Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Just a little advice - please avoid getting your discus from a LFS - usually they're not healthy, good quality discus obtained from a reliable source, and they will more than likely cost you more than getting them from an experienced breeder or importer.
LFS's don't normally have the time, nor the inclination to look after them properly, and generally you will get discus that are prone to stress and resulting health issues.
You're in Calif. - what area ? I can direct you to a top-notch source in Ca.
Only buy your discus from a LFS if they are a known high quality store with experienced people, good clean tanks & routines, and you can definitely get info from them that will satisfy and assure you they get their stock from a quality source.
BTW, it's not hard to tell, is it, that I'm a big proponent/promoter of discus - that's because I've been fishkeeping on & off for well over 50 years, since I was a kid, both fresh & saltwater, and to me, discus-keeping is more satisfying, less costly and less time consuming, than say, a SW tank. And after all, discus aren't called the 'kings of the aquarium' without good reason. LOL