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post #76 of 82 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 10:09 PM
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Yes, I was on a bit of a budget with my discus purchase, would have love to buy 5. I am lucky with the 2 that I have, they've been inseparable. I've seen them display some mating behavior with some twitching and cleaning of this particular piece of driftwood. At least they have each other.

The weird thing is that the pigeon blood will only eat blood worms while the cobalt will only eat flakes. Though I'm happy they're eating, I would love to get them to get on a more varied diet. I tried introducing beef heart, but neither were interested.
well, over at simply Eddie and I are considered cruel because we will starve discus until they eat what WE want them to eat. i tend to go 3 days without feeding them and then introduce the food i want them to eat early in the monring. if they still do not eat that then i siphon it out of the tank and extend the period. do you happen to know how old they are? i ask because they should not be showing mating behaviour so early on. usually if they stick together it might be because they are still adjusting to the tank and are merely hanging with each other because they are scared together. if you have strong light sometimes they get freaked about it and take a while to adjust. with regards to your budget, there are plenty of sponsors over there that can get you quality discus at a good price, one being Kenny Cheung. he carries 3" Blue diamonds sometimes for $22. again, be aware that growing discus in a planted tank is difficult, NOT impossible. using beefheart as your main staple food will be difficult in a planted tank since it makes a mess, especially if it's home-made. but anyway, pm if you'd like to ask more questions. i go by my same sn over at simply.
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well, over at simply Eddie and I are considered cruel because we will starve discus until they eat what WE want them to eat. i tend to go 3 days without feeding them and then introduce the food i want them to eat early in the monring. if they still do not eat that then i siphon it out of the tank and extend the period. do you happen to know how old they are? i ask because they should not be showing mating behaviour so early on. usually if they stick together it might be because they are still adjusting to the tank and are merely hanging with each other because they are scared together. if you have strong light sometimes they get freaked about it and take a while to adjust. with regards to your budget, there are plenty of sponsors over there that can get you quality discus at a good price, one being Kenny Cheung. he carries 3" Blue diamonds sometimes for $22. again, be aware that growing discus in a planted tank is difficult, NOT impossible. using beefheart as your main staple food will be difficult in a planted tank since it makes a mess, especially if it's home-made. but anyway, pm if you'd like to ask more questions. i go by my same sn over at simply.
Thanks for the info! I chose discus Hans cus he ships from MD which is very close to NY, making the shipping very affordable.

I've ready many things about keeping discus. I'm doing 10% water changes (RO/DI) every other day and plan on keeping it up. I don't plan on using beef heart as the staple food, just once a week before water changes.

I'm not sure how old the discus are. I bought them as 3.5+ discus. I feed at the center of the tank where it's easy for me to vacuum uneaten food. I only have 55W of lighting w/ 7 hr photoperiods.
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Thanks for the info! I chose discus Hans cus he ships from MD which is very close to NY, making the shipping very affordable.

I've ready many things about keeping discus. I'm doing 10% water changes (RO/DI) every other day and plan on keeping it up. I don't plan on using beef heart as the staple food, just once a week before water changes.

I'm not sure how old the discus are. I bought them as 3.5+ discus. I feed at the center of the tank where it's easy for me to vacuum uneaten food. I only have 55W of lighting w/ 7 hr photoperiods.
Sounds great. Wrt the water changes, it really depends what you really want in this tank; healthy planted and/or discus. If you want some big discus then 10% wc wont get them that big. I'm aware that you are posting in the planted forum which leads me to believe that the discus are not the primary focal point. Those that have those large discus tend to do large wcs. At one point i was doing 90% daily wcs on my 125. Not fun...
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Sounds great. Wrt the water changes, it really depends what you really want in this tank; healthy planted and/or discus. If you want some big discus then 10% wc wont get them that big. I'm aware that you are posting in the planted forum which leads me to believe that the discus are not the primary focal point. Those that have those large discus tend to do large wcs. At one point i was doing 90% daily wcs on my 125. Not fun...
Yikes, that sounds like a lot of water! I'm not sure my landlord would appreciate that! lol Believe me, if I had the time and place, I would have a barebottom 40G grow out tank for 6 of these bad boys, do 50% water changes daily, while I grow out my display tank.
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One of my GBR pairs already mated! I thought it was weird that a couple of my GBRs were uncharacteristically aggressive to my discus fish! Then I expected the area they were being aggressive and low and behold some eggs!

Kind of hard to see the eggs, but they are the clear bumps on top of the rock. I wished I was there to see them do the dirty.

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Moved the tank, pics

Moved the tank up against the wall, liking the white background, so much cleaner I also stepped up my water changing regimen to 20% daily. :O







Blyxa starting to color up nicely after introducing the diy co2








Cobalt still won't eat blood worms, he's on day 3 of protest. while the pigeon blood is pigging out


Is it just me or is there a demonic looking face on this piece of drift wood?
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That last pic is SCARY

Tank looks awesome

Ha ha, he he! DAncE whEn yoU're HAPppy! He he he! DAnce, danCE, DANCe!

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