Oscar lying on side - unable to get up

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6 years ago #1
Charliemom
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HELP... I have a oscar that is lying on his side at the bottom of the tank and appears to be unable to straighten up. When he does move, he swims sideways. He has not eatten for about a week. I have tried using Metrodinazole, Maracyn 2 and Epsom salts. One of his eyes appears to be very cloudy and the meds are extremely slow in clearing it up. Help...

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6 years ago #2
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How big is the tank? How long have you had him? Is your tank cycled?

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6 years ago #3
charliemom
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I've had him for 8 years. He is alone in a 90 gallon tank. The tank has been his home for over 5 years.

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6 years ago #4
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Hmm, ok, that's good then. Does it seem like he is having trouble staying upright? Like his belly is trying to go up or is he sinking straight down?

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6 years ago #5
charliemom
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He's having trouble getting upright. He has been on his side for the last couple of days and cannot seem to get upright. Even when he moves, he swims on his side. His belly seems to be trying to float up with his head and tail down a bit.

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6 years ago #6
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Well, that might be a swim bladder issue, and you can try feeding him boiled, de-shelled peas. Frozen peas work the best. Peas are a natural laxative for fish, so it will help clean him out.

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6 years ago #7
charliemom
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Okay, I'll try doing that. I may have to try feeding it to him with a feeding prong since he can't get to the top of the water. I'm hoping he will actually eat it. I'll let you know what happens. Thank you! Great information.

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6 years ago #8
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Yes, please keep me updated! Since he is big, you could probably give him the whole boiled pea, and not have to mush it up at all.

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6 years ago #9
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Have you had him since he was a baby? or did you get him as an adult... Oscars generally live around 14 years take and give some. So if you got him fully grown and its been 8 years, maybe its the age kicking in, immune system becomes weaker ect.

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5 years ago #10
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I am having a similar problem. I bought my Oscar approximately eight years ago from a Wal Mart. She was still very small when purchased. She moves when I tap her with the net (does not seem to have a problem moving when tapped), but she has not been eating for a long time. I put food in the tank, and it sits there floating for about three days or so. Then it seems the food is either on the intake of the filters or on the bottom of the tank. She is in a corner of the tank that she never rests in, and is sideways almost sinking until she reaches the top of the fake plants that have been in her tank for the whole eight years. It is a 75 gallon tank with two filters and heaters. The temperature is good and anytime I clean the tank I use the tap water equalizers. I have tried the sea salt and fish antibiotics. She has recently started twitching. I feel she may be dying, yet it would be about two years or more too soon. Does anyone have any advice. When I tap her with the net, she straightens up and swims away as if upset with me, but she goes right back to the same spot and lays there sideways.

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4 years ago #11
Ella
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try to feed it some blood worms with some long feeder tongs. This meathod has worked well with many people with the same problem as you. The oscar could also be suffering a bladder problem. Dont worry this can be fixed easily, simply take a frozen pea(or a raw pea whatever works best for you) and boil it, then feed it to your oscar with some feeding tongs. Peas are a natural lacsitive for fish, so it will empty your oscars intestine. Hope everything works out! Good Luck!

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4 years ago #12
oscarlover88
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I can use just regular store bought frozen peas? I dont have to cook them?

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4 years ago #13
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what I do is microwave a couple of peas in a clean (well rinsed so no soap) container with old tank water till soft, peel off the skin and break it into bite size pieces. Not sure the size for oscars -- i feed mine to my betta so it has to be very small.

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3 years ago #14
madias
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Same problem. Has it worked for u . my oschar belly very skimny not eating what so ever i tryed he keeps spitting it back out

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3 years ago #15
iluvmyfish
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oscars are very picky when it comes to food, and i have the same problem too but notied a injured spot around a penny size on the head. im scared my fish will die

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2 years ago #16
Robin Reid
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My Oscar is 13 1/2 years old and was ok, went away for a couple of days, came home and he's on side at the top of the tank and can't seem to right himself. Also, I haven't seen him eat in about a week. I tried the pea thing , he spit most of them out, don't think it's a bowel problem.HELP ANYONE?

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1 year ago #17
Pamela
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I have an 8 year old Oscar. He started doing the same thing when he lost his mat. This has been 3 years ago. The last 5 months he has gotten worse and does not eat on his own. I have tried everything I can think of including the peas. He allows me to hand feed him, I don't want to put him down unless I know he is in pain.

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1 year ago #18
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Pamula, This is a year old thread. It would help if you make a new question, up where is says Ask a Question, telling what your fish is doing.

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1 year ago #19
dakota
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I bought my oscars like 4 days ago and I've never seen it eat yet and im afraid it they might die can some one help!

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1 year ago #20
dakota
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I bought my oscars like 4 days ago and I've never seen it eat yet and im afraid it they might die can some one help!

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4 months ago #21
Madison
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Hi Dakota! Since you just got your fish I'm assumuing it's stress. It's usually very hard for the animal to accumulate him\herself to the new surroundings. It can also could be water parameters, food they're not used to that they normally got at the store, ect......Dont worry if he\she is super hungry though because some species like bettas can survive up to a week without food.(yet depending on the fish itself of course) Could you actually start a new thread on your topic? I think that would be alot easyer for people to find and won't be bumping down the other new threads for others experiencing difficulties like you are. Remember never to jump to conclusions about any kind of sicknesses or parasites because in situations like this(often if a new tank or overcrowded tank) it's most likely water parameters if not stress. Test your water for ammonia,nitrites,nitrates,pH, and tempature. Include your aquarium size, decor\what the decors made of(including pebbles),Species,tank mates, and the description of your fish as much as possible from behavior to appearance(from now and what you remember at the petstore.) Include this info when you post your own thread. Alot of this information can be used to find what could be happening with the animal. Remember never to jump to conclusions about anything right away, don't take risks when your stressed, try one thing at a time and take it slowly so that you know exactly what the solution for the problem was so you can prevent catastrophes, and STAY CALM. Today I lost 2 fish from fluctuations in pH but if they didn't pass away I may not have known what the problem was due to the fact I had to examine their bodie's to find the solution that was more than that. I wouldn't have the answers in time if they hadn't have died-RIP. This was the sad solution for my fish to live but I found my way through experementation and patience. I'm sure you'll find your solution but over time after posting your thread you should search online for some care instructions and possibilities until you find one that is most likely than find a possible safe solution. Good luck-
Madison

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4 months ago #22
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Thanks for your answer but you should check the dates in upper right corner first. This op posted 5 yrs ago. Just a heads up for you.

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