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Old 02-28-2013, 12:49 PM   #21
 
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Something I dont think Ive seen mentioned yet - one of the big reasons why you should not mix NW and African cichlids is because of the difference in diet. Many African cichlids develop problems when they are fed a diet too high in protein, and if I recall correctly oscars need a more protein rich diet.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:09 PM   #22
 
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Something I dont think Ive seen mentioned yet - one of the big reasons why you should not mix NW and African cichlids is because of the difference in diet. Many African cichlids develop problems when they are fed a diet too high in protein, and if I recall correctly oscars need a more protein rich diet.
i feed them 3 diffrent foods not jsut a single source so its all balanced. but anyways

day 3 fish still acting fine and eating great notice pleco coming out more to socialize he usually hides with the lights on
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:27 PM   #23
 
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i feed them 3 diffrent foods not jsut a single source so its all balanced. but anyways
How do you make sure that the right fish get the right food? "Balanced" is relative, and all too often misunderstood. An improper diet can create a great deal of stress for a fish, so it might be more applicable than you think. In any event, it's not something that you should just dismiss.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:52 PM   #24
 
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feed each type of food on diff days, so they all eat the same food on said day. yea they all eat their fruits and veggies but they also get a servering of some protiens too. thats how i have always done it and have never had any issues. this isnt my first aquarium or first run with africans. only the osscar is new to me.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #25
 
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You can probably spot feed the oscar meaty foods pretty easily.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:50 PM   #26
 
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day 4, the white areas on the fins are gone, fish eating great and also being social when we walk up to the tank. looks like its on it way out. 3 more days of treatment untill w/c and carbon time. would also like to add the medication smell is filling the entire room. its not nessicarly stinky but you can definately smell it as soon as you get near the room
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:53 PM   #27
 
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lol, I love the smell of teatree, personally! Glad to hear things are looking up!
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:10 PM   #28
 
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day 5-6 of treatments, sorry didnt post yesterday just forgot lol. but anyways pretty much all sighns of the whiteish slime around the fins are gonee. however the fins are not healed back to normal. after treatment going to do w/c about 30% every 3 days just untill the fins grow back to normal. then i will go back to my 50% once every other week. (i like my water clean) im also sure this is going to helkp the fins grow back.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:05 PM   #29
 
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day 6: everything going very well, tank is a bit cloudy though (think thats a unrelated bac bloom) all the fish are very active and eating great. the everyones fins are completely clear of the white goo and all fish fins are healing very fast. the only concern i have right now is the pleco. i dont seem him much during the day but caught a peek at him today. hes missing about half of his tail fin (no white goo on it) so he will probobly take longer to heal then the others. any tips besides frequent water changes to aid in fin healing from fin rot?
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:14 PM   #30
 
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Glad that things are looking up over there, the bacterial bloom *could* very likely be associated with the use of the Melafix - it has the bad habit of being seen as a food source by bacteria in the tank. Not a big deal, it'll clear itself out, but be sure to add extra oxygenation into the tank, as the extra bacteria will be using the available oxygen, too, as with any bacterial bloom. . .

I don't know much about Plecos, so I can't really help you there. I do know that it is considered safe to use this med for two weeks instead of one, if it's necessary. If you have a tank that you can put him in for QT to rest and relax, you might want to do that. It would keep you from having to treat everyone else unnecessarily, and if the Plec is having a tough time with a fin-nipper, give him a chance to fully recover. . .

Clean, clear, stable water parameters is really the best thing that *I* know of to treat things like this, and what you're already doing is the only actual medication that I'm comfortable enough with to recommended. Perhaps others can help you there - but it sounds like at this point you've got the bacteria part kicked, and it's really just a matter of letting the fins heal themselves, and preventing it from coming back. The water changes WILL do this, along with keeping things low-stress in there.
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