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Help don't know what to do?!!

ok so a friend of ours asked us if we wanted a fish tank b/c they were moving and i thought yeah why not? well the fish inside is a oscar and i have never had one of these before and he looks like he's in shock from the transfer he is laying sideways on the bottom of the tank and looks pitiful i have googled info but it seemed to get me nowhere just a bunch of people talking about there oscars if anyone has one or knows anything about them please help i don't want the poor thing to die!!


Asked by amberpaiz at 9:42 PM on Apr. 11, 2011 in Pets

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Answers (10)
  • When you moved him did you replace any of the water? If so and you didn't use declor it is the clorine and/or the water temperature was not the same. It may be to late but if you didn't use declor you can try getting some at the store ( our grocery store carries it) and put the recommended amount into the tank. You will need it anyway for whatever fish you have. You should go to your local pet store to find out how to care for you tank when you get a chance. Oscar's need live food.

    Answer by Keksie at 9:58 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • He is dying:(

    Answer by ABusyBee at 9:42 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • is there nothing i can do?

    Comment by amberpaiz (original poster) at 9:44 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • Call your local pet store and ask what you can do. I'm sorry about your fish..

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 9:45 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • ok i will try that but i think they may be closed

    Comment by amberpaiz (original poster) at 9:46 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • A vet may help.

    Answer by janet116 at 9:54 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • When you transfer any fish, you need to treat the water, and let it sit. Did you transfer any of the origional water it was in as well? See, there is bacteria in it's water that it needs to survive. When you put it in "clean" water it shocks their system. Usually ends up killing them. But if he is larger, give him a minute. Sometimes the larger chiclids do that.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 10:06 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • yeah we transfered him from a pretty huge pot that had is origional water in it and he had all the chlor stuff and we put that in it and got the water temp back up to 80 degrees and we put him in just b/c i didnt want him to left in the pot so i put him in the water with his origional did all the chemical stuff checked the ph balance everything seemed right from what i saw on the website and i did get ahold of pet smart they said he is just pouting and he could do that for at least a couple of days and to try and entice him with his food he did come up and eat a little and then went back down so i may have just over reacted he just looked like other fish that i had that were gonna die. so im gonna keep an eye on him and fingers crossed that he pulls thru thanks for all the advice

    Comment by amberpaiz (original poster) at 10:49 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • yeah he is pretty big the tank is huge!!

    Comment by amberpaiz (original poster) at 10:49 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • Yeah, but even with the treated water, there still hasn't been enough time for the bacteria to multiply. Hopefully enough will cultivate over night and he'll snap out of it. I used to have tons of chiclids. I love oscars. You don't have to feed them live fish if you don't want to, they have plenty of great meals for them. But it's pretty cool to watch them catch goldfish!

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 11:44 PM on Apr. 11, 2011