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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:06 pm Post subject: Need help with DIscus Reply with quote

 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
   you  can  also  have  a  look  at  my  tank  on  this  forum  http://www.discus.com.my/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=694   
 Cheers  and  thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:32 pm Post subject: Re: Need help with DIscus Reply with quote

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.
 Please  mention  your  location  and  try  to  make  it  a  part  of  your  signature.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:55 pm Post subject: Re: Need help with DIscus Reply with quote

 what  is  water  temparature?
 treat  them  with  metrodinizole.i  think  they  are  suffering  with  parasites
 change  u  r  water  source  and  see
   keep  and  treat  the  black  ones  separately
 did  u  find  any  foggy  type  layer  on  body  and  from  gills?
 you  add  a  one  drop  garlic  juice  in  the  tank  if  white  layer  on  the  body  appears
 i  wish  u  all  the  best
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:07 am Post subject: Re: Need help with DIscus Reply with quote

 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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