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    Default My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    My juvenile discus keeps relapsing.
    60 gallon tall tank -planted w/gravel.
    2 juvenile discus, 1 adult discus, 1 juvenile angel, 1 adult Angel, 3 very very small albino corys.
    No bullying
    Temp steady 86 degrees-increased to 88 degrees during med treatments.
    NitrAtes-5-10
    Ammonia-0
    Nitrites-0
    PH-steady 8.0
    Hard water
    Feed-freezed dried Australian Black worms-
    thatís all they will eat
    Water changes- 30-50% every three days with aged gassed out water with same ph and temp.
    All fish healthy except one juvenile discus.
    Symptoms-White stringy poo, dark in color, not eating, staying in corner by himself.
    Treated with API General Cure, API Melafix, Epsom Salt and raised temp combo as per directions.
    Then water change of 30% and carbon added.
    He started to look and act better and was eating well with Normal poo. Lasted about a week and relapsed with same symptoms.
    Did a second same treatment only kept meds in for 7 days this time in stead of 4 days. Same reaction-got better, started eating, looking and acting better.
    Again, lasted about a week and relapsed.
    Not sure what to do now!!
    New to discus-but years with fresh water aquariums.
    Please help-I would hate to lose this little guy.
    Thank you
    -Retha

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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    He needs to go in a hospital tank. Increase temp to 90 and treat with Metronidazole 500 mg per gal. Do the biggest wc you can do and re dose daily for 10-12 days I’m pretty sure. Maybe someone else is certain? I’ve also read 12-14 days or until fish is eating again. I had a heck of a time finding a gram scale till I went to a head shop. Ha ha
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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    Ok-I will give it a try-I thought that the metro in general Cure would do it but maybe I also didnít have the temp high enough too-all of my heaters say they only go to 88 degrees -where can I get a heater that goes that high
    Thank for helping me
    Last edited by Retha; Yesterday at 10:42 AM. Reason: Misspelled words

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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    There is not a high enough concentration of metro in General Cure. What you are doing is encouraging resistance. Get your metro from Jehmco and treat as Patty suggested. Since the hex has developed some resistance to metro, I would treat for 12-14 days. The temp of 90 will help but I don't know if your cory's can handle that high of a temp. Unless this is a planted tank I would treat all the fish in the tank as the Angels and apparently healthy Discus are likely harboring the parasite, too.
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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    Can you post some images please?

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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    I wanted to get clear on the Metro-is it 500mg per gallon as posted-or 500mg per ten gallons

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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    500 per 10.
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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    Sorry, I meant 500/10 gal. Also not sure how the cory’s would do.
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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    Quote Originally Posted by Pices View Post
    I had a heck of a time finding a gram scale till I went to a head shop. Ha ha
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    Default Re: My Discus keeps relapsing with sickness-please please help

    i lost a lot of cories when that temp went that high by accident.

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