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    Default Discus floating upside down

    I have set up my new aquarium of 120L ( i understand its small tank will have big one soon) a week before and i bought all 10 discus from one the aquarium from one of the house pet (not from market) as all fishes were in good health and vibrant color and form good community. I have used same tank water almost 70% in my new aquarium to keep all beneficial bacteria and recycle my tank at earliest.

    Out of 10, 8 fishes are around 4-5 inches (fin to fin) two are small babies about 2 inches.

    After a week i have observed two issues as mentioned below.

    1. One of the good fish was floating upside down in mid of the tank from yesterday and stop eating.
    2. One of the mature fish is most of the time going away from community and prefer to stay alone most of the time and i guess she was having issue in proper floating/swimming as well.And she stops eating from last two days.

    I am providing same food what the earlier pet owner used to have but he used to provide once a day i am giving them food twice a day. from last couple of day i am giving frozen beef heart/frozen worms in addition to that discus granule.

    As this is my first experience of keeping discus so m bit nervous now as i love all my fishes and dont wanna loose them.

    Yesterday i have replaced first time (after 5 days) 40% water and added fresh tap water after storing it for 48 hours and added anti chlorine and added bacteria stability solution. I did not check my water parameters yet.

    I would really appreciate the detail answer

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    Default Re: Discus floating upside down

    Looks like swim bladder disorder. Low probability to heal.

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    Default Re: Discus floating upside down

    Sorry but 120l is about 30g. So if you’ve got 10 discus at those sizes in a 30 gal. Your going to have problems. You will need to change probably 90% of the water daily for a good chance of keeping them alive. Next you should be looking for at least a 90g or bigger tank. That’s 360l or bigger.

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    Default Re: Discus floating upside down

    70% of old dirty tank water in your new tank; is that correct? Five days in dirty water is a long time for young discus. There are no BB in the water column; it would be on the surfaces of the objects in the tank and filter. If the dirty water came from another cycled tank with fish you may have cross contaminated the discus.

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    Default Re: Discus floating upside down

    This sounds like new tank syndrome to me. Beneficial bacteria doesn't grow in the water column -- It usually grows on surfaces like bluelagoon has said. Using old filter media, substrate, or decorations is a good way of cycling a new tank. Ideally, you should give your new tank an opportunity to cycle and test the waters daily.

    Let us know how the water parameters are when you have the chance. Sorry to hear this happening to your discus. Also -- having 10 discus in such a small tank would require daily water changes. There was probably an ammonia spike in your tank that's affecting your fish. The best bet now is to change your water daily, test your waters, and go from there.

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