Thanks for looking into my situation and providing some pointers. I definitely want to get our next group of Discus from a more reputable source and will definitely check out the vendors listed here. We plan to eventually have 6 total Discus. That said, I need to work on getting these guys straightened out before I get any more. We are currently getting the black worms from two different LFS, but I'd like to eventually culture my own so that I don't have to worry about as many additional parasites. We always have to clean out the worms and separate any other squirmers we can get in there, most commonly leeches, but this last batch also had some other hair thin worms that we had to separate out. >.< I want to get them onto other food, but it is a struggle to get them to take other food, particularly with whatever is ailing them.
Really appreciate you sharing your advice! There is a lot of good advice I can take something from.
Thanks Kyla. Maybe I'll try it. So far I've tried frozen blood worms, frozen beef heart, frozen mysis shrimp, freeze dried brine shrimp, granules, and cichlid flakes. The only food all the Discus will take is the live black worms. My bigger Discus also likes the frozen blood worms, but doesn't go after them the same as the black worms. I've also caught each of my Discus grazing on algae wafers as odd as that sounds. I put them in there for the Garra, which will usually take them into their caves and hide them, but the Discus will graze on any left out and will steal them if they are not well hidden. They do this in the off time between normal feedings.
Hope your not offended but I would cull those and sterilize the tank.They really look too far gone to amount to anything worth while.The price of meds these days is not cheap and I can't see these fish improving,especially the very thin guy.
I've got Levamisole on the way... should have arrived today. I will start with this. I am not certain the issue is worms, but hopefully deworming the fish will help either way as it will at least free their immune systems from having to deal with that. If I don't see improvement there, my current plan is to treat with metro to remove any flagellates. The fin rot suggests a bacterial issue, so I may treat simultaneously with an antibacterial, or after using the Levamisole. I'd certainly appreciate any advice anyone has on treatment.
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In all my years of keeping fish.I have never seen a fish that thin get any better.That one is super thin.Both are breathing fast.Too late for meds for the dark one.Good luck.