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Yeah I'm not super keen on the rush but the LFS was only going to be able to keep them until this coming Wednesday if nobody took them. They're a small business with limited space and a big order coming in. The two fish were taking up two 30 gallon tanks that could hold a lot more stock for them and nobody seemed interested in buying them for a little over two months. So the situation isn't ideal but it's what I've got.
Until I can afford another canister, one tank will have the 306 (mom's house), and the other will have two AC70s (my house). I've also got a fully cycled submersible sponge filter that I have added to my tank and another that will go in mom's tank when I set it up tomorrow morning. It's not much but I'll take what I can get. Having the tanks at two separate houses makes this so much harder...
Until I get a set up I'm happy with I'll just keep on top of the water conditions and change as often as need be.
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Those cycled sponge filters are a huge help. Sponge is a good bio filter. Keep them in for at least 2 months while the other filters seed themselves.


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The sponge filters will be staying in. I've two new ones to replace them in my community tank. I have sponge filters in all my tanks as backups.
Both tanks are mostly set up and ready to go. I'm super impressed by Fluval 306. Definitely picking up another one of them as soon as I can afford it! I didn't bother with the carbon for the 306. Added a second batch of biomax instead.
I also replaced the activated carbon in the two AC70s on my tank with more biomax. I've got the same amount of biomax now in the two AC70s as I do in the one 306.
So now one tank has one 306 filter with double bio media and a Seapora 60 sponge filter (fully cycled). The other has two AC70s with double bio media in each and a Seapora 60 sponge filter (fully cycled). So I'm hoping the sponge filters will help but I will still monitor daily or more and change as needed. Twice a day if need be.
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I forgot to say thanks for the welcome Kamran!!
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Well, we got the two oscars to their respective homes! Now to monitor the water and adjust the filtration system. I got some birthday money from my inlaws so now both tanks will have a Fluval 306 when I pick one up tomorrow. They'll also each have the sponge filter and AC70 hob filters.

Close ups of Carl's head. He has a red spot but he was pretty feisty coming out of the tank at the store.
https://imgur.com/lAE2gYr
https://imgur.com/UqpQL3K

And Carl just hanging out.
https://imgur.com/GeB8AAk

Gord in his new home at mom's house.
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You're welcome, and good job with the oscars!

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Suprd71 replied the topic: New Canadian Member - Oscar Rescue

Pics are better and show damage that was more severe than I thought. I would put an Epsom salt solution in each tank. ES is cheap and you will use lots. 20 tblsp in each 50g tank. Put in 5 morning 5 night for two days. Replace any lost during water change. 50% w/c means 10tblsp back in. I would do this for a solid week-10 days. It will soothe the wounds, kill any possible parasites lurking. Open sores are an invitation to bacterial and parasite related infections. Much the same as ourselves. Also be aware that hith of this severity will likely never heal completely, and will take a long time for noticeable improvement but should get much better with diligent care.


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I will try out the epsom salts. Tested both tanks this morning. Close to perfect water conditions. Nitrates and nitrates at 0, pH at 6.8, and ammonia barely registering if at all. 50% water change tonight and I will start epsom salt dosing tomorrow. I've also got some Ammo Lock by both tanks in case the ammonia gets out of hand for some reason. Those fully cycled sponge filters seem to be helping though.
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Oh yes I'm also not overly concerned about healing the hith completely. I just want to make sure I can keep them as happy and healthy as possible and give them the good life they should have had from the start.
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Now that we've had them home for a while we can monitor their behaviour. Carl (at my house) seems to be doing fine. He spends most of his time hanging out at the bottom but goes for a swim around his tank every couple of minutes. It's only been 24 hours so I'm not expecting much.
We have noticed something different about Gord though. Mom has been keeping a close eye on him and says he mostly swims backwards. I thought that was strange so I watched him for a bit this afternoon when I was doing the water change and second water test for the day. He can swim forward but usually goes backwards.
The worst of Gord's hith is right next to both eyes, on the inside towards the centre of his face. After watching him for half an hour or so it seems to me that he is not moving his eyes more than halfway forward. Would it make sense that having the hith disease right next to eyes like that makes it painful for him to look forward, thus making swimming backwards easier? Or there might be damage to one of his occulomotor muscles (thanks to my health professional wife for the awesome big words). Or scar tissue preventing him from moving his eyes forward? Any experience with this?

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