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Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby Tomswife » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:18 pm

I just noticed my Jack Dempsey is looking funny. He has lumps and looks like he is losing his scales. Can anyone help me figure out what is wrong with him please?
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Re: Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:06 am

What are your water parameters? How often are you changing the water and what volume? Tank mates or any aggression? Is he eating?
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Re: Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby Tomswife » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:50 pm

pH is 7 and water temp is 78. He is in a 75 gallon tank with two other fish, an Oscar and an orange African cichlid. None of them are aggressive they all just stick to themselves. We change the water every other week and he seems to be eating
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Re: Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:02 pm

What about the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels? How long has this tank been set up?
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Re: Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:10 pm

Also, what size is your tank? You’re going to have to rehome at least two of your fish because none of them are compatible and depending on the size of your aquarium it could make that decision a lot easier. There could be aggression at night when you’re not watching them.
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Re: Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby Tomswife » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:38 pm

This tank has been set up for about 10 years and it's a 75 gallon tank. These fish have been together since they were babies and the orange and Jack are about 10 years old. The Oscar is about a year old. As for the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels I haven't checked this yet. Jack just started looking like this last night.
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Re: Sick Jack Dempsey please help

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:46 pm

I would assume that the Oscar is the culprit in this because they tend to be aggressive towards tank mates, especially when they’re in too small of an aquarium. Your Oscar is reaching maturity now and is going to start wanting it’s own space. I’d rehome the Oscar or get a new, larger tank for him and leave the other two in the 75.
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