Discus fins black

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ANUPAM SAXENA

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Dear Sir,

I have two discus and their down fins are little black. Also they are not eating aggressively.

I am also attaching a pic of the same for your reference. Kindly advise.

Thanks,
Anupam

Discus Fins Black.jpg
 

fishorama

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Welcome to AC! You might get a better response in the angel/discus cichlid forum.

Both fish look to me to have frayed fins...what are your water parameters; ammonia, nitrite & nitrate? How often do you change water & how much each time? What foods do you feed & how often? What size tank? Any other fish? How long have you had them?

We need a lot of info, help us to help your fish. They look to need some help, what size are they? Tell us everything...& then we'll ask some more.

When any problems arise in my tanks my first answer is to change water, a lot & often.
 

ANUPAM SAXENA

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Hi,
Thanks a lot for your response and my answers are below.

Daily I am changing water around 50%. Currently i am giving tubifex and blood worms 3 times a day. Tank size is 10 Gallon as I can't afford big size. I have purchased them on 10th of this month. Size i don't know may be 2-3 inches.
I don't have a kit to check water parameters like ammonia, nitrite & nitrate but for coming down the PH I have put Almond leaves and changing water regularly so that ammonia can't raise up.

Thanks,
Anupam
 

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Oh dear, a 10g is way, way too small for even 2 smallish discus. There's no way this can work even in the short term. Please, just give them back to the shop.

If a 10g is all you have room for you need to think about keeping fish that only grow to an inch or so.
 

ANUPAM SAXENA

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Mam,
In India there is no return policy of fishes.
Can they fine in 20 gallon tank if so I can transfer them there.

Thanks,
Anupam
 

fishorama

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No! Not in a 20g either. I say the minimum is a 4ft 75g for the short term. Discus get to be big fish, 6 inches in diameter...& they prefer to be kept in groups of at least 6...(or mated true M & F compatible pair in a minimum of a 29g) (30 inches x 12 x 20 high)...but only if you have another tank to raise any fry in.

Discus are a lot of work!! Daily water changes & several feedings per day was what I tried to give them...but I'm not sure I want to try them any time soon again
 

Liam_mcG

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If you using that tank as quarantine it is fine, but as long as you have another tank set up to put them in.
 
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