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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:01 am Post subject: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Dear  Gents,
 
 By  the  grace  of  god,  i  have  finally  bought  my  discus  and  they  seem  to  be  doing  good  except  for  they  don't  eat.  I  have  fed  them  beef  heart  (Home  made)  but  they  don't  seem  to  be  eating.  The  discus  were  locally  bred  and  are  looks  to  be  in  tremendous  shape  and  shall  post  some  pictures  little  later.  Please  advice  me  on  what  can  be  done  to  make  them  eat  and  shall  i  try  some  other  foods...?  My  tank  temperature  is  between  29  to  30  and  discus  looks  to  be  hanging  around  the  heaters.  how  can  they  be  made  to  move  around....?  Please  looking  for  immediate  response.....?
 
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 Pl  provide  more  info  on  tank  size  ,  no  of  discus  ,  their  size  ,  water  change  &   feeding  schedule  ,  to  guide  you     .
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:15 pm Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Thanks,
 
 The  size  of  the  tank  is  3  feet  and  2  feet  high  and  1  and  half  in  width.  My  discus  were  3  days  being  bought  and  i  have  6  of  them  and  are  4"  and  6"  in  sizes.  I  saw  them  were  eating  bit  of  beef  heart  yesterday  but  not  eating  fully.  So,  please  help  me...
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:27 pm Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Hi  Rosan,
 
 check  the  PM..........
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:21 pm Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Adult  discus  take  more  time  to  adjust  to  the  surroundings  than  babies  &  juveniles.Just  exercise  patience  &  keep  the  water  clean.An  fully  grown  discus  can  survive  without  food  for  a  very  long  time.Do  not  let  the  uneaten  BHM  spoil  the  water.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 As  mentioned  by  swarnendu  ,  Adult  discus  takes  some  time  to  adjust  to  the  new  environment  .  why  don't  you  take  this  opportunity  to  deflagellate  them  .
 
 What  all  have  you  added  to  the  BHM  ?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:05 am Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Gents,
 
 I  am  glad  that  my  discus  have  started  eating  beef  heart  and  looks  to  be  in  good  condition  as  far  as  i  know  but  i  will  yet  post  some  pictures  to  get  experts  view  on  my  discus  by  tomorrow.  But  BHM  indeed  makes  the  water  cloudy  and  i  am  carrying  out  water  changes  every  other  day  about  75  percent  of  it.  Is  that  alright...?  But  they  are  so  much  frightened  and  when  i  turn  on  the  lights  all  of  them  goes  hiding.  Is  it  normal  and  do  i  have  to  be  concerned  about  it...?  What  else  i  have  got  to  do  in  order  to  keep  them  fit  and  healthy.  please  help  me  to  keep  them  well.
 
 Thanks  and  regards
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:28 am Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 This  is  my  tank
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But  BHM  indeed  makes  the  water  cloudy  and  i  am  carrying  out  water  changes  every  other  day  about  75  percent  of  it.  Is  that  alright...                

 
 Pl  let  us  know  what  else  you  have  added  to  your  BHM  .  Next  time  Try  to  add  some  prawns  or  any  white  fish  in  to  the   BHM  to  bind  them  .  I  think  you  must  have  grinded  the  BHM  very  fine,   like  paste  ,  due  to  which  it  makes  your  water  cloudy  .  Hope  you  have  sponge  filter  in  this  tank  .  
 
 
                                                 
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 But  they  are  so  much  frightened  and  when  i  turn  on  the  lights  all  of  them  goes  hiding.  Is  it  normal  and  do  i  have  to  be  concerned  about  it...?                

 
 Yes  ,  when  you  turn  on  the  lights  they  may  go  for  hiding  ,  but  after  some  time  they  will  move  freely  in  tank  .  nothing  to  worry  ,  just  keep  it  simple  and  treat  them  as  normal  fish  .
 
 
                                                 
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What  else  i  have  got  to  do  in  order  to  keep  them  fit  and  healthy.  please  help  me  to  keep  them  well.                

