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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51287

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Hey everyone! I'm back after a long time away from the forum (since before the site changes over), but I still have my same pair of oscars. I had to do an emergency move of the tank back to my parents place, but finally have them back! While they were there water changes were not performed close to enough (I wasn't there to do them), and the well water started at over 40 ppm nitrates so it was necessary to get an RO unit and make up water 60 gallons at a time for the changes.

The oscars got some pretty bad hole in the head (which already looks like it's clearing up), but one also has a large circular sore in its side that is very red and raw looking. This happened in the last few months of being at my parents place, and hasn't changed much since getting them into the fresh water (not like the hith). They both act very happy, eat well, attempt to spawn on occasion, and they're scraping off their favorite rock as I type this.


Water is :

78 degrees Celsius
0 ppm nitrites
0 ppm ammonia
7.4-7.6 pH
~ 10 ppm nitrates before I did a 60% water change this afternoon

Tank has :

2 large oscars
1 small gar
1 fluval FX6 filter w/ foam, filter floss, bio balls, ceramic tubes
1 fluval 405 filter with the same media as FX6


My question is, what can I do to fix this sore?

I'm on my phone at the moment so I can't upload a picture from it.

Thanks!
Joe
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51288

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I would start off right away with metroplex or kanoplex. what is size of tank?
The name Oscar is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Oscar is: Divine spear.
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51290

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Oops, forgot to mention... 120 gallon
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51291

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You can use the imgur app to upload from phone. Might get tight in there With the gar.
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51293

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oscars heal fast in pristine water, fact that he is not suggests a bacterial or fungal infection. keep the water pristine, dose meds mentioned. if that not work will have to step it up to more aggressive treatments.

:welcome: back to the sight :) .
The name Oscar is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Oscar is: Divine spear.
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51294

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ohh and a pic would really help diagnosing. :)
The name Oscar is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Oscar is: Divine spear.
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51300

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78 degrees Centigrade would suggest that your water temperature is 172 degrees Fahrenheit! I'm sure your O isn't swimming in a hot pot! :roflmao:

Seriously though, like previously mentioned O's heal rather quickly in pristine water conditions & since he/she hasn't, it's more than likely to be an infection of some type.

Pics would be great!
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51301

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Joe, is it just one open wound on the Oscar's side? Is there any pitting on or near the gill plate?
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51329

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Hopefully these pictures work. There seems to be some solid improvement even on the sores. You will notice that the 2 are from yesterday (sores still very red) and one from today (sores pinker, almost some colour filling back in around the edges. Poor guys are going to have some pretty serious scars unfortunately... I haven't added any medication yet, but with the changes in the sore over the past 24 hours do you think it will be necessary?

Astronotus6,
78 Fahrenheit is correct, lol. Not making Oscar soup here.

Kmuda,
There seems to be a small amount of pitting on the right side near the gill plate. Not as severe as the rest of it, but it's definitely there more than the other side. The other Oscar didn't get any of this nearly as bad though.

Thanks!
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Large sore on adult Oscar 3 years 4 months ago #51338

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Nice size Oscar, & those are some pretty serious looking wounds! Are these sores just on one Oscar or both?

Water "looks" clean, but as we all know in the hobby that "looks" can be very deceiving!
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