Possible Hole In The Head Oscar Help 

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75 gallon, heat 78, tank set up 10 months, all my permaiters should be 0 but due to neglect they were prob higher then they should. I did weekly water changes at roughly 40% ... the last month I've notice my oscar fish been staying at the bottom near this laying hole I thought nothing of it as online said this could be part of mating (my oscar is 10 months) these past two weeks I've noticed they have gotten worse, 85% of the time while the lights are on are spent in that laying hole, once the lights go off my oscar is up near the top. Still eating though, at dinner time hes up swimming like he hasn't been fed in weeks. On sunday while changing the water I noticed what looks to be a circle near the back of the head, I've noticed a few times my oscar would appear to have a seizure, they will spasm will mouth wide open then act like nothing happened. I'll be upping my water changes to every couple days, anything else I should be doing or anything I could add? I have Melafix will this help? I have this feeling I'm too far gone with him and I'll keep making him suffer. Any info is great thanks
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Definitely looks like it.
 
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Think you're best chance is treatment. I believe Metrodinazole is the med to use but I am not familiar with it.

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DoubleDutch said:
Think you're best chance is treatment. I believe Metrodinazole is the med to use but I am not familiar with it.

Others please.jump.in.
That's what I was reading also, thanks for your info I'll look into that
 

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Following to learn more. Also A201 and coralbandit ( i'm sure there are many others here as well it's just too early to remember who else ) are also good with suggesting meds for treatment. Not at all knocking DoubleDutch suggestion just tagging others to help with other opinions and suggestions :)
 

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I agree with DoubleDutch, Seachem's Metroplex. Mix with SeaChem's Focus & Food. As long as the Oscar is eating, recovery chances as good.
 
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A201 said:
I agree with DoubleDutch, Seachem's Metroplex. Mix with SeaChem's Focus & Food. As long as the Oscar is eating, recovery chances as good.
Thank you, oh yeah hes still eating is an understatement I'll looks into those meds thanks again

I should have asked, is Melafix ok until friday when I can the meds? I looked up metronidazole and Melafix kept coming up
 

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Melafix is more of an antiseptic. It won't hurt anything. Be sure to change out at least 50% of the water weekly. If you run activated carbon in your filter, remove it. There is a suspected link between charcoal and HITH / Hexamita in certain cichlids.
 

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Poor guy. I hope he feels better. Maybe Dawn Michele can help? She knows one or two things about oscars. Haven't seen her on in a while though. I kept one for a short time - just got really bored with him - but while I was reading I remember that diet can be a contributing factor to this condition as well. Does he get a good variety of high quality foods?
 

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A201 said:
I agree with DoubleDutch, Seachem's Metroplex. Mix with SeaChem's Focus & Food. As long as the Oscar is eating, recovery chances as good.
I agree. Metro plex is great for dealing with hith. Make sure to keep that water clean. Alos Hith spreads like wildfire so best to treat anyone else in the tank as well
 

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CaptainAquatics said:
I agree. Metro plex is great for dealing with hith. Make sure to keep that water clean. Alos Hith spreads like wildfire so best to treat anyone else in the tank as well
Stupid question. Is that the same stuff ?
 

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Its the same stuff.
 

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I would also try just adding a vitamin like Boyds vita chem to food or water..
I also will just suggest those may be old injuries ?? they don't exactly match most HLLE I have seen although I would definitely do the treatment with metro ..
 
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coralbandit said:
I would also try just adding a vitamin like Boyds vita chem to food or water..
I also will just suggest those may be old injuries ?? they don't exactly match most HLLE I have seen although I would definitely do the treatment with metro ..
I cant seem to order metro in canada, I've been dealing with fin rot on him, got it under control and thought all was fine
 

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I was able to cure HITH on an Oscar by upping the water changes to 2x 50% a week for a month. Once healed, resumed the one 50% WC a week. The Oscar was still eating at the time. He only exhibited the eroded sensory pits.
 
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A201 said:
I was able to cure HITH on an Oscar by upping the water changes to 2x 50% a week for a month. Once healed, resumed the one 50% WC a week. The Oscar was still eating at the time. He only exhibited the eroded sensory pits.
That was my first thought, looked online and kept reading meds, hopped on here and got great info. I'm afraid hes a little to far for just water changes
 

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Hello!!! HITH is due to poor water conditions & diet!!! You need to do 50% water changes every week!!! These guy's need clean water & a BIG tank!!! coralbandit gave you GREAT advice!!! I also use the Vita Chem!!! It's good stuff!! The Metro will also be good for him!!! Keep us posted on how he is doing!!!
 
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Update time- fish isnt doing well, refused food today, spoke to a co worker about his situation, said he will take him off my hands and get him back to 100% ... tonight is my last night with him, tomorrow he will be going to a better home
 

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IM so sorry he isn't doing well!!! You did your BEST!!! Hopefully your co worker will get him better!!!
 
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