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|02-03-2016 08:40 PM|
I second what Paul said, lets see.
Lets be honest here, the trick is to raise the discus from dime to 8 inched in the 55gl, I love magic.
Then we go into quality of stock, not all discus are created equal.
Plus skimping on water changes, is impossible.
With discus you get what you pay for, and the work you put in.
That is why most will buy from reputable source.
It's simple if you do not want to put in the work, don't get discus.
If you want to get them to 8 inches in 55GL, stop dreaming.
There is no magic to growing discus, its simple, don't cut corners.
If you want to take it easy, get 4.5inch plus from someone like Kenny and a large tank with extra filtration, have a drink and enjoy.
You can even put them in an established planted tank.
By the way Bill has one of the best beef flake on the market, no joke!
|02-02-2016 10:38 PM|
|discuspaul||Would really like to see a photo of that tank & fish today. Probably non-existent.|
|02-02-2016 10:35 PM|
Originally Posted by Tillerjockey View Post
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|02-02-2016 09:38 PM|
|Tillerjockey||I don't find my discus to be any more or less challenging than any other fish. I was afraid to try them but finally decided to go ahead. I've got 6 in a heavily planted 55 gallon tank with some guppies and assorted tetras. All get along. I really like them.. they look great and like to interact with me when I'm near the tank. Feeding them is also fun. Most of the time they get flake food, but once a week or so I give them frozen blood worms as a treat. They also forage and seem to eat algae or some other plant material. My tank is at 76 degrees, pH = 7.5. Nitrates less than10. I only change about 10% of my water twice a year, just because I think I should. hardness is around 5-6. If you have good plants and a good thick substrate, I don't think frequent water changes are required. They seem happy. I'm going to go to 150 gallon tank so I can get more discus. I got mine from Mac's on line. They were very customer friendly with excellent communication and the fish arrived in a heated container, healthy and fresh. It took them a few days to get over the stress of being in a new tank but they finally started to eat and have been a delight to have. I also had a power outage this winter and the temp dropped to 62 degrees in the tank before the power came back on. All the fish survived nicely.|
|05-14-2012 02:37 AM|
[QUOTE=In.a.Box;1860655]Any info you read online about discus isnt true.
What isn't true, is that sentence.
|05-14-2012 01:15 AM|
Originally Posted by In.a.Box View Post
|05-14-2012 12:46 AM|
Originally Posted by TWA View Post
|05-14-2012 12:41 AM|
|TWA||Man you gotta change more than 50% weekly. That ain't cool. Like cleaning your room once a year as a kid, stuff gets dirty.|
|05-13-2012 11:41 PM|
Any info you read online about discus isnt true.
Mostly the part where it say keeping discus is hard.
I'm going to grab 6 super red from the same person in a couple week.
|05-13-2012 10:55 PM|
I got my 3 discus from the same person. He sent me 4
For $30 shipped that's a real deal.
I keep my discus in tap water with a ph of 6.5
Kh n gh at 4-5 drop.
I dose npk +fe, water change 50% a week.
Feed them 2 cube DIY beef heart food, 3 time a day.
I have 1 7inch black ghost, 1 catfish. 6 rummy nose, 6 cory, 2 Otto.
|05-13-2012 02:39 PM|
I will toss this out here because I feel like it should be said, dime-quarter size discus is a little small for a beginner. You can do it, but they're much less forgiving about errors, and there's so much more you can do (or not do) to mess up their growth for the rest of their lives.
I would suggest buying like 2.3-3 inch discus, then just do a lot of water changes and feeding and wham bam you've got good discus.
Also, a 55 is small in my opinion, I'm sure you'll agree when they get to adult size. 7 fish that can be six to eight inches in a 55 with plants is a little crammed, a 75 is much more suitable.
|05-13-2012 02:32 PM|
|lipadj46||I was the op on this thread about a year ago so will give my 2 cents on raising young discus. Out of the 7 Joe gargas discus I started with 3 are alive at 5" and of the 6 stendkers I started with 3 are alive at 6" (one just jumped to death last week). I have done daily water changes since I got them and still they found interesting and varied ways to die from columnaris to flukes to flagellates to jumping. Now that I am experienced and have made all the mistakes, I can raise up juvies without deaths and can deal with the regular issues quite easily. But still they will keep you on your toes|
|05-13-2012 02:11 PM|
|Quesenek||They aren't Challenging per se but the challenge being that you have to take care of them daily without fail until they grow into adults.|
|05-13-2012 01:52 PM|
Originally Posted by snail_chen View Post
Can you get away with diminished water changes with a large plant load? Yes. Can you eliminate them? No.
|05-12-2012 09:16 AM|
Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
I got all my Adults from Kenny, they look awesome, I dont' think he sells fry though.
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