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post #11 of 24 Old 01-07-2010, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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No, all readings in check, i actually tested my water 3 times before releasing him into the aquarium....

ammonia 0ppm
nitrites 0ppm
nitrates 10ppm

temp 78 deg. f

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post #12 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 01:51 AM
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Sounds good. A good diet and excellent water quality are really the key to his recovery, but a mix of Melafix and Pimafix works wonders for bacterial/fungal infections should those show up. Keep us updated!

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post #13 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 06:50 AM
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I agree,Water changes maybe twice a week with good diet will benefit the Oscar.
Not a fan of medicating fish but in this case, And if caught early,, I would opt for Maracyn and or Maracyn II over Tea tree oil if bacterial infection became issue. Would not use however unless condition was serious for the meds mentioned will affect biological filter and close testing would be needed in my opinion for probable bacteria die off and subsequent ammonia or nitrite spikes.
If case was mild,then perhaps Melafix or Pima fix MIGHT prevent it from becoming worse.
Would feed all of the afore mentioned foods and perhaps some vegetable matter as well.
Am a fan of Ocean Nutritions cichlid foods as well as Hikari's Bio Gold pellets.

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post #14 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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i have been offering him the hikari cichlid pellets. so far he doesnt seem interested. i left the lights off and didnt attempt to feed until this AM. I went back up to petco this AM to let them know how he was doing and i was ableto get a bit more history on him. from what they say i women dropped him off wednesday night because he was getting beat up by the other oscars in her tank. i guess she told them that he was on a diet of feeder fish, nothing else....i think i am going to have a difficult time trying to get him off the feeder fish diet and on to a pelleted one. I am not a fan of give my fish feeder fish just because i dont know what they are eating...i know this probably is going to sound terrible of me, but i do have some molly fry i cant get rid of....should i try those??

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post #15 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 08:22 AM
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You can offer him the Molly's...if YOU can do that/ watch it.

How's he acting this AM?

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post #16 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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i told myself not to be too diappointed if i woke up this morning and found him dead, but to my surprise he is swimming happily and chasing the plecos in there. As mentioned before he wont eat the pelleted food i offered. he seems to be begging for food though. If i sit next to the tank he will swim up and down the side closest to me and snap at the water line. So this is why i fed him this morning. i was going to wait a full 24 hours before trying to feed him just to let him settle a bit more

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post #17 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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i hate to feed him the babies but...::sighs::.......

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post #18 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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here are some more pics, i dont know how much better they are....
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post #19 of 24 Old 01-08-2010, 09:17 AM
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I might leave the fish to beg for food and then offer the pellets. If it refuses,, net out the pellets and try again the following day. Fish appears to have appetite which is good But I fear the needed vitamins will not be realized with diet of molly fry. Might try offering chopped earthworm,frozen chopped Krill , frozen chopped shrimp, Squid, Mussles, Anything but feeders for they alone will not in my opinion sustain the fish health wise.
I feel for you. I have a Dempsey that absolutely refuses pellets of any kind but will take the foods I mentioned if I thaw them and cut them into pieces he can handle.
Keep trying with different foods and hopefully ,you can wean him from the feeders.

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I'd also try the food you have at home, over & over again, he'll get used to it and accept it soon enough. I pers couldn't do the baby feeding...

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