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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Advice before rescuing an Oscar

My former boss's neighbor is moving, and can't take her Oscar. I have not seen it yet to see how big it is, but currently it is in a 75 gallon tank (which I definitely want ) My question, which I know depends on size, is can I put it in with my American Eel until the end of October? A picture of Bait (his/her name, as it came from the local bait shop), my eel. Tank is 3 feet wide, which is why I really want the person's 75 gallon so he/she has more room. The minnows in the background are food, and sorry for the blurry picture, it's what I have at the moment. I'm going to try to get a clearer picture after I get home tonight and clean the tank/put on a second HOB.

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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

You could try to house them together, but I would work on getting the 75, as opposed to housing them in the 3 footer.

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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You could try to house them together, but I would work on getting the 75, as opposed to housing them in the 3 footer.
I made a promise to the fiancée that I wouldn't setup another tank until I get back from my camping trip in October, so I could get the tank, but it has to stay in the garage for 3 months... I hate making promises for this reason . Blame it on being young and stupid. The 3 foot tank is taller (it's 55 gallon), but it's the only one I can put him in until mid October.
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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

Just keep up with the water changes to make sure is is happy and healthy. Cannot promise he wont splash you or toss rocks lol.

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

I can see a potential problem. The eel is long and slender which would be very east to for the oscar to eat.

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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

So I got the oscar, and she is OLD She is swimming vertically, with her head towards the bottom. Apparently, she has been doing this for a while now, before I got her. Today, as I was cleaning the tank, I noticed I was vacuuming up a lot of scales, and I looked at her and realized they were all from her. I removed the tall stump statue from the tank to give more room, and that might have been what was causing the scale loss, but I'm a bit worried. Best guess says she is the lone survivor of a group of 4-6 purchased in 2002. Could the scale loss be old age/stress of a new tank? What can I do to make sure she stays healthy?
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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

Pics? That might help the people who can actually diagnose it.

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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

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Edit: sorry for the reflection, it will have to be tomorrow before I can try again, as the flash will make it worse, and possibly stress her...
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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

She needs to be in a hospital tank on her own, not with your eel. She is sick and could pass the pathogen to the eel..

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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

That poor baby! I agree, qt her. She does seem pretty old and is most likely stressed.

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

I hope she get's better. Have you thought of a name for her?

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Re: Advice before rescuing an Oscar

OMG - that poor thing - she looks awful. How sad that she is in that condition. Kudos to you for taking her in and trying to save her. I would definitely not have her in with my healthy fish.

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