Oscar has a Bloated Belly

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Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Ktiller » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:19 pm

Came Home today and noticed one of my Oscars have a bloated belly and a few white spots on the underside.
Never seen this before. My o is acting sorta fine. it is eating but only a little, and swimming around normal. Has any one seen this or know what is wrong?
i also noticed some seperation on the fins. maybe fighting with my other Oscar idk?
i took a picture but not the greatest.

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Tank Size: 75 gallon
How long has it been setup: 3 months
How many fish:4
Type of fish:2 oscars and 2 pictus cats
Size of fish: oscars are about 3.5" long and pictus are abut 2"
Filtration: 2 emperor 400's
Ammonia Reading:0
Nitrite Reading:1ppm
Nitrate Reading:20ppm
PH Reading:7.4
Temperature:80 degrees
Any recent changes in tank decor or tank mates:no
Any medication:no
Food what kind how often:2 times a day mainly staple and some freeze dried shrimp and bloodworms soaked at first
When was last water change and how much:2 days ago 15%-20%
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Blake » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:31 pm

Would up that water change to at least 50% preferably more. You should never have a nitrite reading and your nitrates are high to have just done a water change. I would do a larger water change today or tomorrow and then get on the dame schedule with the large amount.
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Ktiller » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:31 pm

Just did a good 50% water change on the tank and treated the water... will check it in the morning...
My Oscar is not acting funny im just wondering if the water balance made it Constipated!!! and thats the issue...(i Heard it Happens)
as for the split fin's yeah they are fighting or showing dominancy in the tank!!!

I will keep a vigilant eye on them for the next few days. and see if anything improves...

i dont want to jump the gun and start dumping meds and stuff in the tank that does not need it... :fro:
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby donsfish » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:29 pm

If it is constipation you can use epsom salts to help, I believe it's a teaspoon per 5 gallons (double check that)
Or if he'll eat frozen peas will help also.

edit: 1 tablespoon per 10 gallons is the dosage, should mix it up in a container with tank water to dissolve it before adding to tank and then add it slowly.
Any day is a good day for watching the fish swim........
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby OinKY » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:17 pm

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Down at the bottom :fro:

Split fins can be from scuffling,can also be from vitamin deficiency. Get water parameters back good,clear the blockage (which is affecting nutrient uptake)...two birds,one stone.

Think of the lighter spots as stretch marks.Most Os show lighter areas when their stomach becomes distended a bit much.
Just think about it.
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Ktiller » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:47 pm

Good New's i hope, my Oscar poo'd like a mofo!!!! and the bloating is gone!! i was jut worried and panic!!!! :buck:

Thank you Mr. Constipation instead of a parasite!!! :fro:
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby callen » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:52 pm

Oh that is good news. Now you need to find the cause. From what you said it sounds like he needs more of a variety of foods. Do you feed fruit and veggies?
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby OinKY » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:54 pm

Great news :fro:
...and a little panic is good.Shows you care for their well-being.
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Ktiller » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:58 am

My Oscar is much better today.... i think it might have been the pellets i started feeding them... i switched to a larger pellet and i think maybe it ate to much and the food swelled up..
the fins and spots are from the two fighting. i had to seperate them last night cause it was getting ugly with the larger O attacking the smaller one.
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby callen » Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:02 pm

Ok that makes sense about the pellets.
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Ktiller » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:39 pm

yeah i will have to keep an eye on how many i feed them....

But all is good today..she tried to eat one of my pictus cat's that was funny.... Pictus was not Happy nor was Gaia!!!! ;)
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby callen » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:45 am

Are you feeding a mix of foods? Pellets are ok but they do need other foods. When I had my O's I actually cut out feeding pellets because I feed more fresh foods.

Some pellets are better then others. What brand are you feeding?
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Re: Oscar has a Bloated Belly

Postby Ktiller » Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:00 pm

im feeding them some frozen pea's, squash mix, and some earth worms once in a while..
as for pellets im feeding them the Hikari brand Cichilid Staple
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