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02-03-2016 09:40 PM
DavidZ 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 11:38 PM
discuspaul Would really like to see a photo of that tank & fish today. Probably non-existent.
02-02-2016 11:35 PM
shrimpNewbie
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Originally Posted by Tillerjockey View Post
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.
Almost 5 years old...... lol

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02-02-2016 10:38 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 03:37 AM
discuspaul [QUOTE=In.a.Box;1860655]Any info you read online about discus isnt true.
QUOTE]

What isn't true, is that sentence.
05-14-2012 02:15 AM
lipadj46
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Originally Posted by In.a.Box View Post
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.
Get back to us in a year
05-14-2012 01:46 AM
Warlock
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Originally Posted by TWA View Post
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.
yep
05-14-2012 01:41 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.
05-14-2012 12:41 AM
In.a.Box 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 11:55 PM
In.a.Box 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 03:39 PM
TWA 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 03:32 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 03:11 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 02:52 PM
LS6 Tommy
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Originally Posted by snail_chen View Post
Can you believe that I do not have to change the water ( I have over twenty years of tropical fish - but not discus - keeping experience and am an aquatic plant collector and seller) even though I am feeding them beef heart every day. And my plants also grow like weed with so much nutrients in the water column.
Not to be insulting, but your tank will eventually crash. Guaranteed. You MUST do regular water changes. When all you do is add new water you are concentrating all the dissolved solids, any waste pollutants & chemicals left from evaporation. Eventually the tank will be saturated with them & it will just stop "working". Just about no one has yet to keep a perfect self contained biosphere that needs zero water changes...

Can you get away with diminished water changes with a large plant load? Yes. Can you eliminate them? No.

Tommy
05-12-2012 10:16 AM
StrungOut
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Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
Yes, the floaters would probably help do that - although there shouldn't be a need for them if you have a BB tank, are doing large frequent wcs, and have a good sponge filter.

Looking for discus fry in So Cal ? -
Kenny's Discus in Daley City, Ca. is probably one of, if not the best, for discus in the U.S., according to numerous experienced discus keepers on the simplydiscus.com forum. However, don't know if he breeds his own, or has access to good fry from other So Cal breeders - you could check with him, he'll probably know.
He's a very successful, reputable importer of Forrest discus from Malaysia.
Bill @ inland empire discus usually has good fry available and is more local. Seen all his barebottom tanks and they look great. He also sells good beefheart flake a good stable diet.

I got all my Adults from Kenny, they look awesome, I dont' think he sells fry though.
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