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