 
 Just  love  them  .  Provide  them  good  water  condition  ,  keep  tank  clean  .  Don't  over  feed  .  Don't  feed  live  aquatic  freshwater  animals  (  tubiflex  or  bloodworms  )  .Maintain  water  temp  .  If  I  am  not  mistaken  ,  you  are  using  well  water  .  Pl  ensure  this  water  is  free  from  all  pollutants  .
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:25 pm Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Thanks  you  shiva  sir,  as  you  have  mentioned  i  am  trying  very  hard  to  keep  the  water  very  clean  and  BHM  make  it  very  cloudy  very  fast.  Indeed,  it  is  my  well  water  and  by  the  grace  of  ALLAH  the  discus  are  looks  to  be  doing  very  good  and  i  have  done  everything  as  you  have  so  far  advised.  I  am  willing  to  feed  some  pellets  as  well.  Is  it  ok...?  How  many  times  do  i  have  to  feed  them.  By  the  way,  i  have  made  my  BHM  with  beef  heart,  some  protein  tablets  (as  one  breeder  here  taught  me),  some  eggs  and  gelatin  at  last.  is  it  ok.  but  my  discus  looks  to  love  the  BHM  now.they  eat  very  well.  Shiva  sir  can  you  help  me  to  know  how  can  i  feed  BHM  without  making  the  water  cloudy.  I  don't  have  a  sponge  filter  but  i  do  have  a  canister  filter  with  1200L.  Can  sponge  filter  help  me  to  keep  the  water  from  getting  cloudy..?
 
 you  take  care  sir  and  waiting  for  advise
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: Discus not eating Reply with quote

 Irshad  ,
 
 BH  is  high  in  protein  ,  no  need  to  add  anything  additional  to  increase  protein  contains  .  Protein  contains  in  BHM  should  not  exceed  45%  hence  you  need  to  add  ,  fish  and  vegetables  to  balance  the  feed  .  If  you  feed  over  protein  ,  you  discus  will  grow  out  of  shape  .  
 
 Next  time  you  may  try  below  receipe  .  
 
 1)  Beef  Heart  or  Pork  Heart  or  Chicken  heart  -  700  gms  .
 2)  Salmon  or  prawns  or  any  white  fish  -  200  gms  
 3)  Spinach  -  cooked   -  100  gm  
 4)  Multivitamin  tab  -  1  tab  (  Supradyn  )  
 5)  Calcium  tab  crushed  -  1  tab  .(  Shelcal  )  
 6)  B  -Complex  -  1  Cap   (  Bcosules  )
 
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 Thank  you  shiva  sir  for  your  receipe  and  will  follow  the  receipe  from  next  time  onwards.  by  the  way  sir,  by  the  grace  of  ALLAH  and  of  course  with  the  advise  of  all  of  you  my  discus  are  just  doing  fine  and  i  bought  2  more  pigeons  yesturday  and  they  seem  to  be  getting  along  well  with  the  seniors.  But,  i  have  another  problem.  it  is  that  i  can  see  very  tiny  white  colored  warms  on  glasses  of  the  tank  and  on  checking  with  the  breeder  i  was  told  that  it  is  normal  to  have  this  tiny  warms  on  discus  tanks  and  was  told  to  use  snail  remover  liquid  to  get  rid  of  it.  So,  i  just  wants  to  know  if  it  is  true  and  can  that  medicine  be  used.  Or  please  advise  me  what  can  be  done  for  this  problem
 
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 Irshad,
 
 I  think  you  are  talking  about  "Planaria"  worms.  They  are  not  harmful  to  fishes,  however  they  are  result  of  uneaten  food  or  dirty  gravel.
 
 Try  to  keep  your  gravel  clean  and  siphon  the  uneaten  food  after  15  mins.
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 Dear  Mr.  Adesh,
 
 Thank  you  for  your  valuable  input.  can  you  also  tell  me  how  can  i  get  rid  of  the  existing  worms  and  it  makes  the  glass  looks  dirty.  
 
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 Irshad,
 
 If  you  have  gravel  in  your  tank  it  is  a  tough  task  to  get  rid  of  the  worms.  You  will  need  to  increase  your  WC  frequency  to  daily  and  you  will  need  to  wash  your  gravel  till  the  time  you  see  absence  of  Planaria  (I  loved  the  term  "see  the  absence"  Very Happy)
 
 If  your  tank  is  bare  bottom,  then  you  are  saved.  Just  increase  the  WC  frequency  to  daily  and  increase  in  volume  to  80-90%.
 
 Basically  I'm  against  putting  meds  (unless  it  is  necessary).  Even  one  of  my  tanks  had  same  problem  which  I  resolved  only  using  WC  as  it  was  bare  bottom  tank.
 
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