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Oscar care (cloudy spot on eye)
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maryann
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PostPosted: 2003.08.18(Mon)19:16    Post subject: Oscar care (cloudy spot on eye) Reply with quote

Hi there...first post here Smile ...

we have an oscar (a real sweetheart!)
He was bought to be in daughter's 20 gallon tank but he grew to almost 7 inches in there (with almost daily water changes) (a bit over a year old)
He is now in a 46 gallon bowfront and seems to really enjoy the room.

What would a good book be to read up on his proper care and nurturing since he has gone beyond "fish" status to King of the Dining Room? Do they HAVE to eat live food?

And I noticed that he has a whitish hazy spot on his eyes, kinda like an old dog.......is that something to be concerned about? He seems to respond well to stimuli and can find his food quite well. He is such a wonderful member of the family....of course all Oscars are!
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)16:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maryann,
Not being an expert on Oscars I can't really tell you about books but I do know that they don't need live food, they just like it! You can feed them specialised Cichlid pellets (the Oscar is a Cichlid if you didn't know) and just 'treat' them with live foods. However if your Oscar is used to live foods it may now refuse to eat anything else and there is little you can do about this.
As for the eyes, yes you should be concerned. 'Cloudy eye' as it is known has various different causes but the most common is bad water quality - although this is not always the case. Have you checked your Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate readings as this could be the cause?
How often do you do water changes and how much do you change?

The good news is that often after an improvement in water quality the condition clears up of its own accord, the bad news is that if you don't address the problem he could well go blind. Sad


Post back with the results of your water quality tests when you can and I can help more if you need it. Smile
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)17:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Type-R's comments are right on the mark, I'm just concerned about a little detail in your post where you mentioned that his hazy eyes are like that of an 'old' dog. Just in case you don't know yet, a well-kept Oscar will easily outlive a dog, so a one-year-old Oscar like yours isn't even fully mature yet, more like a human 'teen'. More reason to be concerned about the water quality, because he's only now beginning to reach maturity and getting ready to enjoy the prime of his life as an adult. I'm just adding this comment because to many people keeping a fish alive is so hard that when they finally manage to do it for a year they think the fish is 'old' Wink

BTW, if you haven't done so already, check out the Oscar pages in the Gallery section of this site, you'll find loads of tips, ideas and experiences submitted by people who own them.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)19:59    Post subject: argh Reply with quote

oh boy....I typed a whole long post and submitted it and then it said INVALID SESSION Twisted Evil Evil or Very Mad POOF it was gone....argh!
copy and paste from now on! Confused

thanks all!
he was in a 20 gallon for a long time (almost a year) and we finally decided that it had gone on long enough....can't wait any longer for the remodel of the house to be done to get the big tank....got one last weekend and put him over with all his rocks and water and stuff.....he really likes the 46 gallon tank.....very active and happy.

He LOVES the new freeze dried krill (jumbo shrimp) and is now boycotting the cichlid pellets..he just watches them float around and looks at us like Rolling Eyes "UH....PINK CAN PLEASE!" no Oscar, not til you finish your dinner!

As far as the cloudy eye thing......hmmmm
I need to read about test kits and get one. we had a saltwater tank 12 years ago and I remember doing all the tests all the time!! didn't know I needed to test freshwater fish Embarassed
How long does it take to clear it up?
It looks better today than it did 2 days ago so I suppose there is improvement already just by being in a bigger tank!
I will let y'all know what the tests show......

ah......now what to put in the empty 20 gallon?
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