OSCAR POOP....

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OSCAR POOP....

Postby Animal5150 on Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:57 pm

So I watched my O take a poop yesterday....first time I had seen it!
Now does anyone know what color it should be?  Is it like a dog and you can tell how their insides are doing by the state of their poop? :sign5:
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Re: OSCAR POOP....

Postby Mark Stone on Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:59 pm

I've heard that you can, but personally I think the color of an Oscar's trail depends on the color of the food he just ate  tmbsup I'd stick with behaviour, gill color, fin health and orientation as stronger health clues.  ;D tmbsup ;D
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Re: OSCAR POOP....

Postby Animal5150 on Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:12 pm

funny you should say behavior...the O Im talking about started being a little "pissy" lately....the whole swim fast and come up and act like he's Shamu and splash water around thing....He also has been scratching himself lately on his rocks, but again thats from him "big fishing".....any thoughts? :dontknow:
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Re: OSCAR POOP....

Postby Barb Okla on Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:33 am

IF he is rubbing  on objects, then that means a couple of things:

1.  the pH has droped to low from where it was at normaly.. LIKE it was 7.4 then it went to 6.8 in less than 24 hours.. This irratates them so they rub on objects.. Check the pH when U see them acting off, doing routine VACS of the gravel and keeping YOUR filter clean helps prevent this.. With a Oscar, a good 30% of your tanks gallons is reccommended..  To figure this out,
say  your tank is a 55 gal.. 55x .30 = 16.5 gal of water OUT/IN. As this is close to 15 gal then do that so U can measure the dechlor/salt/other better..

2. High Ammonia to HIGH NITRITES.. Either one can do the same.. these two should always be 0ppm in your tank IF cycled.. IF the pH crashed then Ammonia is the blame most times. .the best way to delute theses down is to do a WATER CHANGE and clean the tank /filter if it has not been done in 5 days..

3. ICH. this is a parasite that is like someone sprinkled salt on them.. These mostly FIRST show up in the fins.. they Rub as they do suck fluids on the fish so they itch..  LOW temperatures then HIGH temps cause ICH,,  And stress from other picking on them to being new to the tank.. ICH does not like salt OR high temps.. ONE tablespoon per 5 gal should be used in the tank regardless if U have ICH or not.. ONLY get Aquarium SALT to do this with.. Do not  TREAT for ICH  if U are unsure if they have it.!!..

4. Temperature too HIGH. best to keep it at 76F OR 78F ( 24c - 24c) to warm and they get kind of aggressive, to 80F ( 26c +) and up,, They swim around trying to find a mate and get MORE aggressive,  Best to keep it lower in temp...

I have found in all my tanks especially with BIG cichlids, that only 2" of gravel is fine.. Any more and it collects to much waste and uneaten food.. IF U have more than 2", on your next water change, I would remove it to this amount.. A UNUSED NEW small plastic dust pan works great to remove gravel with.. This wil also make it easier to VAC on tank/filter cleaning day..

YES U need a better filter. Get a Emperor with bio-wheels.. this wil help keep the tank seeded with good bacteria and help more with water quailty in the tank with big cichlids. Depending on how big the tank is, IF OVER a 29 gal, ONE Emperor 280 OR a  Emperor 400, wil do U good.. IF bigger, say 55 gal and UP, then TWO Emperor 400, one per side wil keep your tank VERY clear..
IT is cheaper to get them on LINE.. U can get TWO filters for the price of ONE at any LFS..
Petsolutions has them on sale: http://www.petsolutions.com/Emperor-400 ... 2+C19.aspx
the 280 can be found on the right side..
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Re: OSCAR POOP....

Postby Animal5150 on Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:47 pm

Sounds like my O is getting a xmas present...a new filter! tmbsup
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Re: OSCAR POOP....

Postby Tony.H on Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:05 am

In regards to the oscar poop Mine the other day did a poop that was white and wormy looking , but on closer examination was not a worm it was poop tmbsup, which got me thinking I've feed them the same thing since they arrived here, apart from a few tinfoil barb scales on occasion and algae of the snails shells from time to time. Where did that come from???????? mmmmmm :dont know: is white normal???, I haven't seen them poop much. By the way thanks for that info Barb Okla I've found it interesting and helpful
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Re: OSCAR POOP....

Postby Animal5150 on Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:42 pm

funny thing....see I have 2 o's.....one is Oscar and one is Scarface.....I actually see Scarface poop at least twice a week....STILL havent seen Oscar poop and I have had him for 6 years!
BUT Oscar loves his golf ball.....Scarface dosent care?!  SILLY FISH!!! :fish:
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