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post #11 of 19 Old 02-02-2011, 11:58 AM
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Nothing wrong with disagreement as long as we are open to fact based discussions. Metronidazole is said to work on HITH per the belief the condition is caused by the flagella hexamita which is by no means a given. There are many updated sources on line discussing this.

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Most chemical medications affect aerobic bacteria at least a little and since HITH is heavily positively correlated with stressful water conditions and oscars' condition readily improves with the simple improvement of conditions sans medications my suggestion would be to do that first.

I hope you NoaDon are successful with the oscar's recuperation and again commend you for caring.
I think I was comparing apples to oranges, ie: discus vs. oscar, bad water conditions vs. Hexamita. I treated a Discus for HITH due to Hexamita. The Metro didn't affect my bio and the Metro successfully cured my discus of HITH. Water conditions in the tank are pristine, it's my belief the fish already was infected with Hexamita before I had aquired it.

Good informative post, OscarLoverJim!!

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post #12 of 19 Old 02-06-2011, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I went to a pet store the other day and bought some of that metro stuff, and the very next day that I treated the tank with it, like god touched her withe his own hands, she gained her appetite back! She jwd her appetite for 3 days, and then she lost it! Now she's not hungry, at all, and the holes are mutiplying! D: What now? Pleeese help!
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Okay, so I went to a pet store the other day and bought some of that metro stuff, and the very next day that I treated the tank with it, like god touched her withe his own hands, she gained her appetite back! She jwd her appetite for 3 days, and then she lost it! Now she's not hungry, at all, and the holes are mutiplying! D: What now? Pleeese help!
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How are the water parameters in your tank? How big is the tank again and is the new oscar in with another oscar and what are their sizes?

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Okay, so I went to a pet store the other day and bought some of that metro stuff, and the very next day that I treated the tank with it, like god touched her withe his own hands, she gained her appetite back! She jwd her appetite for 3 days, and then she lost it! Now she's not hungry, at all, and the holes are mutiplying! D: What now? Pleeese help!
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Do understand that many times ,fish are beyond help but I applaud you for your effort.

Agree with Oscar Jim with regards to tank size for one Oscar and water qualtiy is paramount to the fishes survival.Ammonia and nitrites must read zero, and nitrates should be no higher than 20 ppm.
Metronidazole is best crushed up and mixed with food, but if fish is not eating,then treating the tank becomes necessary.
Have crushed up two 250 Mg pills of metro (not easily soluable) and treated at 500 mg per ten gal every ten hours with 50 percent water change between each dose for 7 to 10 days.
Lights must be off or med oxidises and temp should be 84 to 86 degrees F during treatment.(less effective at lower temps)
Would also utilize airstone at these temps.
Once the pills are crushed ,place the meds in half a glass of aquarium water and place in microwave until mixture comes to boil. Remove carefully, (will be extremely hot) and slowly add it to the tank.
This is the only way I have had any degree of success with Metro and ,,daily large water changes of 50 to 60 percent for a couple weeks ,would be my first choice of treatment.(before meds)
Quality pellet foods and frozen shrimp,fish,earthworms,crickets, krill,and NO feeder fish will also provide benefit.
If water quality is poor which very well could have been the problem berfore,,no medications will be effective. Clean water through water changes is often best medicine.

Metronidazole has no negative effect on biological filter and nitrifying bacteria to my knowledge and expieriences with this particular medication.Does have effect on anerobic bacteria.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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post #15 of 19 Old 02-07-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, ozzy is about 3 inches and the new one is about 5 inches, but dont
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Worry, im looking for a bigger tank, and everything is perfect. Ammonia, water temp, i do 50% water changes every other day! I'll try to look for some of th
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Those pills! Thanks for the advice! ;)
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post #18 of 19 Old 04-06-2011, 06:59 PM
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You oscar has a disease known as hole in head disease. Look it up for treatment methods as it needs a certain medicine. I think PetLand carries it.
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Hey NoaDon12.... we still want to see pics! Is your avatar your old Oscar or new rescue? Must be the old one or wow you've done a good job!!!

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