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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 9:38 pm Post subject: Sick Discus! Reply with quote

 On  my  trip  to  some  LFS's  today,  I  came  across  this  lil  discus.  Abt  1.5  to  2  inches  long.  A  blue  diamond.  He  looked  so  sick  and  lonely  in  a  tank  filled  with  some  catfish.  He  didnt  come  up  for  food.  He  had  "Dont  buy  me!"  labelled  all  over  him  but  I  just  had  to  buy  him.
 
 Now  the  loner  is  in  a  tank  with  a  few  rasbora's  in  a  5g  tank.  He  keeps  turning  black  now  and  then.  He  seems  to  be  breathing  fine.  Though  those  2  fins  just  behind  his  gills  turn  on  and  off  now  and  then.  Hes  not  intrested  in  Tetra  bits  either.  
 
 Advice  pls...  This  guy  has  to  live!
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 Heeeyy  you  are  a  guy  like  me  i  guess  i  also  bought  two  last  week  in  pretty  much  the  exact  same  conditions  you  describe,  Damn  those  heartless  LFS  guys.  
 
 Mine  improved  magically  in  5  days,  I  just  kept  them  in  a  40  gallon  tank  with  temp  31,  some  cooking  salt  (about  75gm  in  he  40G)  and  constant  aeration  and  good  filteration  and  50%  water  change  every  day  (heat  the  water  befor  changing).  they  started  eating  bloodworms  the  next  evening  that  i  bought  them.  and  seem  pretty  normal  now.  i  think  they  were  destined  to  be  with  me.
 
 and  yes  keep  the  light  low.
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 i  think  u  should  put  him  in  a  hospital  tank  with  low  water  and  constant  aeration
 do  add  some  aquarium  salt  (1tea  spoon  would  be  enough)
 no  filteration  
 feeding  with  some  live  worms(jus  a  few  and  feed  atleast  2wice  a  day)
 he  wil  get  normal  in  a  week's  time  if  he  takes  the  food  as  th  etime  progressess
 
 waiting  on  update  abt  his  health  in  a  weeks  time
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 How  big  should  the  Hospital  Tank  be?
 He's  still  a  lil  black.  Most  of  the  time  when  he  swims,  he  looks  down.  A  slant,  some  10degrees  downwards.  Ive  covered  the  tank  with  dark  cloth.  He  seem's  happier  like  that.
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 sounds  like  a  case  of  flagellates  or  tape  worms...  please  go  thru  the  deworming  procedure  for  discus  already  posted  on  IAH  and  try  it...  before  u  do  anything  ...  please  isolate  the  fish!!
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 a  hospital  tank  need  not  be  very  big
 its  jus  for  some  recovery  process  and  it  can  be  in  a  size  of  2ft  X  2ft  X  1ft
 i  have  tat  size  but  im  not  sure  abt  the  breadth
 anyway  he  wil  recover  and  use  a  bit  of  aquarium  salt  would  help  the  deworming  as  told  by  mumbai  discus
 don  use  filteration  system
 he  looks  happy  with  cloth  and  that  might  be  because  of  the  temp  in  water
 if  u  hae  a  heater  lower  the  temp  to  25'c
 
 waiting  for  the  update  and  hope  he  recovers  soon
 post  a  pic  of  your  discus  which  is  sick
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 I  think  he  has  a  few  tiny  white  spots  on  him.  Initially  looked  like  minute  bubbles  for  some  reason  when  I  saw  them  in  the  evening.  Few  of  them  are  still  there  now...  What  could  they  be?
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 looks  like  a  case  of  ich...up  water  changes  and  temp
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 he  looks  happy  with  cloth  and  that  might  be  because  of  the  temp  in  water
 if  u  have  a  heater  lower  the  temp  to  25'c                  

 
 25  degrees  C  for  discus?  Atleast  should  be  close  to  27-28  or  best  above,  close  to  29.
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 Agree  with  cokeamod.....lowering  temp  will  make  him  more  stressed.  Maintain  it  around  30  degrees.
 
 Wishing  best  luck  for  his  recovery  Thumb Up  and  keep  us  posted  on  his  developments.
 
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 He  seems  to  have  improved.  I've  started  the  de-worming  process.  Most  of  his  white  spots  have  gone.  Theres  only  more  that  I  can  see  now.  The  temperature  must  be  somewhere  near  30-32...  He  still  swims  with  the  downward  tilt.  So  far  he's  not  interested  in  pettel  food  or  TetraBits.  He  just  wont  eat.  How  do  I  get  him  to  eat  ?    Sad
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 great  to  knwo  that  its  working...  please  do  your  fish  a  favour  by  NOT  lowering  the  temperature  atleast  for  a  week  and  continue  with  the  deworming  process  in  the  meanwhile  ...  then  once  the  fish  gets  normal  start  gradually  lowering  the  temp  upto  28  and  then  u  can  remove  the  heater..  at  this  stage  of  illness  a  drastic  change  in  temp  would  have  its  ill  effets  and  the  fish  might  get  weaker..
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 hey  thats  a  gud  news  he's  a  bit  recovered
 i  think  u  jus  don  feed  him  for  atleast  15-20hrs,  make  him  a  bit  starve  then  give  some  good  food  and  some  tetra  bits  and  then  he  will  eat
 this  is  the  way  we  make  some  fishes  eat  if  he  looks  stressed  or  ill.  jus  give  it  a  try  and  c  if  he's  eating
 also  abt  temp,  jus  keep  it  around  27'  or  so  ,  but  don  change  it  drastically  and  he  wil  improve  in  time  for  sure
 all  the  best  for  your  fish  and  for  your  happiness
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 He  looks  better  now.  He's  still  swimming  with  an  angle.  His  head  is  tilted  downwards.  Swimming  only  at  the  bottom  of  the  tank.  He  hits  the  sides  of  the  tank  now  and  then.  Still  hasnt  eaten  anything  yet...  How  do  I  get  him  to  feed!    Crying or Very sad
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 try  feeding  bloodworms  .  .i'm  sure  he  will  eat  some.  keep  the  temperature  around  31  (not  below  30  even  during  water  chages.  
 
 Do  daily  20%  water  changes,nothing  rejuvenates  the  fish  like  water  changes.
 
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