As mentioned with the loss of #8 and now #7. It is just a bit confusing and discouraging at the same time. From all the research I have done and giving these "Discus" the "Best" with water changes, food, etc.. and they get the most attention. I am realizing why the majority of hobbyist say they are the most difficult to keep.
Look at our gang, everyone has a different type of setup from bare bottom to full blown planted tanks. Hard to soft water, high pH to neutral. From "Discus" only tanks to communities, canister filters and UV to just sponge filters. Most of us do 25% to 90% water changes every other day to once or twice a week even 3 times.
No rhyme or reason.
I have had my random losses keeping a wide range of different fish when I first started, but this is getting ridiculous.
I really disagree with a prophylactic treatment. Just use normal "Quarantine" procedures and have not experienced any type of disease in my tanks.(Knock on Wood).
But coralbandit may be on to something.
At this point I am not throwing in the towel but will proceed full speed ahead with caution of course and get the "Planted Community" build going. And continue to be a spectator and see what "Mother Nature" decides.
Learning all the Time.
Keep positive! Don’t let losing a fish be your downfall! Always look for that silver lining! We are ALL learning and experiencing different scenarios. For every action there is an equal to opposite reaction. Consider it as your opportunity to grow and don’t let it steer you away from the hobby you love. We all have lost fish at some point or another and we all “learn the hard way” so to speak. I believe you will come out of this a much better discus keeper than you imagined. We are all slowly “getting the hang of things” so no one here is better than the other! Keep your confidence and don’t let it get the best of you I have faith you will figure out a solution very soon. Imo you are doing an excellent job at taking care of your discus I just think Mother Nature May have had different plans! She’s always so moody this time of year anyways. Lol you got this!