A simple way to diagnose this ailment is watching the clown's eating habits. Then you just discovered the greatest community of like-minded people anywhere. It does better address the fact that it is a concatenation of issues that leads fish to look skinny. by Vivo » Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:19 pm, Post Levamasole seems to be recommended a lot, but it seems to target smaller amount of worm types and not parasites. by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:26 pm, Post Do you like them? The tank is a 320 litre, well established, no other diseases on any other fish except this loach, water parameters are perfect, we do regular water changes, always conditioned water, same temp as the tank! The guy who I bought the loaches off of had a deal and it was something like 3 for the price of 2 so I assumed 3 alone would be OK. on it's own pump. Are there any signs to look for to know if your clown loach is sick? His breathing seems pretty normal actually. I have moved them to a quarantine tank and am treating with maracyn and maracyn 2. Is it safe to treat for parasites at the same time? Thanks by mikev » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:35 pm, Post https://plecoplanet.com/health/how-to-t ... nus-worms/. My clown loach are dying! Q. If you search for skinny/wasting disease in loaches there are heaps of forums / sites about it. So after a bit of research I heard about 'skinny disease', and it appears that may be what is wrong with him. You can identify it through the white lesions that form on the fish’s skin. But I have had him less than a month. The first is known as ich (short for ichthyophthirius), a disease caused by a parasite that results in small white speckles across the surface of the fish. In this case, as the name suggests, your Clown Loach lose weight dramatically even after being fed fair amount of food. While purchasing your clown loaches be vigilant; if you see any dead fish in the tank or the fish looks too skinny, stay away from that tank. Another major disease that they get hit by is the Skinny Disease. The best treatment for clown fishes diseases is sometimes as simple as slowly raising the temperature (sudden changes in water temperature can do more harm that good) to between 85F and 90F for up to 7-10 days. Does your's have white poop? They were doing great for all that time, plump and happy. Aug 17, 2014 #8 Your loach may not even have worms. Be careful over choice of treatment, as some brands claim to be hazardous to Clown loaches, although no literature details why this may be the case. What is skinny disease? The reason I ask is that I have two clown loaches bought approx three weeks apart (bought two together, one died it was replaced a few weeks later), and one has grown really well, filled out and is a good colour. PraziPro or Tetra Parasite Guard seem to be recommenced for a broader spectrum of worms, etc. Assuming its skinny disease. i have lost one to the disease and now another is showing symptoms, any help appreciated. The best treatment for clown fishes diseases is sometimes as simple as slowly raising the temperature (sudden changes in water temperature can do more harm that good) to between 85F and 90F for up to 7-10 days. If your clown loach is infected by ich, it might show up certain symptoms like white spots on the body. Could you give me a little info on this disease? This mode of human infection is much more common than infection from exposure to infected tropical fish tanks. by shari2 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:21 am, Post The other is I think the same size as when I got him. Are you interested in Loaches? Caused by internal parasites, you need to consult a veterinarian if your fish contract this disease. I just checked Petco's website, as I frequent the store since it's close. Then you just discovered the greatest community of like-minded people anywhere. Ichthyophthirius (Ich) Clown loaches are susceptible different kinds of diseases, Ich primarily, but also other parasites, like fin rot and velvet. From what I understand this is a fast paced bacterial disease. As well as following every cure guide on every forum. The disease causes visible white spots all over the body. Final Thoughts: Clown Loach is a funny species that can make an excellent addition to any peaceful community tank. If your loaches are eating a nitrous and healthy amounts and still seems to loose weight it is a good chance it has skinny disease. Do you love them? I have 6 clown loach ranging from 1" upto 4". Do you think you might be a Loachaholic? I bought 2 new clown's about a week ago and put them in with the drip method as i have done with all my fish in all 3 of my tanks. This can be diagnosed fairly easily. by mikev » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:10 am, Post If you could give me step by step instructions as to how to sort this out would appreciate it! I read that once a loach starts getting skinny there's no ... May 9, 2007 12,102 9,501 3,330 61 Northwest Canada. 