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. Is his respiration any faster than the other fish? Do you love them? From what I can tell parasites, internal one's, are passed on if the loaches eat of the infected corpse. I read that once a loach starts getting skinny there's no ... May 9, 2007 12,102 9,501 3,330 61 Northwest Canada. He's very very skinny. I work today and I want to pick up some medication that may help him. But I have had him less than a month. My clown loach are dying! This mode of human infection is much more common than infection from exposure to infected tropical fish tanks. A fish vet who keeps clown loaches himself told me "skinny disease" was caused by nematodes. 40 Posts #4 • Dec 14, 2008. As for my unwell loaches, I am leaving them for some time to see whether they recover after their dose. Treatment with Kusuri wormer was key to success. Reommended treatments that show up are levimasol, api general cure , metro soaked food. Personally, I'm not 100% sure but it's probably the first thing to treat for. How are they doing now? 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. Is it contagious? Assuming its skinny disease. It does better address the fact that it is a concatenation of issues that leads fish to look skinny. Another common affliction of clown loaches is "skinny disease". by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:40 pm, Post There are two primary diseases that afflict botia. I just checked Petco's website, as I frequent the store since it's close. Animals can waste away as a symptom of disease even if eating reasonably well. I have moved them to a quarantine tank and am treating with maracyn and maracyn 2. 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!) Used to describe an illness that presents with fish who become progressively skinny. That poor loach will likely not recover; he seems very far gone. Are you interested in Loaches? 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. Is it safe to treat for parasites at the same time? 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. Clown loach skinny disease - 11/09/06 First off, thanks for the wonderful website, I love reading it! If you could give me step by step instructions as to how to sort this out would appreciate it! Aug 17, 2014 #8 Your loach may not even have worms. 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. Another common issue is called Skinny Disease. In more academic circles the term "Chronic Wasting Syndrome" is employed. on it's own pump. You can identify it through the white lesions that form on the fish’s skin. 'Skinny Disease' is a term that is applied to what amounts to 'Chronic Wasting Syndrome'. Q. Fish are initially eating, and behaving normally, but losing weight, and eventually, left untreated, it leads to death. by Vivo » Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:19 pm, Post by shari2 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:21 am, Post The second most common thing that affects loaches is a thing called skinny disease. clown loach skinny disease? This can be diagnosed fairly easily. 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. -- Light is faster than sound... Perhaps that explains why some people appear to be intelligent - until we hear them speak! couple questions. 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. by shari2 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:59 pm, Post 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. Post In this case, as the name suggests, your Clown Loach lose weight dramatically even after being fed fair amount of food. Do you love them? Do you think you might be a Loachaholic? The second issue is regarded as skinny diseases and is an illness that is the internal infestation. 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. 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. Are you interested in Loaches? Do you like them? From what I understand this is a fast paced bacterial disease. Dwarf chain loaches are also susceptible to flukes and worms. Clown loaches are susceptible different kinds of diseases, Ich primarily, but also other parasites, like fin rot and velvet. Could you give me a little info on this disease? by shari2 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:50 am, Post PraziPro or Tetra Parasite Guard seem to be recommenced for a broader spectrum of worms, etc. If your Pond Loach has it, you must quarantine them immediately and provide treatment in a separate tank. The second issue, childishly referred to as 'skinny disease', is most likely an internal, Spironucleus type of infestation. 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!! You can treat the infestation with medication but read the label carefully. What are the symptoms? I've been doing a lot of research myself. Ichthyophthirius (Ich) Clown loaches are susceptible different kinds of diseases, Ich primarily, but also other parasites, like fin rot and velvet. One of the two remaining is also skinny. Once again, look at your purchase source carefully before you bring your fish home. The disease shows itself as a consistent loss of weight, paying little attention to how much nourishment the fish eats. I have 6 clown loach ranging from 1" upto 4". Come learn from our membership's vast experience! They can leach nutrients from the fish, resulting in something aquarists call “skinny disease.” Another, possibly 2, have it now. Loaches, having almost no scales, tend to acquire illnesses easily. Post Skinny Disease. If your clown loach is infected by ich, it might show up certain symptoms like white spots on the body. The term "Skinny Disease" has been around in the hobby for a long time. 