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This is a discussion on DISCUS Emergency within the Hospital Section forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; So today I almost had three Discus fry (1-2") die on me . I was carrying out my water changes ...

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    So today I almost had three Discus fry (1-2") die on me . I was carrying out my water changes , when halfway through I noticed two discus were on their sides lying on the bottom of the tank being swept around topsy-turvy by the current (which is minimal). I grabbed both of them and held them in my hands just below the surface over the bubbler so they wouldn't be jostled. 5min later they both swam off and were fine . About a 1/4change left to go and I have my 1 smaller one on the bottom completely drained of colour just like the other two . I thought he was a goner but repeat procedure his colour returned slowly 15min later he swam off - nothing has changed; my routine for the past week has been identical .

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    My water goes from my tap to a holding bucket where its heated and aerated - I only ever add Prime , it is then pumped slowly into my tank.
    The water temp change goes from 86 to 84
    pH is 6.6** (Sorry realised this typo too late)
    I do 90% changes daily
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    Sorry, now realize this should be in hospital section

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    I'd say a ph drop. Or the fading off bubbles which there should t be any of your using a holding tank.
    If ph goes down you can get ph shock.



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    Quote Originally Posted by aprilsaquarium View Post
    I'd say a ph drop. Or the fading off bubbles which there should t be any of your using a holding tank.
    If ph goes down you can get ph shock.



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    I'm with April on that it's likely PH. I do two things to make sure this doesn't happen when I do water changes, (1) add equilibrium or Epsom salts or sea salt once the new fresh water starts flowing back in and (2) add some coral substrate & oyster shells to be bottom of the tank. Glad that you saved them

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    Moved to Hospital section.

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    Maybe it's to big of a change.. try 30-50% wc instead of 90?

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    90 is fine if it doesn't go down. Going up is fine. A 2 degree drop is fine. Anymore and another shock.
    I use equilibrium
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    Be sure
    My ph does nt slide .
    If the filter does t keep up and high biolaod ph slides. Also you need some
    Hardness for proper nitrification


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    what are you feeding them?

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    They get fed a homemade beefheart mix , frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp, and freeze dried Australian Blackworm. All of which gets siphoned out when they're done.

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    If it was a pH drop why has it only happened now . Did I do something wrong?

 

 
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