'Skinny Disease' is a term that is applied to what amounts to 'Chronic Wasting Syndrome'. This forum is for all health-related questions on Loaches and other freshwater fish. The term "Skinny Disease" has been around in the hobby for a long time. I wanted to get some more clowns because I thought they would be happier in a larger group. I know clown loaches can stay still for a long time and appear dead, but he didn't look well at all. The second issue is regarded as skinny diseases and is an illness that is the internal infestation. That's. I lost a clown loach that I have had for several months to what I believe was skinny disease last week. A lot of newly imported clown loaches are prone to this illness especially the ones that are kept in high concentrations. I have 2 large peices of driftwood. You can treat the infestation with medication but read the label carefully. The second illness is known as skinny disease. I bought three new clowns all at 2". by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:09 pm, Post by Alex... » Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:57 am, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests. Another common affliction of clown loaches is "skinny disease". Personally, I'm not 100% sure but it's probably the first thing to treat for. clown loach skinny disease? The chances are that the loaches are already infected with Ich or skinny diseases. From what I can tell parasites, internal one's, are passed on if the loaches eat of the infected corpse. couple questions. Yup I knew about clown loach and I know a guy who will be happy to take them off of me when they outgrow their space. Another, possibly 2, have it now. The forum for the very best information on loaches of all types. Is his respiration any faster than the other fish? Another common issue is called Skinny Disease. by JWhipple » Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:22 pm, Post There is a skinnyish clown loach in main tank as well. I have heard of them getting skinny disease but cant seem to find any pictures! Reommended treatments that show up are levimasol, api general cure , metro soaked food. This is caused by internal parasites and can be treated with medication if used carefully. Dwarf chain loaches are also susceptible to flukes and worms. What are the symptoms? I don't see any reference on either medication for "skinny disease" though. Hi tanker, Brian.. Yeah true.. but guys, honestly I would think a 10 gallon would suffice if the clown loach is small enough 4"-5" like the ones Dave has; and the tank is provided with some plastic plants and rocks to provide a bit of hiding and security would help with the clowns being skittish. One of the two remaining is also skinny. How are they doing now? As for my unwell loaches, I am leaving them for some time to see whether they recover after their dose. I work today and I want to pick up some medication that may help him. Animals can waste away as a symptom of disease even if eating reasonably well. Skinny Disease. This disease will usually attack a sore or abrasion … Human epidemics of granulomatous skin disease have occurred from swimming in infected water. Fish are initially eating, and behaving normally, but losing weight, and eventually, left untreated, it leads to death. He's very very skinny. The other loach is looking really well and filled out with beautiful colours but this guy is quite pale now and you can see his backbone too easily - when you look at him from above - it looks like a knife!! Ich is a parasitic disease that easily spreads to other fish. The second most common thing that affects loaches is a thing called skinny disease. Come learn from our membership's vast experience! Do you love them? I found one treatment that focuses on parasites that manifest with white stringy poop. Treatment with Kusuri wormer was key to success. Are you interested in Loaches? That poor loach will likely not recover; he seems very far gone. I have extra oxygenation by way of a bubble bar already (as silly as it sounds, I love having a bubble curtain in the back of all my tanks!) Praziquental is primarily designed for flukes, and tape worms/nematodes. Used to describe an illness that presents with fish who become progressively skinny. It’s a highly contagious disease. They are doing slightly better, I have moved my healthy clown loach into my main tank so he is safe from any parasites. He is very skinny and hasn't been gaining any weight at all. Post I have had three clown loachs for about two years now, one 2", one 3" and one 4". Looks like all the anti-parasite meds they have specifically state to not use on Loaches or other sensitive fish. http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=534. Watch Queue Queue First thing one has to do is figure out what the exact issue is, as each medication is designed for specific issues. Well, the most skinny loach has died. by Alex... » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:36 am, Post This can be diagnosed fairly easily. If so, increase the oxygenation in the