Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:06 pm Post subject: Need help with DIscus
Hello friends I need your help with my discus tank
I have a 6 feet by 3 feet high and 4 feet width roundish 3 sided corner tank bare bottom with about 20 discus of various sizes, i will move the smaller ones aside after a while but i am really enjoying seeing them grow so i have them for now.
I have a peculiar problem with the them now, though they recognise me and come to me for food esp the tetra bits evening snack and BH morning meal.
[*]1. I have noticed that a few of them of 4 inches size have turned almost black for the last few months!! i didn't like to bother them since they are eating and growing, i also believe they do best when left alone. but its been a while. I think they need a de-worm since i have never done this since the time they have come. I have mixed flagyl with BH and fed them for 2 days to what i have read so far i should continue a few days more, i plan to introduce them to epsom salt as it seems it provides better resits before i can treat them with mebendazole (mebex) or Praziquantel. I am still a litlle unclear so for now i will continue metro 400 mg a few days more, i have not seen any color improvement ion them yet, though they are growing the best they are dark and hide in corners
[*] 2. Also one more peculiar thing that i saw was some of the full grown adults have minute hole in their heads, since they still eat out of my hand i think it is not hole in the head. as they are not so normal with it, but i will still wait for you all to guide.
[*] 3. One of them who has been with me for more than a year has it's gills depressed moved inwards eating well but color is dark a grown up adult.
I need help in getting the medication and quantity right,
And my setup i have a 1400 lph external filter with carbon and UV light to it, i keep that on since i have fed the fiosh with metro 400 mg in BH and not water. Will switch it off during epsom salt and Prazi or mebex treatment. Pls suggest i think other websites suggest i introduce Epsom salt with de-flagellate to get best results from de-worm exercise. besides the external filter i also have a interanl 1400 lph internal filter with diffuser and aeration to it (my observation indicates better growth of discus with aeration, read that somewhere, seeing results now ) supported with sponge filter that does the water clarifying trick to its best, due to high volume i keep all of them running 24x7 except during feeding.
So pls let me know about the de flagellate de worming and also about the peculiar flatness/depression i see on one of the discus gills, (both gills functioning fine, eating fine, but color and gill not looking fine
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Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:32 pm Post subject: Re: Need help with DIscus
Also one more peculiar thing that i saw was some of the full grown adults have minute hole in their heads, since they still eat out of my hand i think it is not hole in the head. as they are not so normal with it, but i will still wait for you all to guide.
They must be suffering from Hexamita.
Use any broad spectrum medicine to treat them. Also please let us know about water changes.
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005 Posts: 90 Location: bangalore
Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:07 am Post subject: Re: Need help with DIscus
Usually these spots are seen in the fish healing from ammonia surge. The area that was burned will turn blck and this is the healing sign. The spots should fade within few days.
As for the hole in head give them lot of food that contains grren matters.
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