Question Possible Sick Discus - Need Second Opinions

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What is the water volume of the tank? 125 Gallons
How long has the tank been running? 3 Months
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? 3, 700 Watts total
What is the water temperature? 84-85F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)
5 Discus, 1 Yoyo Loach
Maintenance
How often do you change the water? Every other day
How much of the water do you change? 50%
What do you use to treat your water? Prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Substrate as well, change filter floss every week

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes
What do you use to test the water? Both strips and liquid
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate:<5
pH:Test strips say 6.2, liquid says 7.4 lol

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? 3-5 times a day
How much do you feed your fish? however much they can eat in a minute
What brand of food do you feed your fish? I feed a variety of around a dozen different foods
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? yes and I pre-rinse

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? Around 2 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Last week
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Hiding, eating but not excited, lazy
Have you started any treatment for the illness? No
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? He's always been like this

Explain your emergency situation in detail.
I'm not confident if my fish is sick or not, I'm thinking if he is, it's some sort of internal parasite since nothing is viable externally. One day I noticed the poop wasn't white, but it was clear and looked like snail eggs, which I do have quite a lot of. I noticed he eats during feeding time, but not anything like the other 4, the other 4 are very rambunctious. It looks like he doesn't mind weather he eats or not, maybe getting a few bites in here and there. Tends to hide quite a lot, more than the other fish. Should I run a cycle of prazipro? It also seems as if he's at the bottom of the hierarchy in my Discus, least aggressive, most timid. He was the last Discus I bought, but I've had the guy around a month at most later than the rest. he acted similar like this to when I got him, but I thought maybe he was just having a hard time acclimating to my parameters, but that doesn't seem the case.
 

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If the other guys seem ok I would put him in a hospital tank if you have one available and treat him there. If that’s not an option, you might consider treating the whole tank to be safe. Could be bacterial or parasitic so maybe something that treats both.
 
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LadyArtemis said:
If the other guys seem ok I would put him in a hospital tank if you have one available and treat him there. If that’s not an option, you might consider treating the whole tank to be safe. Could be bacterial or parasitic so maybe something that treats both.
Yeah I actually just dosed the entire tank with Prazipro in case there is something and to eliminate any potential eggs. If I notice anything improve, I'll do a second treatment to ensure it killed whatever parasite it may be, considering eggs are left behind in the poop. If not, then I know it's most likely another problem, any thoughts?
 

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Sounds like a good plan of action. Provide extra aeration while you are treating if possible. Hope he gets better!
 

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