02-18-2010, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by molliefan09
our one red oscar which is the largest at about 3-4 inches (same size as the JD) doesnt seem to care for him much as when the JD gets too close he will nip..the other 3 oscars (2 tiger and 1 albino) leave the JD alone...we have separated the JD and red oscar for this reason since seeing the damage on the 2 of them (the red oscar also has the same problem with loss of scales). he is religious with PWC of 25% atleast weekly, sometimes twice weekly. we use prime in all our tanks durring PWC and setting up new aquariums. The reason he says he used salt is because through his research he found a lot of stuff saying how it is benefical to the fish in the sence it helps calm them and with the slime coat. he added 1 tbsp/10 gallons to the entire aquarium and then to only the new water durring PWC and says he let it disolve before adding it to the tank itself. Now that the JD and oscar are separated (we are rehoming the oscar) is there anything we can do to help the JD with the healing process??
My plan would be to make sure the fish was moved to a established (cycled) tank and maintain good water conditions . Zero for ammonia and nitrites,and nitrAtes no higher than 20ppm. Would not use bright lights and would keep temp at around 76 to 78 degrees. At higher temps, bacterial infections ,should that occur,,, are able to progress much more quickly than in cooler temps. Any changes I made in temp would be done slowly over a couple days to three days.
I believe the fish can heal without the use of medications and I would not add salt to freshwater tanks unless treating for ICH.
Healing can take a few weeks but if water is kept clean (changes) most fish heal on their own.
Any tank that held Large cichlids, would in my view benefit from 50 percent water changes each week rather than 25 percent ,and perhaps twice weekly when fish reach adult size.