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Thread: discus question

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    i have a 55 gallon tank that has been cycled for several years. ammonia is o, nitrite is 0, nitrate is always trace. i have 5 4inch discus, two cory cats, and two cardinal tetras. eheim filter, bio wheel 350, and aqua clear hob. i do water change every other or every two days. temp is 87. i feed hikari floating pellets and some flake and occasional frozen blood worms. suddenly this morning one discus is in the bottom corner and has become aggressive if anyone swims near him but he wont eat. i use prime with every water change, and i see nothing on his that looks abnormal. not sure what to do

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    How long have you had the aggressive discus, in my experiences, a new discus in the aquarium can often change the pecking order. leading to one or more showing the behavior you have described.

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    they have all been in the tank together for 6 months

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    the aggressive territorial and not eating has just started today

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    Sounds like he is stressed,
    Could be sickness if not eating perhaps.
    Any change in coloration?
    Any changes with faeces?

    Do a water change.
    I'd consider foods that medicate for parasites on the off chance they will eat.

    Setup your quarantine tank, whether it's medical or social issues QT tank running is a useful resource.

    Unusually I have nothing more to add...

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    could i add some aquarium salts? i did water changes every other day, and still acting "distant". I dont see any change in coloration or feces, no signs of external trauma or spots.

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    Sounds to me as there may be some eggs down there or about to be.

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    i wondered that too. Now this fish is primarily on the bottom of the tank with back fins resting on the gravel looking almost to the top of the tank. I have looked for eggs, but have not seen any and I have done water changes and gravel vacs. If there were eggs, wouldnt I have cleaned them out? I did add one dose of salt and rid ich plus to the entire tank this morning. I dont have a quarantine tank, and the rest look healthy.

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    0 Not allowed! they have ick? I didn't see where you wrote that. If not, why in the world would you medicate the tank if they do not.

    Temps need not be that high either. They probably be fine in temps of 82.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 10-05-2012 at 03:39 PM.

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    it said on bottle good for other protozoan or illness, so i thought i would try. I can do a water change now if you think i should. I see that fish is also doing some intermittent shaking as well. This started a few days ago of just being territorial suddenly with no other changes in the tank. continued water changes, no new fish.

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