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Thread: Is that gill flukes, need advise

  1. #1
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    Default Is that gill flukes, need advise

    I bought these discus a month ago.
    One of the fish is breathing heavily with one gill clamped. Gill plate has a vertical cut and there is red spot near mouth and is not eating. A couple more fish has that vertical cut in middle of gill, they are eating though.



    1. Please explain the problems with your fish. When did you notice the problems and did anything unusual happen that you think started them?

    A week ago.

    2. Symptoms (i.e. turning dark, excess slime, not eating, clamped fins, flashing, darting, clamped gills, white/yellow/green poop, hiding, headstanding or tailstanding, white on tips of fins, rotting or fungus, blisters/white zits on fish, bloated, cloudy eyes, wounds).

    Some stress bars, not eating, one gill clamped, somewhat hiding.

    One gill clamped, breathing heavily.

    Naturally there is a vertical line in gill plate, now that line is converted into a cut. Now when it breathe its like two gill disks moving. Does not look good.

    3. What medications/ treatments have you already tried and what were the results. Include dosage and duration of treatment.

    Salt bath today, still no use.


    4. Tank size and ages, numbers and sizes of fish.

    75 gallons. 15, 2-3 fish.

    5. Water change regime (What percentage and how often).

    Daily 50%

    6. How long has tank been running? Is it bare bottom? If you have substrate, what type and how deep is it?

    Tank running for around 3 months. Sand substrate. 1 inch deep.

    7. Do you age your water? If you do for how long and what is the ph swing.

    I do not age water, add from tap match temperature and use prime.

    8. Parameters and water source;

    Note: Water Parameters are important in diagnosing problems within a tank. If you don't own test kits for the following information, you can purchase them, test your parameters and post this info as soon as possible.

    - temp 85 F

    - ph 7.2

    - ammonia reading 0

    - nitrite reading 0

    - nitrate reading 5 ppm

    What type of water or combinations of water sources do you use? If it is an RO/tap/well water mix, please list percentages in the mix.

    - municipal water

    9. Any new fish, plants or inverts added recently.


    10. Please tell us what you feed your fish and how often. This can be critical information for solving the problem so be as specific as you can.

    3 times a day. Freeze dries black worms, San Francisco bay beef heart.

    11. Include any pictures or videos you have which shows the symptoms. If you can't add them to this post, please provide a link to them.

    Fish with problem

    Fish with cut in gills but eating and moving happily

  2. #2
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    Mar 2018

    Default Re: Is that gill flukes, need advise

    only if you check in microscope, cut a piece of gills and check

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