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Old 06-21-2013, 07:40 AM   #1
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Need a straight answer. Can u help.

I have a new tiger Oscar and after reading on the web what diseases they can get.

My Oscar has what looks to be little holes in the first thee dots so to speak. What is this? Pic is **** sorry.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:46 AM   #2
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Hole in head disease? Ususlly caused by poor water conditions.

If you google it you can find out more.
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I had an angel fish that survived it. There are Meds available.
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Only had him a week and a half.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Probably already had it. What size tank, tankmates, pentameters, etc...?
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:11 AM   #6
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HLLE Head and Lateral line Erosion.Usually caused by poor water conditions and Bad Diet.
What tank size,Filtration and Diet?
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HITH is a parasitic disease found in angelfish and discus. It is caused by Hexamita spp. and/or Sprionucleus vortens and is treated with metronidazole or other anti-parasitic medications.

HLLE is a nonparasitic condition usually caused by less than ideal food and water quality. This is common in oscars (and many other species). It does NOT respond to any meds, but is treated by improving food and water quality. In some very rare cases it has been demonstrated that the cause in those cases was carbon use in the filter.

HITH and HLLE are two different diseases but with the internet and people regurgitating information people think they are the same issue...this is inaccurate.

Oscars and other larger new world cichlids rarely get HITH, they get HLLE which is generally due to prolonged exposure to high nitrates. They key to prevention and or curing is keeping the nitrate concentration below 20ppm(10ppm is better) and feeding a high quality and easily digestable pellet such as New Life Spectrum. Depending on how severe the deterioration of the sensory pits is there may be some permanent scarring but follow the above directions and there will be improvement.

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I have a new tiger Oscar and after reading on the web what diseases they can get.

My Oscar has what looks to be little holes in the first thee dots so to speak. What is this? Pic is **** sorry.

Cheers
Yes the fish does have Head And Lateral Line Erosion, it's clearly visible.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:31 AM   #8
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Your Oscar defiantly has HLLE. From the one pic is doesn't look like its horrible yet. Like hukit said you may be able to cure it with the work needed
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I stand corrected. Thanks. I've never kept oscars. Thought it was the same thing. My bad.
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I stand corrected. Thanks. I've never kept oscars. Thought it was the same thing. My bad.
No need to apologize! Hukit knows his stuff for sure so when he post advise learn from it and pass it along to others cause he, like the rest of us are here to help and want to see others succeed in their fish keeping.
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