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I have a sick Oscar... very swollen belly

Postby campbellmichele » Sat Jun 07, 2003 11:44 pm

I do not know what to do. My husband who is the fish expert(well, sort of... at least the fish enthusiast) is overseas. One of his oscars, "Lucinda", albino type oscar, about 5 yrs old started to develop a slight swelling stomach about a week ago. She was eating and looking OK. Now one week later her stomach has swollen enormously, it is even on each side of her body. She has a bit of white stuff coming out of her anus. I wonder is she has some obstruction of some sort and have no idea of what to do. She is still swimming but I think she is getting a bit distressed. The chap at my local pet shop has no idea of what to do.
Any advice would be welcome.
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Postby HoopsGuru » Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:18 am

White poo is never good. It sounds like an internal parasite, I would treat with a product containing Metronidazole or similar treatment for internal parasites. You don't have to ask the feeble LFS guy, if you just ask for the fish med section, the boxes are pretty detailed as to what they treat.
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Postby Barb » Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:20 am

It sounds as if your O may have Malawi Bloat. Here is an article about it.

I hope it's not true. I lost one of my O's to this disease, and mine was also older - about 7 years old.

Also, a few other people with older O's have had their fish succumb to this disease. Good luck - here is the info:

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/malawi_bloat.php
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Postby conny1908 » Sun Jun 08, 2003 11:08 am

Check this site: http://www.fishyfarmacy.com/symptoms.html

Could be Hexamite.
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Postby campbellmichele » Sun Jun 08, 2003 8:17 pm

conny1908 wrote:Check this site: http://www.fishyfarmacy.com/symptoms.html

Could be Hexamite.


Thanks everyone.. Lucinda is now in the big aquariumin thesky... she was just about dead this morning when I got up. Thanks anyhow. I hope her mate will not get whatever she had. He looks OK at the moment and is eating and swimming happily.
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Postby conny1908 » Sun Jun 08, 2003 8:23 pm

So sorry to hear that :cry:
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Postby HoopsGuru » Mon Jun 09, 2003 12:02 pm

I would treat the surviving fish with metronidazole anyway by adding a small pinch to liquid and soaking your pellets in it for a few days. This should kill any of the parasites present and isn't real hard on the fish.
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