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    P1000144 (2).JPGOne of my larger discus fell ill a few days ago, i noticed him hiding and not eating, he was tucked behind the heater leaning against it. This wasn't good so i began treatment with eSHa discus treatment, moved the heater behind a mesh. Having done this he's now feeding and perked up a bit but has a rather horrible looking sore on its side from the heater. It started just as a white mark but has now gone fluffy and flaky his gills on one side are also fury. Any recommendations? should i clean the wound, rub off the fluff? Please help he's one of a breeding pair i don't want to lose :(P1000144.JPG
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    sounds like he's getting a fungus infection after burning himself on the heater. did you read the discus stickies at the top of this section? there may be some info on treatments. I would only half-dose any meds and keep the water pristine, but I am no discus expert. melafix/pimafix would be the meds I would use (not sure how well they work for discus, but are good all-natural medications); keep in mind they hamper the dissolved oxygen and good aeration is needed when using these meds.

    best of luck with your sick discus. it's a nice big brown.
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    I wish I had medical advice but I am not comfortable giving advice when i dont have great answers. I just wanted to check in and see how your discus was.

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    you can try melaleuca AKA teatree oil. The same stuff is in melafix. And it makes your tank smell really good!

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    Not sure if I'm too late to help ,but I have owned Discus for many years and have seen all types of illness etc. I have bred Discus as well.

    It does seem that it is a heater burn, but is surprising as you would think the fish would realise what is happening and stay away from the heater.

    However, with Discus my rule has always been to not remove them from the tank at all and to treat them where they are. They absolutley hate being moved.

    I agree with a previous reply that Melafix or similar be used. First do a 50% water change and then treat for seven days. You will need to be patient. If it is not improving much by 7 days then 50% water change and treat again.

    What other fish are in your tank?

    Hope this helps!!

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    Looks very much like a heater burn one of my angels had a few years ago. It was also white like that but not infected. It appeared as if only the top layer of skin had been removed. It took him a long time to fill that area in again but finally it did and eventually even his stripes come back on the same spot. It was about 6 months to heal over, tho. I was afraid medications would contribute to the burn so used it very sparingly and finally not at all but just kept his water cleaner than normal. I would stick with the melafix as others have suggested.

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