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  1. Designs in clay plants
    06-18-2017 02:16 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi! discus Paul. I am still enjoying my 75 gal tank more than I could have ever imagined. I healed from my left knee surgery (OK) but still need to have the right knee done hopefully this fall. I almost got some discus in but thought it wise to wait until this last surgery is over with so I don't have to have rely on a caretaker for the fish who may not quite understand the fish needs (not that I would either necessarily) but am still very anxious to get my first discus fish. Here is a recent photo of the tank. I think the reactor works very well with the canister system. Am thinking of possibly upgrading my Wave pump to a smaller unit (supposed to have lots of power) not inexpensive however - SicceXstream-E Wave Pump made in Italy. Best wishes and thanks for all the helps along the way.
  2. discuspaul
    01-24-2017 07:24 PM - permalink
    Hi Ed - No bother at all - always glad to help if I can.
    I can't recall how many discus you have, what size they are,
    where you got them. And also if your tank planted or not -

    Is that discus eating at all ?

    Just off the top of my head for now, it sounds like a water quality problem, and wcs only every 3 or 4 days usually doesn't cut it - .
    What quantity/percentage of water do you change with wcs ?
    Also, perhaps your tank cleansing routine isn't quite what it should be. These things can affect water quality.
    If the situation continues, you should consider isolating that fish in a small bare-bottom tank for a week or so, with large daily wcs, to see if his condition improves and he eats.
    Let me know the answers to the above questions if it's not too much trouble.
  3. Doogy262
    01-24-2017 04:58 PM - permalink
    Hi Paul,really hate to bother you but have a problem with one of my discus.I know it is not possible to diagnose the problem from a 500 miles away but any input will be great.
    The problem is it looks like his fins are rotting away and he is a little thin.Other than that he seems normal but not always eating like the others.I've observed them hours at a time and have never seen any attacks on his fins just the usual posturing and pushing around that they all do.I can't download pics so am sending you my email so if you want you can email me and i can send pics.I have researched and the only real suggestions are more water changes so am doing 50% water changes every three or four days.again thanks for your time Ed
  4. joce30
    08-29-2016 02:37 AM - permalink
    (part 2 of 2)

    I do have a walstad system, topped of with eco complete. My water is 3/4 RO-DI and 1/4 tap water, so my KH is aound 3 and GH 8. I do a 40% water change each week. I have a filter suited for a 160 gallons aquarium, with no chemical fitration (only mechanical and a lot of bio filtration).

    My discus are juvenile ranging from 2 inches to 4 inches. I have actually 6 of them. I feed them by automatic feeding 3 times a day with high quality fakes and a couple of time a week, I give them bloodworms, brine shrimps or beef heart mix.

    They do not grow and they are often kind of dark. Once and a while, one dies, usually from hexamita (I see the white feces, and they start losing weight).

    For the record, I have some cardinal tetras and hatchet fish and they are doing extremely well.

    So, would you have some advice for me ? If you need other information, don't hesitate.

    Thanks a lot.
  5. joce30
    08-29-2016 02:36 AM - permalink
    (part 1 out of 2)


    My name is Jocelyn and I saw that you seem to be pretty expert with discus. I have a planted tank with discus in it and I pretty much always some kinds of problems with them.

    I lost quite a lot of juvenile discus, from mistakes ou because of severe bullying leadin to stress and mainly hexamita. Recently, I saw that my discus had fin rot, since a lot of them had their fins kind of eated.

    The problem is that my aquarium is really high tech and my water perimeters are solidly stable. At one point (like 8 months ago), I even had a lot of spawning between a pair and some fish were growing slowly.

    I have an 80 gallons tank. My ammonia and nitrites are at zero since the begining and my nitrates are always below 5. My phosphates are low and my water is at 28 celcius. I have co2 injection, so pH is maintained between 6,45 and 6,5 (I own an Apex neptune system). There are some ph spike in the morning, but by spikes I mean... 6.6.
  6. Designs in clay plants
    08-09-2016 07:11 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul. I am back at the studio a bit with short trips. My total to the left knee went very well but still have a significant amount of pain yet and more recovery time. Brother Louie has kept the tank very well. It went through some kind of darkening? no algae though and crystal clear water. It probably could use a WC to clear up the lighting effect but won't do that just now and all the water perimeters check out OK anyway. I think I can safely go to a bit longer hours of lighting now that the plants are taking off. The waterlily has gone to town. I also need to learn how to take better photos to avoid all the glare but have to study up on that methods etc. On the mend here.
  7. Designs in clay plants
    06-05-2016 05:13 PM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    trying a photo send again of the 75 gal . Finally got it to work here. Sorry about that.

  8. discuspaul
    05-25-2016 02:02 AM - permalink
    You need to add more ammonia than that. Try a teaspoonful, wait a few minutes, then test & see what it registers. Add more if need be, to get a reading of 3-4 ppm's. You'll soon get the feel of how much, or how much less, you need to put in, to maintain a daily reading of 3-5 ppm's. It's not rocket science.
  9. Designs in clay plants
    05-25-2016 12:50 AM - permalink
    Designs in clay plants
    Hi Paul,
    I have the 75 gal. tank filled and circulating with the Aquatop- last night... and this morning we put the amonia in - one drop per gallon ratio. Today I took two amonia readings and the water is clear? I have the canister set up with bio-balls, removed the charcoal, and have purigen in a bag at the upper most tray. Shouldn't I begin to see some color on the test files, or perhaps I just need to add a bit more increments at a time and try and get the reading of 4 or 5 ppm. The white sand looks nice and I have the heater going as per your information for beginning to cycle the tank.
  10. discuspaul
    05-20-2016 09:42 PM - permalink
    I've mixed warm & cold tap water for many years for tank fills or for water changes, and never ran into a bit of a problem, or even a small concern. If your Fargo fish people have no problem with that either, that doesn't surprise me, because while younger I lived & kept tropical for years in Winnipeg (where I was born & raised) & I would imagine the 'Peg water was not dissimilar to North Dakota water.
    So I really think you needn't be concerned.

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    Retired - been keeping fresh & saltwater tanks, on & off, for over 40 years
    British Columbia, Canada
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04:38 PM - Dman911 mentioned discuspaul in post Thinking about getting some discus but...
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07:57 PM - Dman911 mentioned discuspaul in post Pool Filter Sand
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09:34 PM - discuspaul quoted Dman911 in post Thinking about getting some discus but...
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nice tank. are those LED...
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05:27 PM - Bunsen Honeydew quoted discuspaul in post Pool Filter Sand
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07:34 PM - discuspaul quoted Bunsen Honeydew in post Pool Filter Sand
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03:17 PM - discuspaul quoted ichthyogeek in post Discus Not Eating ? -Orange peel as an appetite stimulant ?
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02:24 AM - DigityDog70 quoted discuspaul in post No This is not Green Beer Folks
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