Hi all. I got Baby Fish (yeah, he needs a name) Saturday the 22nd of this month. He was fine all day Saturday and started sulking Sunday. Monday I decided to go back and get his two friends, he perked up and swam around with them all happy but still didn't eat, even when the other two did.
First off: I know how big they can get, I know to keep them in pairs. I have a 7x2x2 foot tank with an 8 inch tiger in it already, when the new three get big enough to not be food they are going to live with her as only fish in the tank. (I have 2 fluval fx5s filtering it, 2x 250watt heaters, rounded gravel bottom [soon to be sand] slate caves, terracotta pots and java ferns)
the tank the 3x 2 inch oscars are in is 48x18x18 inches, sand bottom, java ferns, slate caves, terracotta pots, and 2x fluval 4+ filters. The whole fish room is heated to 85F keeping the water at 79F.
I tested the water, its at pH 7.4, Ammonia 0ppm, nitrate 5ppm, nitrite 0ppm, liquid test kit (API I think)
His two friends were hanging out with them, when I went to feed them the orange two shot up to eat, and he started swimming like a cork screw and couldn't really get anywhere. I moved him to his own 18x8x8 inch tank with bare bottom, heater set to 80F, used half tank water and half treated fresh, acclimatized him as if he was new, and added a hand full of java fern for him to hide in. He HAS seemed to perk up a little, but that may just be a change of scene. I've been keeping an eye on the three from around the corner and there has been no fighting, they just hang out. He is a bit smaller and skinnier then the others, which makes me worry that he may have been ill when I got him. I have tried feeding him Hikari Cichlid Gold Mini Pellets, and am going to try a little live bloodworm tonight, to see if that perks him up. Is there anything I can do? The local fish shop simply said "bring him back for a replacement" which I don't want to do because I am afraid the trip could kill him.
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Just went to check him, he died :( the fish shops says to just bring him back as they have new ones in and"did have some problems with that batch" way to tell me now. Guess my shop wasn't as great as I thought it was!