View Full Version : Do I have a runt?

02-19-2003, 03:18 AM
I currently have 8 discus of various sizes in a 60g tank. I bought two wattley red pandas more than a month ago and one is not growing. They were both approximately the same size when I got them. He appears to be doing okay, he does eat, no white poo, but slight fin deterioration on the dorsal fin. What should I do or not do with this guy? Thanks.

Greg ???

02-19-2003, 04:17 AM
He might have worms, might be intestinal flagellates . . . . there is usually one small one in every tank . . . .

02-19-2003, 05:11 AM
Yep I have also one of those.
He is the oldest though ;D


02-19-2003, 11:57 PM
okay, if he has worms or flagellates, what is the best treatment?

greg ???

02-21-2003, 12:09 AM
Now he has white poo. What do I do? He is not eating much also. Help please.

02-21-2003, 12:25 AM
Sounds like intestinal flagellates or hexamita. Do you have a hospital tank or do you want to treat the whole tank?

Turn heat up to 92/93F, dose metronidazole (hex-a-mit) @ 400-500 mg per 10 gallons daily** after 50% water change (change water needs to be close to 92 also) for three days. Feed favorite foods - sparingly. Keep heat up for a week after treatment ends then slowly lower a couple of degrees per day. It may take discus several days to regain full appetite.

** Others dose metro 3 times per day (every 8 hours)

02-23-2003, 05:24 PM
Thanks Carol

Using hex-a-mit as directed on box on entire tank. Everybody in the tank is eating great with the high temps. I added salt too and temp is at 90-92F. I got help from the chat room also (thanks DonL and Wahter)


02-23-2003, 05:27 PM
Great news Greg! :thumbsup: :wave: