Discus Sick? Need Help :(

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Joseph Dones, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Joseph DonesNew MemberMember

    Hello Fish Lore Folks,

    I am new to this site and seek help from those of you who can. A couple week ago one of my discus turned a dark color and stopped growing, it eats swims with the rest of my discus. It occasionally hides on its own and does something weird with its gill from the looks of it seems like its pushing water of them very intensely. I'm not sure if Fish Lore has a disease question that I can fill out.

    ph: 6.8
    Nitrate: 15
    Nitrite: 0
    Ammonia: Ideal [Safe] Stress Harmful Danger

    I used Kordon Rid Ich for a week ( I was told it can help with bacterial diseases)
    I used Aquarium Salt for a couple of days
    I tried Garlic in their food
    Nothing seems to be helping, Am I missing something. Any input will help me tremendously. Thank you for you time in reading this!

  2. InitiateWell Known MemberMember


  3. Joseph DonesNew MemberMember

    I'm sorry I don't know how I forgot

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  4. InitiateWell Known MemberMember

    What type of discus is it supposed to be?
  5. CarbeoWell Known MemberMember

    Try looking up medication and medicated food for Discus with bacterial and parasitic infections. There looks like a lot of wasting and stress on that fish. It's not uncommon but the method of treatment is probably a large topic amongst Discus enthusiasts.
  6. Joseph DonesNew MemberMember

    Its a blue snakeskin Discus, its supposed to look like the blue one in the second picture, I bought them at the same time with the same pattern. I did buy this bacterial tree oil thing that is supposed to be for internal and external bacterial disease it had no effect. I ended up purchasing Prazi Pro and waiting on its arrival since my lfs doesn't keep it in stock. What does Wasting mean on a fish?
  7. CarbeoWell Known MemberMember

    Yea those herbal treatments arnt terribly effective, but I guess its good to try a mild approach first. By wasting I was just describing the weight loss and caving-in shape of the head. It can be hard to tell what is going on inside. Use the prazi pro. Metronidazole, for example, is a antibiotic you may want to look into for after that. If I recall correctly, prazipro is praziquantel which is mixed with metrodiazole in the medication General Cure that kills parasites and clears the secondary infections they cause. That's how my local fish guy treats his new discus stock. Something like 3 weeks of it.
  8. CarbeoWell Known MemberMember

    You don't see and little red worms at its vent do you? Any white string poo?
  9. Joseph DonesNew MemberMember

    The last time I saw its poop it wasn't white it was just long and dark, I don't really handle my discus but from just looking I don't see worms but the gills are a little reddish. Someone did say that my fish look skinny, I feed them three times a day either 1 cube of blood worms/brine shrimp/beef heart or three pinches of flakes is that not enough? If it is then would my other fish have worms too? Its worrying to hear other people see them as skinny because when I do feed them they eat a lot.
  10. CarbeoWell Known MemberMember

    Yes the feeding sounds like plenty. The red worms would be unlikely, just checking. If one had more stress in shipping or a weaker immune system it could be sick when others arnt yet. It sounds like your treatment will be in the main tank anyway.
  11. Joseph DonesNew MemberMember

    Hello Everyone, today marks day four of the prazipro treatment and there seems to be no results

    I did however notice that the bottom of my tank has a lot of little white dots is this Columnaris?

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