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Old 11-15-2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I just wanted to make a quick post before I end up all night worrying..

I received four discus in the spring from a friend but I have been having issues with keeping weight on one of the fish.

This one fish had been on the smaller, thinner side from the beginning, but was pretty bullish so I wasn't too worried.

This fish is not hiding, is not dark but does have a sunken appearance. I am wondering if a parasite treatment might be needed?

There are four fish in total but they share a 90 gallon tank with some pencil fish, panda cories, and odessa barbs. There is also a pair of gold gourami.

Thanks for any tips you guys might be able to share with me, hopefully I can get started and stay in the right direction with these guys.
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check its poop, if its fine then give em a variety of food tetra color bits is good to fatten them up and growth if beefheart is too messy. Also important is watch the water temp keep it above 86 cross your finger the other fish will like it. Discus like warm water, they'll be more active and less susceptible to disease.
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It might have parasites, so try lacing the food with crushed raw garlic. (Worms hate it and they will leave the host. . .)
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oohhhh, I never thought of using the garlic in that way. Thanks so much!

Ohh yes holidays, I actually just started them on that food funny enough> I'll crank the heat up as well. I had it about 84...I'll make sure its stable as well. I have a feeling I might have a slight temp drop at night even with the heater
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haaa omg, I feel a bit bad.. I was cooking last night and crushed up some garlic in my press and gave some to the fish.

Wow! What a reaction! D: Kinda wished I had soaked it a bit first :/ They looked like they just got a mouthful of hot soup lol
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How can you make your fish eat the garlic? We chopped up the garlic, mixed them with flakes and they just spit it out.
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Beefheart is only messy when adding gelatin. Get some beefheart, cut all the fat off and grind it up in a food processor, then you can add a clove of garlic and continue to chop in the food processor. Put the mix into large freezer bags and flatten it down to about 1/4 inch thick and freeze. When feeding you can just break a piece off and drop it into the tank. They may not accept it at first but be persistent. Feed as the first meal in the morning when they are the most hungry. I do this for all my Discus.
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I put garlic in my beefheart. They dont have any problems. Don't overreact. I use about 1-2 cloves per pound of food and I squeeze it, not chop it so it's very thin. It boosts they immune system.
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