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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 01:55 AM
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I have a pair of discus in my 55g planted tank my turquoise seems to be abusing my sunrise discus he hides a lot should I get more discus and if so how many?
Unless you get a proven mated pair, keeping 2, 3, or 4 discus is not a good idea - generally results in unwelcome, often serious, pecking order/aggression issues, like you seem to have.
You should get 3 more (or 4 max.) discus to dissipate the aggression, but only if you have no other tankmates in that 55 gal., or just a few - otherwise you may need to reduce the number of tankmates in order to maintain a reasonable bio-load.
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5 is the normally recommended minimum. Most folks say a 55 is good for 5 or 6. Of course 6 is a lot more of a bio load than 5, so you would really have to be diligent about keeping up with the water quality.

A lot of people use a sump filter, which increases the water volume.
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I have a odysea cfs500 canister filter and a penguin 300 hob. I have 12 cardinals and 8 pencil fish and 4 rainbows i might trade the rainbows and pencil fish for more discus
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I have a odysea cfs500 canister filter and a penguin 300 hob. I have 12 cardinals and 8 pencil fish and 4 rainbows i might trade the rainbows and pencil fish for more discus
That's a very good plan if you intend to get 3 or 4 more discus. Do that.
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the hard part is getting them out the tank lol
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im going discus!
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im going discus!
Good for you. And if you need any help or further info, you know I'd be happy to help out in any way I can. Don't hesitate to call on me if needed.
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Im worried about my sunrise discus hes been hiding in the same spot not eating not doing anything. Im gonna trade everything in my tank to the lfs tommorow for 4 more discus
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Well first i need to cycle the add smaller fish. Then discus time!
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Good for you. And if you need any help or further info, you know I'd be happy to help out in any way I can. Don't hesitate to call on me if needed.
Thanks paul. I will for sure ask u lots of questions.
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