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Thread: Newer Oscar

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    DO NOT use table salt. The iodine will kill the fish.
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    don't use iodized salt.
    aquarium salt, rock salt, kosher salt, ... are good.
    edit: sorry for repetition. i didn't see gm72 post.
    Last edited by Ocellatus; 10-28-2007 at 10:59 PM.
    80g Oscar Tank
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    I know, I discussed other fish with him as well but he stated earlier he may change his mind on the oscars.

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    The only time I would just put a fish into the tank without acclimation is if the fish is dying in the bag. Otherwise you need to take the time to do this right.

    I just use the bag. Open it up, dump half the water down the sink, then use a clip (the kind used for bags of potato chips to close them up/keep them fresh)...I use that clip to hold the bag on the inside of the tanks lip. After 10 minutes I unclip the bag and use a turkey baster* to squirt tank water into the bag. This is repeated every 10 minutes for the next 30 minutes ++ (depending on where I got the fish, and saltwater always get extra time).

    You want to do this not only to equalize the water temp but also to get the pH and hardness of the different water closer. If you just dump a fish from one pH to another the fish can get very ill and die. This is especially true going from a higher pH to a lower one.

    But what's done is done. About the only thing I can suggest for your new oscar is that you check your water parameters to make sure you don't have any problems going on...and if you see any reading of ammonia, or nitrites or if your nitrates are high, do a water change ASAP.




    *A turkey baster can be a very good tool in this hobby but you need to buy it new and use it only for your fish!!
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    everything is 0 except ammonia which is .5. He is on the gravel. But the guy said if the oscar is still doing this after a few days bring him back and i can get another one. Free.

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    Did you cycle your tank?
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    i put stuff in it every 7 days to cycle it.

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    You need to do a water change. You should have 0 for ammonia...
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    then that would ruin the start of my cycle. I need ammonia to get nitrite into nitrate.. and by taking water out and ammonia being in water that means my cycle cant get going.,.correct?

    Im not positive on this.

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    So you haven't cycled your tank.


    You have three options.

    The first is to take the fish back to the LFS and do NOT buy any more fish of any kind until the tank is actually cycled.

    The second is to save the fish you have. Which means you MUST do water changes. Doing water changes may prolong the cycle time but it will save the fish you have! The amount of water changed should be around 25%.
    2 weeks - every single day then,
    2 weeks - every other day then,
    2 weeks - 2 times during each week
    Then normal once a week changes.

    The third option is to do nothing but your usual once a week changes and add your bacteria starter and hope for the best. Considering where the fish is now, I doubt there will be a good end....(in plain english, option 1 or 2 is doable, option 3 is almost certain death for the fish!)

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