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    Parasite or Cichlid showing off / aggression?

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Diseases and Health Issues' started by Young Skywalker28, Dec 2, 2018.

    1. Young Skywalker28

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      I have a 135 gal tank. I had an Oscar about 5”, a Jack Dempsey about 2”, and a Green Terror about 2” thats been in the tank for a couple months. A week ago I added about a 2” red terror, about a 3” chocolate and red shoulder severum. While there are no visible signs of a parasite and they eat like hogs, I do occasionally see scratching from the Oscar and red terror. Nothing constant. Every once in a while. And it isn’t like multiple rubs at one time. Just a scratch and go about their business. I also notice the Oscar tends to flick his little pelvic fins when fish get close to him. I just checked my ammonia, nitrites, and PH. All seems safe amounts. What are y’all thoughts? Parasite or marking their territories?
       
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      Sounds like irritation of something. Keep observation of the flashing from the Oscar and Red Terror.
       
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      +1
       
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      If I use Tetra Aquasafe when I do water changes, could that be it? I have read that products that promote the slime coating could cause fish to scratch. It does have slime coat enhancer in it.
       
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      Could be from the aquasafe. Switch out ur dechlorinator and see if it gets better.
       
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      I definitely think it’s the dechlorinator. They have stopped scratching.
       
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      Glad to hear.
       

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