ok i noticed this when i got them, and even though the rest were eating and swimming fine apart from the one i mentioned in my last topic (she is doing much better now,
there are these small black patches that these guys have. now they swim and eat fine as i said, but when i see the pics here and on the internet the fish colors are absolutely clear, in mine apart from a couple of them the rest have this problem.
Lori (shukant) told me its a major concern and suspects parasites (i showed a couple of pics to him), i'll be getting home and trying to get some better shots and upload here as well.
My QT tank had cracked so i am to get a new one, but since i am travelling on Monday for a day, i would be getting it after that, but if it is deadly important that i get one asap, i will arrange one tomorrow.
But i need suggestions on setting it up for the discus and what do i exactly do. I am quite a bit anxious here.
If it's indeed parasites, you will most likely have to treat the whole tank not just infected fish.
here are a couple of pics. Please tell me.
a fish breeder my fish shop guy knows, say them and said it happens in certain species, majorly marlboro and reds etc, they have a bit of spotting which generally dissapears as they grow but some keeps left behind. These are indian bred ones,apart from 4 of them, that were got in.
so what do you guys think. the rest of the fishes all seem to be doing fine, the danosoni, the loaches, german blue rams, rosbaras(i think i got their name right) and the asaiatics (thats what the fish guy called them, they are around 3 inches, have sail like dorsal fin big eyes, and brown thick band stripes on its body.
oh sorry, they rummynose tetra not rosbara.
Acedracon, I have stared and stared at the pictures, it's hard to say from them, sorry.
It does appear it's coloring in the fish.
Look up Black Spot Disease and see if you notice any symptoms other than black spots.
Do you notice anything other than the black splotches?
How is your water testing?
thats what is confusing me aswell.
In the new discus that were added a couple of days back, the tail fins are a bit off at the tips. they seem torn which could have been caused in the transportation of the fish.
I had a word with Garry, and he suggested that since the tank might be reaching its limit with the new fishes, i should do a twice a week water change instead of once a week. Since he said discus is all about the water quality, so mantaining them is very very important. Lori also suggested me to siphon better as that maybe increasing nitrate or nitrite levels.
The plants too do seem to be a bit off, so water could be a factor.
My tank has other fishes, but im not too sure if i should go for a RO system for the tank, the water here is hard, but i have been using it ever since i have kept fishes in the last 12 years, but with discus i feel a mix of RO and normal water may be better.
what do you think?
and yes i feel since these are hybrids, it could be the coloration in the fish, cause it seems to come and go as it pleases. like on adding the new fish, the smaller ones hid a bit and so the color darkened.
what other symptoms should i be looking for?
they are currently swimming and eating normally. but due to the new additions, they are a bit stressed i guess as they are hiding. there is no nipping or anything, i think it will just be a bit till they get used to it.
out of the ones that i have photographed and posted the red melon is normal as ever, the rest have a bit darker coloration and the spotting.
The black spot are commone in this spasis . Try to increase the water change amount and see wat wapand
What a great picture!!! I love it!
they are lack of nutrition due to the black spot.
It's called peppering. Common in Pigeon blood discus. It happens when PB discus are stressed out due to several issues, one of which can be due to the environment it is around.
Do you have black substrate? black background? Then that's why it's peppering.
It could also be due to water quality.
Generally, peppering discus = stressed PB or poor quality PB
They can be permanent or temporary depends on how long and how heavy.
It's digenetic Trematods, flukes, but don't panic, they are done causing damage by the time they become black spots, those are encysted worms, they only bother them before and during burrowing & becoming spots. I know this was a while ago, but they're prob Comming from snails, their second host, they go from eggs, laid by adults in birds, like Herron, who pass excrement and eggs to the water, and to snails, then they move to fish, who are eaten by birds and can finally mate in an acid environment. Ditch the snails, these r incurable, and though not fatal, they don't spread between fish, so U may have loaded wild snails.