Timid discus not eating

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23 Sep 2015 01:35 #1 by donalh (Donal)
Hi all. First up, i know there has been similar topics on here but they havent answered my question. I have 8 young Discus in my tank (Cobalt Blue) about 3-4 cm. 7 of them aggressively chase food but one timid guy hangs back and doesnt eat. I provide plenty of food and even if food drifts by him or sometimes lands on his head he wont even attempt to eat it. I havent seen him eat a single thing in 2 weeks. last time i saw him take a shit was 1 week ago. He is the smallest of the group and always seems to hang out by himself. I worry he will die soon if he doesn't sort it out. Is there anything I can do? Would hate to lose him. Strangely he has the most striking black stripes of all the discus. The ones without lesser stripes are the most dominant/aggressive.

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23 Sep 2015 07:37 #2 by trent (trent)
usually the strippes (stress bar) show if fish is stress or sick, if they turn black it means they are very sick or if they have eggs or fry eatting off them. there might be something stressing him out or maybe internal infection butif you can see white feaces that internal iifection is mostly ruled out. try feeding black worms, mussels,brine shrimp ect

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23 Sep 2015 09:08 #3 by donalh (Donal)
Thanks for this. I'm relatively new to Discus so hadnt heard about the stress bar, this makes a lot of sense. I'll try your suggestion above

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23 Sep 2015 10:09 #4 by trent (trent)
btw gamma food are meant to be best for not haveing paracites in there blood worms ect

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23 Sep 2015 10:35 #5 by alan 64 (alan)
Can u give a description of ur tank the filters ur running the water changes u do and ur water parameters

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