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Old 10-27-2006, 04:41 PM   #11
 
hmmm. is it some kind of fungi? the ick could of brought it
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Old 10-27-2006, 06:14 PM   #12
 
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If possible you should try feeding more times a day. Not more food but at more frequent intervals. This keeps the fish active and keeps the metabolism going strong. An increased metabolic rate speeds up everything. Speeds up healing and increases it's immune system. This only needs to occur until everything is back to normal. I'd also plan on raising the temp up to 86F for about 2 weeks.

Good of you to stop feeding live feeders. It can be a bad practice. Goldfish are horrible feeders and will cause health problems. Many a captive fish has been injured chasing or consuming live fish.

When I was young 8-12, I mainly kept oscars. Had 2 55g tanks running with 5 oscars total. They seemed more like pets than fish. Mine would eat any large pellets I offered. Hikari pellets will really bring out hte color. Did you know that oscars need to be entertained? Try adding a ping pong ball to the tank. After a few days it will begin chasing it and blowing it around the tank.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:03 PM   #13
 
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Since the two are in the same tank, you should be feeding more often as was already said (because of the baby).

As for the fungus, some one else told the truth as well.
Raise the temp to 86. HOWEVER, you need to keep it that high for about two weeks AFTER the last sign of illness..so that means maybe three weeks or even a month. No big deal.

Since you aren't sure if the illness is bacterial or fungal, try a "cocktail" of Melafix and Pimafix used according to the directions.

I would ALSO (on top of the heat, Pima and Mela fix) add 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of aquarium salt per 5 gallons of water. That will boost osmotic gill function for both of your O's.

In future, my humble advice is: PLEASE QT new fish for at least two weeks....even if you QT them in a Rubbermaid container on your kitchen table...
It saves sooooooo much grief!
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:18 PM   #14
 
I didn't know you could QT that way, I absolutely will. I wanted to QT him when I got him but didn't have any way to do so. The past few days (after raising the temperature and adding salt) it looks like it is residing. Now I just gotta keep a close eye on him.
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:13 PM   #15
 
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Just remember the higher the temp the lower the oxygen in the water so make sure youve got a lot of airation.
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:25 PM   #16
 
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Just remember the higher the temp the lower the oxygen in the water so make sure youve got a lot of airation.
Great tip, as I didn't know the temperature affected the oxygen! I have been thinking, lately, about adding an airstone, or something of the like. How advisable is this?
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:15 PM   #17
 
i would put a air stone in your hex tank. theres prolly less air at the bottom so this would be good idea
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:20 PM   #18
 
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The way i look at it is, unless your using a wet dry you should have an airstone in the tank.
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:54 PM   #19
 
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Did you know that oscars need to be entertained? Try adding a ping pong ball to the tank. After a few days it will begin chasing it and blowing it around the tank.
Aww man... now I really want an oscar!!!
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:56 PM   #20
 
lol i dont think u have room in your 10gal for him
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