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A few misc. questions
Old 01-22-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
 
A few misc. questions

1- I have an Oscar who was sitting on the rocks and not moving for about an hour this morning, and didn't seem to eat when I fed him and the others (I have a 36G bowfront that is pretty tall, and normally he's swimming around the middle/top waiting to be fed). He had a battle with ick once or twice that I was able to cure pretty quickly and he doesn't seem to have that this time around (even when he had it, he was still swimming pretty happily it seemed). I think this might be stress, which leads me into point #2, but is there anything else it could be?

2- I have 3 smaller convicts in the tank (I think they are fall females, they have orange spots on their sides and blue in their fins -- can anyone confirm?), and yesterday for the first time they started pecking at my electric blue johanni who is slightly bigger. I thought maybe this turmoil was upsetting my Oscar (and perhaps the others in the tank) -- could this be? My Oscar is by far the biggest in the tank, so frankly I figured he wouldn't care that some of the other smaller fish are grappling, but maybe he does...?

3- I am hoping that maybe the water parameters are just a little out whack and maybe this can be corrected when I do a water change tonight. I know it needs it pretty badly...would that lead to stress and thus, his behavior of laying on the rocks?

4- Obviously Oscars produce a lot of waste, which is leading to me having to change the water more frequently, so...to reduce waste, should I possibly reduce feeding frequency to once a day rather than twice a day? I typically feed them at 7am and 6pm, going around 12 hours between meals which I thought was nice for them. I was reluctant to drop it down to once a day because A) the Oscar honestly looks like he could eat like 8 times a day, and there are also 6 other fish besides him in the tank which I thought was a reasonable amount and therefore just unfair to feed only once a day...

Again, appreciate the feedback.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
 
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Tank is overstocked, 36 is WAY to small for all those guys. Can get away for a bit with a small oscar, but needs to moved into atleast a 55. Oscars are notoriously drama queens. Your johanni is suffering from the africa vs south america and can't hang. And yes, those are female convicts. Gold flake on the side is a dead give away.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:04 AM   #3
 
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Tank is overstocked, 36 is WAY to small for all those guys. Can get away for a bit with a small oscar, but needs to moved into atleast a 55. Oscars are notoriously drama queens. Your johanni is suffering from the africa vs south america and can't hang. And yes, those are female convicts. Gold flake on the side is a dead give away.
Thanks for the reply. I gave my tank a very good cleaning the other day, about 50% of the water being changed along with it, which I think is helping the situation some. I also noticed the Oscar has a couple of blotchy white spots on him. As mentioned before he had a few battles with Ich in the past, but it was pretty obvious to spot because he had a lot of small white dots on him -- this is different in that there are 3 or 4 patches, and they are bigger.

I finally broke out my heater and raised the water temperature in part to help cure him of Ich if in fact that's what he has, and also just because it has been getting colder here lately (SW Florida). Normally I don't have to do anything and the tank stays between 72-78 degrees seemingly all year, but lately it's been dipping into the low to mid 60s so I figured that might have also been playing a part in making the Oscar (and the others) a little uncomfortable and susceptible to disease.

As of today he is still pretty lethargic and not swimming a whole lot, but it seems to be improving very slightly. Still not eating much though, if at all.


I am not too worried about the Johanni because he's pretty damn tough. He's still slightly bigger than the Convicts, and he's definitely a male (yellow egg spots on his bottom fin), so I think he can hold his own. He also frequently still chases the Orange Blotch Zebra, and in fact chases the Convicts away from the diftwood that he has made his home. You can even see some of the Convicts have some nipped fins in their backs so I have a feeling he is the one harassing them, rather than the other way around.
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