Hi Fellow Aquarists, 6 weeks ago, we added 12 discus fries(1.25" to 2.25") from a local breeder (Boston MA tap water) in our 75gal planted community. (Let me just share that this gentleman gave us 8 "runts" that was below his standards because of our interest in attempting our hands on discus!)
Chemistry has been stable; 7.6 pH, 0 ppm
for Ammo, NO2
, and NO3
at around 78 degrees. Our plants have been pearling, we gravel vac daily for loose detritus, everyone has been active and eating extremely well!
Now, 3 weeks ago, we lost one of the smallest discus fry, followed by a second 5 days later. (The first two fries had physical deformities; one had a missing eye, the other deformed gill plates.) A third fry died a week after and today our fourth.
Now, Today's fry had a slightly bulging belly and what appeared to be white, curly and stringy fecal matter from its anal area. I had noticed one of the live larger fry (2.5")with a similar white strand 2 days ago, which raised some concerns for the tank.
Should we treat the whole tank, and for what...what would be the ideal medication for a planted community with shrimp and snails? TIA