tank either with an airstone or by dropping the water level to allow the surface to splash while we try to sort this out. Skinny disease will wipe out all your loaches. by shari2 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:59 pm, Post The second issue, childishly referred to as 'skinny disease', is most likely an internal, Spironucleus type of infestation. Anyone with pics of fish that you think may have/had skinny disease/CWS please post them here. by shazam26 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:20 am, Post If the clown loaches in your aquarium are eating healthy amounts of nutritious food, but are still losing weight then they may have "skinny disease". They died about 5 days later after showing no signs of being ill,now my smallest clown that i have had for 2 months has just died. In more academic circles the term "Chronic Wasting Syndrome" is employed. Clown loaches are also prone to “skinny disease” or “knife back disease.” This results from a protozoan infestation. Loaches, having almost no scales, tend to acquire illnesses easily. Basically, it’s a parasitic infection. has anyone dealt with skinny disease in clown loaches in the uk. Is it contagious? by chefkeith » Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:45 pm, Post Early signs all the way to serious cachexia. Clown loaches are susceptible different kinds of diseases, Ich primarily, but also other parasites, like fin rot and velvet. Once again, look at your purchase source carefully before you bring your fish home. Skinny disease is best treated with a dewormer such as fenbendazole or levamisole. -- Light is faster than sound... Perhaps that explains why some people appear to be intelligent - until we hear them speak! The disease shows itself as a consistent loss of weight, paying little attention to how much nourishment the fish eats. Thank you, thank you, thank you chefkeith! If your loaches are eating a nitrous and healthy amounts and still seems to loose weight it is a good chance it has skinny disease. Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:19 pm. The reading you have been doing is correct. by shari2 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:44 pm, Post I first noticed it last night so thought I would check that the loach is eating....seems to be in small amounts, I was worried about the other fish snatching up all the food, but I always have cucmber in the tank for the fish to nibble on so the loach is not skinny because it is starving to death. by shari2 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:04 pm, Post This video is unavailable. Your clown grows emaciated, despite a normal appetite. They can leach nutrients from the fish, resulting in something aquarists call “skinny disease.” Do you like them? Post It is also caused by an intestinal parasite. by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:40 pm, Post If your Pond Loach has it, you must quarantine them immediately and provide treatment in a separate tank. Watch Queue Queue. We all know that precaution is better than cure. by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:50 pm, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 48 guests. The most common problem you’ll have to deal with is Ich. I've been doing a lot of research myself. Clown loach skinny disease - 11/09/06 First off, thanks for the wonderful website, I love reading it! The second most common thing that affects loaches is a thing called skinny disease. There are two primary diseases that afflict botia. Update: It's a form of parasitic worm that lives in the intestines of … Yikes, that clown loach is skinny alright.. Never seen one like that.. To try and attempt to treat the skinny disease, I'd say you should use Maracyn one and Maracyn II medication and medicated de-worming fish flakes in combination (make sure the medicated flakes are all eaten, if not, remove..) for the clown loach separated in a 10 gallon hospital tank; that is what I would do. Post by Alex... » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:36 am Hi There, 3 of my clown loaches are suffering severely from skinny disease, I have tried blue planet's fluke worm treatment, as well as melafix and nothing is working. The very term "Skinny Disease" is improper, it is a symptom. Do you think you might be a Loachaholic? Been dealing with a black spot, skin issue over the last couple weeks. Skinny disease is not a disease, being skinny is generally a symptom of an internal issue of one type or another. This is caused by internal parasites and can be treated with medication if used carefully. Is it ok to treat the fish while in a tank with others? by shari2 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:50 am, Post Skinny disease is not always recoverable, and loaches are particularly prone. 40 Posts #4 • Dec 14, 2008. by shari2 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:34 pm, Post A fish vet who keeps clown loaches himself told me "skinny disease" was caused by nematodes. 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