Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:17 pm Post subject: Re: Discus - rotten fish fins
Neil .... The discus looks to be doing good. Atleast they are eager to eat whenever fed. They are active and come on the front of the tank whenever I go near the tank. The fins have not worsened during the last 8 days. its showing signs of improvement but I think it will take another fornight or so. Let me keep my fingers crossed.
However, I have noticed that out of the 6 discuss that i have all of them, except one, display brown shades with dark brown / black stripes, one of them most of the time ( though not always) show a darkish black shade. He eats and swims normally, but at times seems to be scared / stressed. Can any one guide me, if I need to do anything.
I need to thank you, Shiva and Yogesh for all the help and guidance offered.
Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:15 am Post subject: Re: Discus - rotten fish fins
I have noticed that out of the 6 discuss that i have all of them, except one, display brown shades with dark brown / black stripes, one of them most of the time ( though not always) show a darkish black shade. He eats and swims normally, but at times seems to be scared / stressed. Can any one guide me, if I need to do anything.
Black stripes what you see are stress bars , Discus under stress shows this bars . In melons and other pigeon genes strain you will not see such bars , instead you will see more peppering when they are under stress .
Since they are eating well , i think there is nothing to worry . just provide them good water condition .
Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:30 pm Post subject: Re: Discus - rotten fish fins
Good to hear your discus are recovering from chlorine-burn.
If they are active in the tank, always begging for food & eating well; they are doing good. Always a sign of healthy discus.
Sometimes, too powerful lighting makes them go stressed either.
Good water condition, light colour background & providing sufficient light will help your overcome their stress factor.
Just be careful with heavy water changes specially during monsoon & winter season. 40-50% WC is enough during such season.
Summer is best time for massive WC. I do almost 3/4 times 90-95% daily WC during this period.
For dechlorinator, you can get hypo crystals (Sodium Thiosulfate) from your LFS or can get it from Dawa Bazaaer (Princess Street).
Adding 1 crystal per 10G of water is enough to dechlorinate tap-water.
Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:40 pm Post subject: Re: Discus - rotten fish fins
Shiva / yogesh .... Thanks for your inputs. They are always helpful. Shall always bank on you if need be .
Yogesh : w.r.t dechlorination, I have been using the dechlorinator available with the LFS . I generally fill buckets and add dechlorinator and keep the buckets for around 1 hour before adding this water to the tank. Would like to know if the dechlorinator what we get at the LFS is the same as sodium thiosulphate or its different. How long do I have to keep the water (after adding the sodium thiosulphate crystals) before adding to the tank . I believe adding water and Sodium Thiosuphate at the same time in the tank is a definite NO-NO.....
Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:59 pm Post subject: Re: Discus - rotten fish fins
Right Ramesh, the bottled solutions you get with LFS is nothing but liquid form of Sodium Thiosulphate. It would be bit expensive option for us discus-keepers who do daily WC.
Crystal form proves cost-effective, generally stocked by most lab suppliers commonly known as Hypo.
You can either directly drop crystals as per dosage or prepare your bulk liquid by dissolving it in water in advance as liquid action is quicker than solid form for dechlorination. Generally all chlorine in water will evaporate within 5-10 minutes after droping hypo provided it dissolves fast with sufficient aeration.
Don't drop excess hypo than recommended as it will suffocate/stress your discus.
Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:56 pm Post subject: Re: Discus - rotten fish fins
Shiva ... I refer to your response above. I am not clear whether I have mentioned my problem clearly. I am rephrasing what I want to say ,,,,
I have 6 discus , out of which, all but one show a good bright brown colour with dark brown / black stripes . However, the other one (many a times .... though not always) show a very darkish / blackish colur and he looks to be under stress ... He eats well but becomes more darker while eating ... he might be exhibiting brownish shade like others before I feed them but within a minute from the time I feed them the entire body of this particular disucs becomes blackish ... as if charred. At other time too i see him like this ... but nothing wrong with his eating / swimming pattern (when not darkish).
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