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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:33 am Post subject: Various Treatment Methods Reply with quote

 These  are  various  treatments  that  I  have  Gathered  some  information  on  from  other  Websites
 
 Bloat  or  Constipation:
 Symptoms:  Your  discus  will  look  bloated  -  like  he  swallowed  a  marble.  There  may  be  an  indentation  behind  the  bloated  area  as  if  he  had  been  pinched  by  your  thumb  and  forefinger.  Your  discus  may  shimmy  and  shake.  He  may  not  be  able  to  maintain  his  balance  and  will  generally  look  uncomfortable  and  be  dark  in  color.
 Treat  with  Epsom  Salt  (Magnesium  Sulfate  -  sold  in  grocery  stores  or  drug  stores  as  a  foot  soak  for  people).  One  or  two  teaspoons  of  Epsom  Salt  per  10  gallons  of  water.  Discus  should  be  better  in  4  hours  or  you  can  add  another  dose.  Epsom  salt  will  not  hurt  the  filter  or  the  other  fish.  You  may  dose  in  higher  amounts  of  even  one  or  two  tablespoons  per  10  gallons.  If  fish  is  not  better  in  24  hours  suspect  a  bacterial  infection.
 
 Intestinal  Flagellates:
 Symptoms:  Your  discus  may  quit  eating  or  spit  out  it's  food.  White,  stringy,  muscus-like  feces  will  hang  like  a  thread  from  the  anus.  He  may  be  dark  in  color  and  stay  in  the  back  of  the  tank  away  from  the  other  discus.
 Treat  with  Metronidazole  sold  in  pet  stores  as  Hex-A-Mit  or  Metrozol.  Can  be  purchased  online  from  several  sources.  400  -  500  mg  per  10  gallons  of  water.  Tank  temperature  92  degrees  +.  Dose  each  day  after  a  50%  water  change  for  3  to  5  days.  Use  92  degree  water  for  water  changes.  Feed  sparingly  of  favorite  foods.  Keep  water  temperature  elevated  for  a  week  after  treatment  ends.  It  may  take  a  week  or  so  for  the  discus  to  regain  it's  appetite.  In  severe  cases  of  long  standing  you  may  need  to  dose  every  8  hours  for  three  days.  May  dose  all  fish  in  tank  or  remove  affected  fish  to  hospital  tank.  Should  not  hurt  your  biofilter.
 
 Gill  Flukes  or  Bacterial  Disease:
 Symptoms:  Your  discus  may  breath  rapidly.  Gills  may  be  flared.  He  may  be  dark  in  color  and  stay  apart  from  the  other  discus.  Head  may  be  pointed  down  at  a  45degree  angle.
 Treat  with  Formalin  (formaldehyde)  sold  in  pet  stores  as  Formalin  and  in  a  combination  with  dyes  as  Quick  Cure  and  Rid  Ick  or  can  be  purchased  online.  One  cc  or  ml  per  10  gallons  of  water.  50%  water  change  after  8  hours.  Do  not  raise  temperature.  Add  extra  air  as  it  depletes  oxygen.  If  you  see  an  improvement  after  first  dose  you  can  treat  every  other  day  for  two  weeks.  Dose  all  fish  in  tank.  May  impact  biofilter.
 
 Copepods:
 Symptoms:  Little  skittery  bugs  you  can  barely  see  skitter  and  hop  on  the  bottom  of  the  tank  and  inside  the  filter.  They  are  a  symptom  of  overfeeding.
 Treat  with  Fluke  Tabs  sold  in  pet  stores  or  online.  Make  sure  inside  of  tank  and  filters  are  clean.  Day  one  do  a  50%  water  change  and  dose  one  tab  per  10  gallons  Day  two  and  three  do  regular  water  changes.  Day  four  dose  one  tab  per  10  gallons.
 
 Planaria:
 Symptoms:  White  dots  on  the  glass  walls  of  the  tank  and  inside  the  filter.  Planaria  love  smooth  surfaces.
 Treat  by  cleaning  your  tank,  rinsing  the  filter,  wiping  down  the  inside  of  your  tank  and  increasing  water  changes.  Decrease  amount  fed  and  use  a  prefilter  if  food  and  feces  are  being  sucked  into  the  filter.  You  can  also  dose  with  formalin  at  1  cc  per  10  gallons,  but  would  need  to  watch  for  ammonia  spike  if  heavy  die  off.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:47 pm Post subject: Re: Various Treatment Methods Reply with quote

 Hehehe,  full  mix  of  saltwater  and  freshwater  eh?
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