Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-15-2005, 05:35 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: DC
Posts: 2
Emergency! Very sick Oscar

I am somewhat new to the aquarium world. Recently, in the past two days my oscar developed a white, what looked a scarpe. Today the white part just disolved it appears. I have pictures below. Thanks
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	picture_003_274.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	88.2 KB
ID:	1949  
__________________

__________________
Lethargic8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2005, 06:04 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 184
Send a message via MSN to Essayons89
Hi and welcome Lethargic8.

Do you have test kits for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? If so, can you please test and the post the results? What is the temp of the tank? How often do you do water changes and gravel vacs? Any tankmates with the oscar?

The Oscar has finrot, this is a bacterial infection that is usually caused by the Flexibacter columnaris bacteria. This type of infection can be brought on by any number of factors such as:

- poor water quality (ie- a cycling tank, nitrates over 20ppm, poor water change frequency)
- fighting/fin-nipping
- newly imported fish or fish that are new from the store
- pH shifting greater than 0.2pH points every couple days

Signs of finrot include:

- redness around the base of the spine of the fins
- ragged, torn or stumpy fins, sometimes with a white or greyish edge to them
- disintegrating fins

If the oscar is the only fish in the tank then you can treat him in the main tank, if not then he needs to be quarantined. Finrot can be treated using a combination of Maracyn and Maracyn 2. The Maracyn is erythromycin and will treat for the finrot, the Maracyn 2 is used to treat for any possible secondary bacterial infections that may be present.

Lower the temp of the tank to 76F, this will slow down the spread of infection, at war mer temps this will spread rapidly. Treat the fish for five days, after the fifth day perform two large water changes twelve hours apart, up to 50% each time is fine, then treat for another five days. Remember that is important to treat for a few days after all signs and symptons of infection have disappeared.

These meds will lower the dissolved oxygen level in the water. When using them you will need to lower the water level an inch or two belowe the water return of the filter or add an airstone to the tank to keep dissolved oxygen levels up. They will also cloud the water, this is normal and nothing to worry about. They are also photosensitive so lights should be dimmed or kept off. If you run carbon in your filter you will need to remove the carbon.

HTH,
Bryan
__________________

__________________
Essayons89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: DC
Posts: 2
Thanks very much Essayons89 for the rapid reponse, and very in depth reply. I happen to live a ways out from the fishstore, but I will be in the area tommorow, is tommorow too late do you think or should I just make the trek now? Thanks.
-Derek
__________________
Lethargic8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2005, 10:30 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 184
Send a message via MSN to Essayons89
You're welcome, if you haven't gotten the meds already then start the treatment as soon as you get them tomorrow. The earlier this is caught the easier it is to treat.

Bryan
__________________
Essayons89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 09:46 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 41
In addition to what Essayons89 said to do, adding some Melafix to the tank will help speed up healing and regenerate the fins. However, having tons of medication in the tank can be stressful to the fish, so you may want to wait until after you've treated with the other medications.
__________________
thatonegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 09:41 PM   #6
Vip
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Melbourne australia
Posts: 54
I dont think you need meafix, Oscars are pretty hardy and that just looks like his tail has been bitten or he got it caught somewhere i wouldnt stress to much, what other fish are in the tank?
Vip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2005, 10:45 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vip
I dont think you need meafix, Oscars are pretty hardy and that just looks like his tail has been bitten or he got it caught somewhere i wouldnt stress to much, what other fish are in the tank?
True, you don't really need Melafix; the wound will eventually heal on it's own, but it really does help speed things up. And to me that looks like finrot, not just an injury caused by a tankmate or just clumsiness.
__________________

__________________
thatonegirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ick, oscar, sick

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
EMERGENCY (stupid, not sick fish.... Yoyo loach) Regen311 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 14 02-05-2007 01:50 PM
Help! Sick puffer emergency!! weezerbot Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12 12-06-2005 11:15 AM
Emergency ... Sick Discus. Steven A Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 7 12-01-2005 12:41 PM
Emergency! Very sick fish!! sciencegirl Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 10 01-19-2005 03:45 PM
Sick Oscar... wvdeadhead Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 5 04-10-2004 12:43 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×