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    As some know my new "bumblebee oscars" had turned out to be quite aggressive and incompatible and within a few hours away from the tank one had beaten the other to the point I had to euth it. The remaining one now seems to be falling ill. Water parms in the tank are awesome; 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate...none of my planted tanks have nitrate so that isnt unusual. The fish had a voracious appetite trying to eat even my hand, it had also grown from abit over 3" in Dec. to over 5" as of recently.

    It was the picture of health...and now for no reason it has refused to eat for days and sulks near the top of the tank(2-3" down) and doesnt move alot. Its breathing is normal, fins are not clamped, no torn fins or anything such as that. The fish has no white feces. The other fish in the tank are the picture of health. Outside of not eating it seems the top layer of "skin" on its face is peeling off, somewhat like a sunburn which is starting to peel. Otherwise...no physical symptoms. I have never witnessed anything as strange as this, especially with no decline in water quality. It was literally an overnight change from an active constantly hungry fish, to the top of the tank no eating thing. I wrote it off as constipation for awhile until the face started to do the sunburn peel thing. Any ideas?
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    Battle damage that's just showing up now? If it's a mystery to you...well I don't have a clue. But I'm sorry to hear about it.

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    Doubtful, Id expect some torn fins or something...plus Ive not noticed any aggression from the other fish. The female Sev. does assert herself as the dominant fish in the tank but she never injures the others just chases them from her spot. At any rate I am starting a regimine of 20% waterchanges every other day and Im half dosing some Aquari-Sol just incase.
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    Weird, you have any pics? Hope you can figure out what's going on.
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    Ill get a pic tomorrow, tank lights are off for the night. I have never seen anything like this. It could possibly be an incredibly early/weird form of HITH as the peeling is only on the head area...combined with the lack of eating. However HITH doesnt really show up with good water levels and a decent diet. Although perhaps there is some stray voltage in the tank or something...I have a ton of equipment on there so I suppose that is possible.
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    possible ph swing? ...quite odd to happen so sudden. maybe water chem between supplier and your tank were opposites? that may account for 'skin peeling' or a sunburn effect I would think.
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    Nope, pH is a constant 6.8. Fish was maintained at 7.0 at Rapps facility. I think tomorrow I am going to pick up some Clout medication and dose the tank...as all fish are exposed to whatever this is. I have done some research and it seems that the very early stages of Hexamita sometimes show up as a sunburn peeling effect, I treated them in QT with PraziPro but that doesnt do anything against Hexamita since it is a wild Oscar I am betting this is what it is. If it is Hex. it was only a matter of time before it reared its head...better to treat it now than deal with it later.
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    Fish looks better today, I sat up a 20G QT tank for him...the weirdness on his face is much better looking...it isnt peeling. I havent tried to feed him since yesterday, I will try bloodworms tomorrow. I could not find any Clout in my area, Petsmart was out. I am keeping up with the AquariSol and waterchanges, see how things go. He now has visible white striated marks along the head...pretty classic beginning stages of hexamita from what i have found. No large crators or pitting so it seems I have caught it in time. Still no idea what could have brought this on other that the fish just harboring the parasite and it randomly taking hold. Fingers crossed he pulls through
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    Good luck with him. I hope he continues to improve.

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    I wish you the best of luck and know the fish are in the best care possible with you.

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