My red veiltail Oscar, Snape, has been sick for a couple of weeks now. I had gone to the facebook page for the O spot since it's quicker and convenient, especially at work, to use fb than to log into forums (which are hard for me to navigate on my phone) I got some quick, good information and help there, but he is still not improving.
He has been perfectly fine for the years I've had him (around 4), then one day he was just laying on his side after showing no previous signs of being sick. It was assumed that he was probably in one of his Oscar Moods since the living room had been recently rearranged. However, he never got up. He just lays on his side. He is breathing, and he will occasionally wiggle himself into a new position, but after a few seconds he is laying on his side.
His water tests have been fine. Ph 7.0, nitrites 0, ammonia 0
His water is clean, clear, and odorless. He shares his tank with a common Pleco who is doing perfectly fine.
He is in a 75 gallon tank with 150 gallons worth of filtration using a Fluval 404 as well as an Aqua Genie hang-on. He also has an air thing (oh God I forgot what they are actually called, lol,... the thing that adds oxygen in the water with bubbles...)
Tank temperature is kept 79-80.
I do a 30-40% water change about 2x per week.
I was told to try frozen peas in case he is bloated, but he won't eat at all. I have even tried forcing the food into his mouth and it just floats back out.
His diet I've had him on includes- Cichlid Bio Gold, Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp, Tubifex Worm cubes, freeze dried Earth worms, Spirulina Flakes.
I am scared that I am going to lose him. He does not look injured at all. His colors are fine, as well. He just can't swim and just lays on his side :-(