Ulcers, legions, wounds, bacterial infection on Oscar Fish
A few years ago one of my Red Oscars developed a nasty legion on its gill plate. As far as I was concerned at the time it was the start of "hole in the head disease". I tried everything, increased tank maintenance, medication, vitamins in food, nothing worked, this legion got worse, although the fish was behaving quite normally. Then I got my 300 gallon aquarium and moved the fish from my 125 gallon into this new aquarium setup. Don't ask me why, but the legion cleared up fairly quickly. I can't put my finger on why this happened, there was nothing wrong with my 125 gallon tank and the water was always in pristine condition. Maybe it was something to do with the new environment, a completely new setup, a larger space for this fish to swim around in, I really don't know, anyway the fish totally recovered and the wound/legion never came back again. I can only imagine that keeping seven Oscars in a 125 gallon tank was probably not the best idea. It seemed to be too much of a coincidence that once I moved the fish into the much larger tank, everything healed up pretty quickly. The problem is, bacteria love warm damp conditions, if your fish picks up some kind of wound then it can be come infected very easily. Having said this, if you have been carrying out regular tank maintenance than you can avoid these circumstances quite easily. Sometimes a treatment is right under your nose, read on...
One of my red Oscars very recently developed two very nasty legions on either side of its head. The legion on the left side was probably about the size of a 10p coin, the other side was a little bit smaller but deeper. Even though my water conditions are extremely good and I carry out water changes once a week, the condition continued to get worse. I tried introducing vitamins into the water and also the Oscars food that this made no difference at all. In fact, the condition of the fish was getting so bad I was contemplating euthanasia. I then remembered that I had an anti-septic/antibiotic carp treatment called Klin-ik in my tackle box. I thought "why not give it a go, I've got nothing to lose". So we got the Oscar out of the tank and treated the wounds with the Kryston Klin-nik antibiotic solution. Within one week the condition had improved remarkably. One month later the wounds have almost healed, it's quite remarkable. It really is too much of a coincidence to say that this treatment has nothing to do with the fishes recovery, the wounds were almost definitely infected with some kind of bacteria, using this treatment has brought the fish back to almost perfect condition again.
The Original Carp Care Antiseptic. Totally safe approved laboratory formulated antiseptic for carp and all course fish. Gives your catch a flying start to recovery. One-shot treatment following hook removal will sterilize the immediate area of the hook-hold preventing secondary infection from setting in. Application of Klin-ik guarantees to speed up the natural healing process. Active bactericides help to heal all open wounds, mouth damage, post spawning lesions and where recent scale loss is evident. Klin-ik is guaranteed to contain Anti-Bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-Viral and powerful Anti-Paraciticide solutions. Each bottle contains enough solution to treat well over 300 fish. Essential for today’s caring angler. Used by tens of thousands of anglers, commercial fisheries and Koi centres.
I'm not going to list every outlet in the UK that sells Klin-ik, however the link below will take you to a website that I have used quite a few times before, I can vouch for them and say that they have given me very good customer service the few times I have used them.