Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:41 am Post subject: Hole in the head
I have around 18 adult discus ranging from 4-6" housed in a 6X2X2' tank.
The filteration is taken care by Unimax Pro 600.
Water change regieme is around 30% to 40% every alternative day.
Feeding: Hikari discus Bio Gold, tetra bits, occassionally ground garlic, shelled boiled peas spinach and pellets ground and frozen.
All the discus are eating fine and in good health. The Poo is blackish red. No long strings
Yesterday I noticed one of my 6" PB checkerboard discus having a hole in the head Just in front of its eyes with white discuarge sourrounding it. Though it is very active and eating fine, still I am worried. Will be posting pictures soon.
Can the Gurus kindly help me out as to do I need to quarentine it? If any medications how to go around. I have read elsewhere in the net that Hole in the head is due to bad water conditions. I can assure you that my water condition are good with a Ph of 7 and no ammonia or nitrite. I did a water check up yester day and the readings were encouraging. If that is the case what went wrong?
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:12 pm Post subject: Re: Hole in the head
HITH is caused due to Hexamital infection (flagellates).
Quarantine infected fish & give it strong Metro-booster course (10mg per liter) for 3 days under higher temperature (32-33 degrees).
Would suggest not to feed the fish during treatment.
I did a water check up yester day and the readings were encouraging. If that is the case what went wrong?
Flagellates always exist with discus, hence some people regularly dose metro in the tank or mix them with food to keep flagellates under check.
When these flagellates multiplies out of control taking over fish's intestinal system, such hexamital issues occur.
Keeping pristine water quality in BB tanks supported with regular WC helps to avoid such diseases.
I don't advocate periodical de-flagellating but having metro-filled DIY foodmix as regular diet is not bad idea.
Last edited by Yogesh on Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:49 pm; edited 2 times in total
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:05 pm Post subject: Re: Hole in the head
Poor water quality , stress , insufficeint Vitamin C & D in feed all leads to such problems .
Since all other discus are eating well , you remove only this discus in hospital tank and start with very good WC of 75 Daily to this tank . feed well . Try to post pcs if possible to understand the problem better . You can try Metro or Almond leaves in water .
Quarantine infected fish & give it strong Metro-booster course (100gm per liter) for 3 days under higher temperature (32-33 degrees).
Yogesh , recheck the dose . This dose is not correct .
Posted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:54 am Post subject: Re: Hole in the head
My discus is in the second day of Metrogyl treatment. The dosage is 80 gm to 80 liters of water and a 50% waterchange every day. WOW on the second day itself the wound has covered and the fish is quite normal. It is also taking little bit of freeze dried bloodworm. After the third dosing. As adised by Shive I will stop Metro for 3 days and again dose it for another 3 consecutive days. Thank you all buddys for the valuable advice.
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