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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 1 week ago #71047

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When finishing his water change tonight, I noticed a spot on him that wasn't there a couple days ago. When I touch it, it's not hard and feels fleshy like the healthy parts of him do.
  • Been doing 95% water changes for over a year every 4-5 days
  • Ammonia = 0, Nitrite = 0, Nitrate = 5-20
  • Temp 81-83
  • Filtration is (2) Eheim 2217's & (2) AC110's
  • He's the sole occupant of a 125g
  • I've been adding 10% humic tea (sphagnum peat moss & catappa leaves) for ~1 year
  • Eats great...no loss of appetite
  • Acts normal...no change in behavior

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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 1 week ago #71049

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I would make sure I had the "Bacterial Pitting" treatment meds on hand and then monitor. If it starts growing, I'd quickly start with the treatment process.

www.oscarfish.com/healthdisease/117-bact...tting-treatment.html

Generally speaking, bacterial pitting starts around the gill plate but that is not a hard and fast rule. I'm not certain that is the issue which is why I say monitor to make sure it does not grown. It could go away on its own in which case you should not treat. Only treat if it grows.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 1 week ago #71050

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Is this a missing scale? Can't tell from the picif it pops up or gets into the fish.

For me it looks like a mech injury with a small inflamation in the center. Like he hitted something pointy.

If it is with your Routine maintaince it should become at least better in 3 to 5 days. If not we should start to think further and may start treating external injurys and improving the slime coat.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 1 week ago #71051

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Sure is a strange little spot/injury, hopefully the latter. As has been said you should know in a couple of days, will either heal up or get progressively worse.
Very frustrating not knowing, but you can be confident setup and water parameters are not the cause. Goes to show that even the best cared for Oscars can still have problems.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 6 days ago #71052

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Thanks for taking the time to give me your thoughts. I didn't mean to ignore your assistance. I've been pretty busy since checking the board Friday morning.

The spot is a ~1/16" deep parabolic indention (eg. goes into the fish) with a pinprick size "scab" in the center. The entire indentation is ~3/16" in diameter.

I intentionally didn't look at it on Friday to see if it looked noticeably different today. When I checked him this morning, the "scab" is no longer visible and the indention's walls look smooth and the same color as the rest of his skin. The diameter hasn't changed noticeably either larger or smaller since Thursday evening when I first noticed it. He was abnormally aggressive today when feeding. There is still no noticeable change in behavior.

Regarding it being a lost scale...I doubt it due to the indented nature of the spot but this is my first injury/illness to treat so who knows!! :-)

The meds kmuda suggested are expected to arrive tomorrow.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 5 days ago #71054

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This is the spot today. To me it doesn't look smaller....maybe even a little larger.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 5 days ago #71055

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I begun the treatment kmuda suggested.

Upon doing the large water change today, I didn't add any of the humic tea due to being concerned it would negatively affect the NeoPlex. We'll see how things progress this week.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 5 days ago #71056

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I used kmuda's treatment on one of my Oscars about 18 months ago, cleared up the bacterial pitting in about 10 days.
The difference with my Oscar's pitting was it had that typical fuzzy cotton wool appearance which disappeared in a couple of days after starting treatment. Hope you see improvement soon.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 5 days ago #71057

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That treatment was initial derived trying to treat a mechanical injury that turned into bacterial pitting that just would not heal. Hopefully it takes care of your fish's problem as well.
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What do you folks think this is.... 2 months 12 hours ago #71103

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So is the treatment working? Has anything changed with the Oscar?

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