Sudden discus death
I've had my planted tank up and running for about 6 months now, and added some juvi discus about 3 months ago. I know, they say don't raise juvis in planted tanks... My fish have been doing great as have my tank, up until I got home from work this evening.
My blue diamond, about 4" now, was floating belly up, little fin movement, barely breathing. He was fine last evening when I went to bed, and fine this morning when I fed them before work. Feeding normally, and acting completely normal.
I immediately removed him from the tank and placed him in a small 2 gal hospital tank I set up using some tank water. His belly was very bloated, and very dark grey/black in color. This wasn't looking good. I dosed the tank with Epsom salt, and covered it with a towel, hoping he would recover. I came back to check on him an hour later and he was dead. What could come on so quick as to kill a seemingly healthy fish this quickly?
My water parameters have been rock steady for months. Ph at 6.5, I change water 50% twice a week, nitrates and nitrites nearly 0, no change in water hardness.
Only two variables out of the norm are an albino bn pleco I introduced two days ago, and some new food I tried (discus gold pellets, yes I softened them). Could the bn have sucked on him? Excessive bloat from the new food?
Should I be concerned about my other discus? I have 6 other juvis all around 4", who all seem to be acting normally. But then again so was this fish less than 24 hra ago.. Are there any preventative measures I should take with the tank?
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