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Is my Oscar fish sick?

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We have had a 4inch Oscar Fish for about 5 months, sometimes he will lay on the bottom of the tank for half a day, but this time he has been laying there for three days, he has eaten a little, but he is not himself at all. When we put our hand in he swims and look oK but soon goes to the bottom again. Is he sick?
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436973 tn?1217947089
From my somewhat limited experience with oscars they are pretty lazy fish, howerever Not eating is a concern.  Visit your local aquarium store- not a multi-pet corporate store like petco or petsmart because they don't know shyt about the animals they traffic.  You need to go to a store that specializes in fish.  They should be able to help you out.   Good luck to you and your oscar.
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my oscar has alot of scals missing can anyone tell me what's wrong?
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my oscar keeps rolling-like he can't keep his balance upright-any suggestions
436973 tn?1217947089
This sounds like it could be serious.  Have you spoken with your local aquarium/fish store? note:  big box pet store employees generally don't have the expertise required for a medical diagnosis.  Seek out a good ol fashioned mom and pop fish store or try a specialized online forum: aquariacentral  dawt cawm  is a good bet
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We recently got a large oscar in a 55 gallon tank - at first seemed pretty good - although not sure how much he is eating.  Last night he acted like something was hurting and every 5-10 minutes he would go crazy and slam into the tank then lay at the bottom until he did it again.  Didnt think he would make it through the night - but he did.  Anything I can do to help - do not want to lose him??
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My fish has a mate, she is pregnant, and has been laying on her side for the past week breathing heavily. It is worrying me, and i can't tell if she is choking, or is in labor, she is really pregnant, and i am really worried about her. Her mate has been staying next to her, kind of with a worried look on his face, and he is fine. I don't want my oscar to die, because she is really important to my family. So please, help me make my fish better!
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