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    4 - 5 year old 14" Tiger Oscar has a bloated abdomen....more pronounced on the left side of the body. Hasn't eaten in two days, and is lying upright on the bottom of the tank. Color is good, breathing seems fine, eye color is good, fins look healthy.
    75 gallon tank, meticulously cleaned weekly. Cichlid pellet staple diet with some crickets, beetles. No feeder fish. Occassionally fed frozen fish food. Very concerned. Any advice woudl be appreciated!

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    Check this link, it may help.

    http://www.fishnet.org/sick-fish-chart.htm

    Are the scales raised on the swollen area?
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    So sorry to hear about that I do hope you can help him out . Do let us know of your progress.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    Hope all goes well for your fish.
    I'd stop feeding it completely, raise the temperature a few degrees,
    Add a small quantity of salt to the water and boost aeration. If you think it might be more than constipation or blockage and instead an internal bacterial infection you might try treating it with an antibiotic that gets absorbed like kanamycin.

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    Thank you for your replies.
    No....the scales are not raised.
    I will post some pics soon.
    Based on everything I've read over the past two days, it seems like adding Epson salt and/or feeding it peas (if he will eat them) is the best course of action for now assuming/hoping it is constipation/blockage. The other possibilities are too grave to even think about right now. I will post updates. I sincerely appreciate everybody's input.

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    One more note: I have not seen the usual amount of poop (if any at all) in the tank. However, I did see him poop out a very small amount of yellowish material that was very different looking than his usual bowel movements.

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    An update:
    Ammonia 0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, and ph is 7.2 - 7.6 (is this high)?

    Also, based on some advice given on other websites, I tried feeding him peas but he will not eat them. He was interested, chew on them a bit, but spit them out.

    I then took three of his favorite cichlid pellets, wet them, and put a few Epson salt granules on the pelletts. He gobbled them right up. Hopefully he will have a major bowel movement soon.

    If not, I will try an Epson salt bath in a hospital tank.

    If that doesn't work, I bought some medicine for bacterial infections.

    We'll see.

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    A pH of 7.6 is not that high and it was probably always there so I wouldn't mess with it. A stable pH is more important to fish then the perfect pH.
    It sounds like your doing everything you can at this point, best of luck with your Oscar.
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    Sounds like he might be constipated. This can be caused by diet but also from them swallowing gravel or other objects.

    You can read about constipation in fish here
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