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Thread: My Poor Jack Dempsy Fish

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    Any one have one? He is very ill he is about 8 inches long and for the last 3 days has laid on his side in the bottom of the tank he is not eating, He is still alive and tries to swim and the other fish are trying to make him get up. Any ideas I think he is dying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Any one have one? He is very ill he is about 8 inches long and for the last 3 days has laid on his side in the bottom of the tank he is not eating, He is still alive and tries to swim and the other fish are trying to make him get up. Any ideas I think he is dying.
    How old is he? I had a Tiger Oscar that got to be 12" long; he had hole in the head disease 4 times, each time medicating him and it getting better. Then back in October he finally died, I had him for 5 years. He looked like he was rotting from the outside in. It took him a week to finally die. It is very sad when you have them for a long time. We called him "Howard Huge". The gkids loved him and played games with him. Yes, they truly did. One would go to the end of the tank and put her face up to the tank and he would streak across the tank and attack her. Then they would go to the other end and repeat this, over and over. Sometimes you can medicate the water if you know what he has, but it sounds like it is a little late for that. I am so sorry for you. I love my fish too.

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    I don't have any of those.
    sorry about your fish. I hate to watch mine die too!

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    I have searched all over the internet and tried everything I could find I think it is to late for him too. I rescued and Oscar that was about the same size and he had such a personality He would sort Marbles by color and if he wanted attention would spit them at the side of the tank. I felt bad when he died but I didn't know his age Jack is about 3, 4 at the most.

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    He may have ick, it is a disease that fish get when they are stressed. You can get the cure at the fish store, if it is not to late. Good luck.

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    No I have seen Ick before that isn't his problem not sure what it is.Trouble is I have to drive a 100 mile round trip to even get any medicine and all I can find here is for ick. HIs eyes are still clear I thnik we will be planning a funeral, Guess I should make him a quilt huh?

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    Yes when they get that big and you loose them you can't send them to the big tank in the sky by flushing. Are you sure they are trying to help him or are attacking him? I just had to move one of ours into his own 29 gallon the 125 gallon was to small with the other 3 oscars and convicts starting picking on him think they were in "mood" they were digging to make nest in gravel.my thoughts are with you

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    No they aren't picking on him they sit by him and will nudge under him trying to get him to swim but not pestering him. I am going to refrain from checking him anymore tonight I want to keep it dark in his room so he can rest or die in peace.

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    Could it be female and she is laying eggs?

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    Do they lay eggs if they don't have a mate? I have no idea but then I would have to change her name to Jackie!! I refuse to go look tonight whatever will be will be and I will check first thing in the morning.

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