Sponges, plastic balls, ceramic tubes and grav...

Sponges, plastic balls, ceramic tubes and gravel are all suitable for aquarium filtration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After my water has aged in my handy 35 gallon bin, it’s time to do a water change.  The instructions on the bottle of PraziPro recommends adding the medication directly to the filter box if possible.  Using a canister filter, it’s not very practical to open it up and apply the meds so I’ve shut off the water intake hose and moved it from the tank to the aging container.  This will suck the water from the container, run it through the filter, and push it into the aquarium.  Since I’m going with this particular route, I’ve medicated the water in the container for the full 90 gallons which will be distributed into the tank.

A single treatment of PraziPro left in the tank for 5-7 days is sufficient according to the directions.  It allows for treatment as necessary but no more than once every three days.  Since it gives no specific instruction on how to account for water changes, I’ll assume I will only need to replace the medication for the amount of water I’m changing out.  I’m nervous about adding more treatment at every third day, but I’m equally as nervous about not doing any water changes for 3 or more days.  We’ll see how it goes.

A shot of our 10 Gallon tank. Hopefully being ...

A shot of our 10 Gallon tank. Hopefully being used as an example of a personal water tank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think it’s also worth mentioning that some of the information I’ve come across recommends giving juvenile discus worm/parasite treatments every 30 days.  Apparently the discus can come in contact with the parasites through their most beloved food… the bloodworm.  From what I’ve gathered, adults are generally capable of warding off or safely dealing with the parasites through their own immune systems… but as juveniles they are more susceptible.  I cannot guarantee how accurate that  information really is, but it sounds legit. . . . besides, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I’ve also come across a bit of information that would indicate discus don’t react well to salt in their water, so starting with this water change I’m phasing salt out of the aquarium.  If this proves to be problematic, the frequency of water changes that discus require will make it easy to re-introduce salt to the tank.

At any rate, the tank has been properly medicated and now I can only sit and wait.

Wish me luck!

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