|The FAQ actually contains more detail than we have here!|
See also the diseases of dwarf cichlids topic in the Apisto section.
I highly recommend reading Dionigi Maladorno's Symtom-based treatment article on the Discus-L website.
For your confusion: You might also consider Algae a disease; we think of it as a plant. :) You might also think of hydra and other pests as diseases too; we think of them as Animals. It's a nutty filing system, but it's all we got!
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