All living things are subject to sickness and disease. This includes your beloved discus fish. Discus fish diseases? It’s true; it is basic biology. Living organisms (discus fish) can be infected with disease.

You get sick, you go to the doctor. Dog or cat sickness requires a visit to your local vet. What about fish? Is there an “Urgent Care For Fish” in your neighborhood? Unfortunately, there is not a Fish Hospital in most neighborhoods. You will need to educate yourself on treatment procedures.

The cause of discus disease is usually something called pathogens. They are the itty bitty critters that infect things. Pathogens can be present in the water of your fish tank without your knowledge. Another place that pathogens live and breed are in and under the “slime layer” that covers the outsideĀ  discus fish charters of your fish (this layer is supposed to protect them from disease).

Discus fish disease can result from various things. Under normal conditions, disease carrying pathogens live around and on fish. So it is possible that a disease comes into the tank when you introduce a new discuss into the community.

Other ways for pathogens to prosper in your tank may be the following:

Mixing discus with non-compatible tank-mates can cause stress, leading to a weakened physical state which allows the growth of pahtogens. Human abuse can also play a part in the stress of your discus. Things like constant tapping on the side of the tank… Did you know this?
If there is a water quality problem that goes untreated, such as improper water pH or temperature
Nutritional deficiencies
Since discus fish are not all that common, it may be necessary for you to have a medical manual for discus fish care. But you can always jump on the Internet and find the answers to your questions, too. If your discus is in need of medication, make sure you know the proper dosage. If you do have to give medication to your fish, you may want to contact a discus professional.

And remember this – mixing medications should never be done if you are not familiar with the consequences. In other words, unless the intructions on the medicine tell you to mix… don’t. Mixing medications could result in extremely unfavorable outcomes, including death. Also, don’t over-treat, and don’t over-analyze the problem. You could end up creating new problems or making the existing problem worse. Keep it simple, the correct dose is very important. Adding medication does not necessarily mean that the problem will go away quicker. Just because one drop is instructed does not mean that two is better. follow the instructions.

And again, just as in humans or human pets, discus treatment may take time. Do not expect an overnight cure. If an antibiotic is indicated to treat a bacterial infection, make sure you treat the fish for at least 10 days. Otherwise, you will run the risk of creating a much stronger bac