I have been using a bacterial treatment called Artemiss which is a natural remedy. I have also been using a parastic treatment called herbtana, made from the same company. It says on the box that you can and should rotate the two products when introducing new fish for two days... so I'm wondering since I can NOT apparently diagnose whether this is a bacterial or parasitic thing affecting these fish IF I can simply rotate the medication for 10 days without negative effects?
I figure I would get slammed for not providing details from the sticky and explaining a little bit of my situation HOWEVER my real question is simply IF these two products are fine to alternate dosing in a day (as the instructions say for new fish introduction), would it be ok to simply continue dosing for a longer period in hopes to clear up bacterial AND parasitic problems since I can't seem to properly diagnose whatever problem I have and a CURE ALL would be nice?
Now, if you can't answer that question without reading the backstory feel free to proceed
Below you will see my tanks parameters to add to my confusion. My large "showtank" the discus always seem stressed. It is a planted tank with injected CO2
. Clamped fins on one of the three discus, popeye, seemingly abnormal fighting. Honestly I didnt pay too much mind to the "fighting" as this has been somewhat "normal" behavior for this tank for a loooooong time. What made my really think twice is I ordered a lot of new discus and set up a quarantine tank for the new ones. The quarantine tank is doing SO wonderful (for a month now) that I realized the severity of my "show" tank something is just wrong. What makes me even crazier is there is very little different between the two tanks except CO2
and a different substrate in the show tank. I will NOT be moving the discus from quarantine into the show tank as the show tank seems to be a weird mess for some reason and the quarantine is so functionally good I wouldn't move the new arrivals into that when they are doing so well in quarantine.
Three different things between the two tanks.
excel, injected CO2
tonight I decided to do a test and eliminate excel dosing and cut the CO2
. Plants will have to grow slow for a while
In the quarantine tank there is no excel dosing, nor CO2
and the substrate is a regular crappy gravel from petco.
The "show tank" is high tech to some degree with a fancy "aquadurt" substrate and all the bells and whistles to make a "nice" tank however seems to be a fail on fish health when my low tech quarantine has discus jumping for food and singing songs around the campfire together
CONFUSED? Yes, I am.
1~What type of fish is afflicted? Discus (popeye, seemingly abnormal fighting)
2~What are your tank parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, temp, pH)? ammonia= 0
nitrites= 10 ppm
3~ How large is the tank? How long has the tank been set up? 120 gallon, 2years
4~What type of filtration are you using?
Aqueon Proflex Acrylic Sump Model 3 - 110 Gallons containing:
2 200 micron socks containing:
nitrate and ammonia pads
Fluval Pre-Filter Media - 750 grams/26.45 ounces
5~How many fish are in the tank? 3 Discus. 8 inch. Been in there for over a year.
6~When is the last time you did a water change and vacuum the gravel?Everyday, between 5 and 15 gallons daily.
7~How long have you had the fish? Over a year.
8~Have you added anything new to the tank--decor, new dechlorinator, new substrate, etc.? no
9~What kind of food have you been feeding your fish, have you changed their diet recently?
Frozen Blood Worms
Frozen Beef Heart
ALL mixed together, strained and made fresh daily