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cokeman 12-25-2006 07:18 PM

Oscar laying on the bottom
One of my oscars has been laying on the bottom for the past two days. i thought he/she was dead but it swims around and then returns to the bottom. Is it dying?


Lauri 12-25-2006 07:48 PM

If you could give us a little more information on your tank we maybe able to help.
Have you tested your water? If so please post the results.
Does your oscar show any signs of illness besides the obvious of lying on the bottom. Is he eating?
Any sores or spots of fungus on him?
Any of this information would help us better to determine your problem and a course of action on treatment.

cokeman 12-25-2006 08:17 PM

Water Testing
I have not had the water tested. The fish looks fine and acts fine at times. He does eat. The water temp is 78, the tank is a 200 gal with a large air stone. I have four oscars and two mollys. I put the mollys in about two months ago to test water.

Gump 12-25-2006 08:26 PM

Its normal oscar actions. Most oscars will do this if they get moved to a new tank, and some will do it often through there lives. If its the only fish doing it i wouldnt worry.

Lauri 12-25-2006 11:29 PM

Normal oscar action? I have two O's and have had them about a year and have never seen them laying at the bottom of the tank. They do rest at night hovering at the bottom but have never layed there as if dead. How long have they been in the tank?

Lupin 12-25-2006 11:42 PM

Re: Water Testing

Originally Posted by cokeman
I put the mollys in about two months ago to test water.

How do you suppose mollies react when you test the water using them?:question:

cokeman 12-26-2006 04:09 PM

Oscar Sick or not
He lays on the bottom and chases other fish when they get close.

Gump 12-26-2006 05:20 PM

Whats the temp at? nitrates? nitrites? ammonia?

cokeman 12-26-2006 08:08 PM

I have not tested the water, but the other fish are fine. The water temp is 80.

jsm11482 12-26-2006 09:48 PM

Maybe he's trying to bait the other fish and then gobble 'em up! :wink:

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