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. by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:09 pm, Post 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! They are doing slightly better, I have moved my healthy clown loach into my main tank so he is safe from any parasites. by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:26 pm, Post Final Thoughts: Clown Loach is a funny species that can make an excellent addition to any peaceful community tank. by JWhipple » Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:50 pm, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 48 guests. The forum for the very best information on loaches of all types. 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. by chefkeith » Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:45 pm, Post This is caused by internal parasites and can be treated with medication if used carefully. The very term "Skinny Disease" is improper, it is a symptom. Thank you, thank you, thank you chefkeith! Human epidemics of granulomatous skin disease have occurred from swimming in infected water. Are there any signs to look for to know if your clown loach is sick? I don't see any reference on either medication for "skinny disease" though. 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. So after a bit of research I heard about 'skinny disease', and it appears that may be what is wrong with him. I know clown loaches can stay still for a long time and appear dead, but he didn't look well at all. They were doing great for all that time, plump and happy. There is a skinnyish clown loach in main tank as well. Skinny disease is best treated with a dewormer such as fenbendazole or levamisole. It is also caused by an intestinal parasite. The most common problem you’ll have to deal with is Ich. http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=534. Update: It's a form of parasitic worm that lives in the intestines of … Levamasole seems to be recommended a lot, but it seems to target smaller amount of worm types and not parasites. by mikev » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:35 pm, Post Skinny disease will wipe out all your loaches. Do you think you might be a Loachaholic? We all know that precaution is better than cure. Another major disease that they get hit by is the Skinny Disease. I bought three new clowns all at 2". Watch Queue Queue 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. Is it ok to treat the fish while in a tank with others? The other is I think the same size as when I got him. by shazam26 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:20 am, Post The second illness is known as skinny disease. Praziquental is primarily designed for flukes, and tape worms/nematodes. This forum is for all health-related questions on Loaches and other freshwater fish. Skinny disease is not a disease, being skinny is generally a symptom of an internal issue of one type or another. 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. by shari2 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:04 pm, Post I lost a clown loach that I have had for several months to what I believe was skinny disease last week. I have had three clown loachs for about two years now, one 2", one 3" and one 4". What is skinny disease? As well as following every cure guide on every forum. This disease will usually attack a sore or abrasion … Basically, it’s a parasitic infection. Then you just discovered the greatest community of like-minded people anywhere. This is caused by internal parasites and can be treated with medication if used carefully. This can be diagnosed fairly easily. His breathing seems pretty normal actually. If you search for skinny/wasting disease in loaches there are heaps of forums / sites about it. 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. A lot of newly imported clown loaches are prone to this illness especially the ones that are kept in high concentrations. I wanted to get some more clowns because I thought they would be happier in a larger group. A simple way to diagnose this ailment is watching the clown's eating habits. by Alex... » Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:57 am, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests. First thing one has to do is figure out what the exact issue is, as each medication is designed for specific issues. by Alex... » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:36 am, Post Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:19 pm. The disease causes visible white spots all over the body. has anyone dealt with skinny disease in clown loaches in the uk. He is very skinny and hasn't been gaining any weight at all. Early signs all the way to serious cachexia. I found one treatment that focuses on parasites that manifest with white stringy poop. https://plecoplanet.com/health/how-to-t ... nus-worms/. That's. The chances are that the loaches are already infected with Ich or skinny diseases. The second most common thing that affects loaches is a thing called skinny disease. Clown loaches are also prone to “skinny disease” or “knife back disease.” This results from a protozoan infestation. Ich is a parasitic disease that easily spreads to other fish. Thanks Skinny disease is not always recoverable, and loaches are particularly prone. It’s a highly contagious disease. Do you like them? I have 2 large peices of driftwood. Anyone with pics of fish that you think may have/had skinny disease/CWS please post them here. 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". Looks like all the anti-parasite meds they have specifically state to not use on Loaches or other sensitive fish. Then you just discovered the greatest community of like-minded people anywhere. Watch Queue Queue. Been dealing with a black spot, skin issue over the last couple weeks. This video is unavailable. 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