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Old 05-08-2013, 06:47 AM   #1 
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Help Oscar darting around

A few weeks ago I inherited a male betta named Oscar. Poor Oscar lived in a one gallon bowl for eight months. I cycled my 5 gallon tank, treated him for fin rot with aquarium salt and eventually drip acclimated him to the new water conditions in the tank. He seemed VERY happy and was doing great.

Last night I noticed him darting back and forth across the tank then just stopping and sitting in the corner at the bottom of the tank. I have no idea what it is or what to do. I used a magnifying glass to inspect him and I don't see anything. He has been eating very good, perhaps I've been over feeding him. He gets 6-8 bio gold pellets once a day.

After all he's been through I sure don't want to lose him. Tested the water conditions last night and all is good. Ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 20, ph 7.6, temperature 78.6, filtered tank.

Can anyone please give me an idea of what is wrong??
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:04 AM   #2 
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Maybe he's just excited??
My fishy darts around like that all the time especially when he knows he's getting fed :)
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #3 
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Please help

thanks for the reply but it's not his normal behavior, nor is it feeding time. I don't really see any issues externally but I think he is trying to scratch on the plants. In trying to figure out the problem and a solution I just dosed his tank with aquarium salt (1 tsp per 1 gallon = 5 tsp). I really have no idea where to go from here :(
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #4 
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A bowl for eight months? Poor boy. He must be stunned. My juvenile oscars used to grow one or two inches a month. They were 9 inches long before their growth slowed down. Thank you for trying to provide him with more adequate care (though he might need a bigger tank soon).

I do not know what is wrong with your oscar unfortunately. I cannot think of any illness that can cause that behavior. I do agree with Julio, though. Are you certain you don't simply have an active fish? My pair got more and more aggressive as they matured. They would have flare ups of aggression where they would swim back and forth rapidly and charge at the other fish in the tank, then get lazy and just lounge about their rock den.

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:51 PM   #5 
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A bowl for eight months? Poor boy. He must be stunned. My juvenile oscars used to grow one or two inches a month. They were 9 inches long before their growth slowed down. Thank you for trying to provide him with more adequate care (though he might need a bigger tank soon).

I do not know what is wrong with your oscar unfortunately. I cannot think of any illness that can cause that behavior. I do agree with Julio, though. Are you certain you don't simply have an active fish? My pair got more and more aggressive as they matured. They would have flare ups of aggression where they would swim back and forth rapidly and charge at the other fish in the tank, then get lazy and just lounge about their rock den.
LOL! His name is Oscar, he is a betta :) "Oscar" has been in his new home (5.5 gallon tank) for a little over two weeks and everything is fine with the heater, water conditions, filter, etc. This isn't his normal behavior and I'm wondering if he's constipated because from what I've read I've been over feeding him. I'm gonna fast him for a day or two and try the frozen pea trick. I sure hope it's nothing else since I've put a lot of time into him.

I got him from the family of a man who passed away and the poor thing was in terrible condition. He had moderate fin rot, hadn't been fed for several days, fins were clamped and discolored and the water was horrible in his one gallon bowl. He has really been thriving and his color and fins are almost all back to normal so I would hate to lose him. Watching his recovery has really been a joy for me but this sudden darting back and forth then laying in the corner at the bottom concerns me. Thank you for your input :)
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Oh, oops! I'm so sleep deprived from cramming for AP Calc exam which was today (four hour long test, ugh). My apologies.

I'm sorry. I do not know what that could be at all. Very strange. /: I hope he's okay and someone can give you the answer you seek.
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Oh, oops! I'm so sleep deprived from cramming for AP Calc exam which was today (four hour long test, ugh). My apologies.

I'm sorry. I do not know what that could be at all. Very strange. /: I hope he's okay and someone can give you the answer you seek.
no problem and I hope you did well on your test :)
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if you think hes scratching himself on the plants maybe he has itch? (is that what its called?!)
im no expert by any means, just going off what I have read on this forum.
there are stickys on common diseases, check it out :)
hopefully he feels better soon!
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if you think hes scratching himself on the plants maybe he has itch? (is that what its called?!)
im no expert by any means, just going off what I have read on this forum.
there are stickys on common diseases, check it out :)
hopefully he feels better soon!
I don't see any signs of ick, just the darting back and forth then laying in the corner of the tank :( Thanks :)
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:( hope he feels better soon!

maybe private msg one of the more senior members of the forum? they have great advice
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