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04-18-2013 10:26 PM
dkreef
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Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
Good for you. And if you need any help or further info, you know I'd be happy to help out in any way I can. Don't hesitate to call on me if needed.
Thanks paul. I will for sure ask u lots of questions.
04-18-2013 10:25 PM
dkreef Well first i need to cycle the add smaller fish. Then discus time!
04-18-2013 09:33 PM
du3ce Im worried about my sunrise discus hes been hiding in the same spot not eating not doing anything. Im gonna trade everything in my tank to the lfs tommorow for 4 more discus
04-18-2013 07:29 PM
discuspaul
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im going discus!
Good for you. And if you need any help or further info, you know I'd be happy to help out in any way I can. Don't hesitate to call on me if needed.
04-18-2013 07:21 PM
dkreef im going discus!
04-17-2013 02:20 AM
du3ce the hard part is getting them out the tank lol
04-17-2013 02:00 AM
discuspaul
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Originally Posted by du3ce View Post
I have a odysea cfs500 canister filter and a penguin 300 hob. I have 12 cardinals and 8 pencil fish and 4 rainbows i might trade the rainbows and pencil fish for more discus
That's a very good plan if you intend to get 3 or 4 more discus. Do that.
04-17-2013 01:22 AM
du3ce I have a odysea cfs500 canister filter and a penguin 300 hob. I have 12 cardinals and 8 pencil fish and 4 rainbows i might trade the rainbows and pencil fish for more discus
04-17-2013 12:57 AM
GlennR 5 is the normally recommended minimum. Most folks say a 55 is good for 5 or 6. Of course 6 is a lot more of a bio load than 5, so you would really have to be diligent about keeping up with the water quality.

A lot of people use a sump filter, which increases the water volume.
04-17-2013 12:55 AM
discuspaul
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I have a pair of discus in my 55g planted tank my turquoise seems to be abusing my sunrise discus he hides a lot should I get more discus and if so how many?
Unless you get a proven mated pair, keeping 2, 3, or 4 discus is not a good idea - generally results in unwelcome, often serious, pecking order/aggression issues, like you seem to have.
You should get 3 more (or 4 max.) discus to dissipate the aggression, but only if you have no other tankmates in that 55 gal., or just a few - otherwise you may need to reduce the number of tankmates in order to maintain a reasonable bio-load.
04-16-2013 11:54 PM
du3ce I have a pair of discus in my 55g planted tank my turquoise seems to be abusing my sunrise discus he hides a lot should I get more discus and if so how many?
04-16-2013 11:10 PM
discuspaul There is very little risk if one is familiar both with using pressurized CO2 properly, and keeping discus.
If one is new to discus, and does not carefully utilize and control the CO2, there is risk to the discus by way of larger, rapid swings in pH that could occur from the CO2 use, more so than the danger of CO2 overdose per se.
04-16-2013 10:37 PM
dkreef is there a big danger in runing co2 with discus?
can co2 overdose really happen quite often?
04-12-2013 01:53 AM
discuspaul
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Originally Posted by Biomarine2000 View Post
I just got this setup for 140 from a local pet shop. Aquatic Life Light T5 HO 4-Lamp 4-Lunar Aquarium Light, 36-Inch http://amzn.com/B001V95TGY
That sounds like a good lighting set-up for your tank. If the price is right for you, go for it.

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Can someone explain the difference in caring for wild vs tank bred discus? I know the color is different but what about caring?

I also see ones from asia like thailand and singapore and some are hormoned and some are not. Whats difference and pros and cons?
That is a rather difficult question to answer.

Caring for wilds, at least initially, may prove to be somewhat more problematic than caring for domestic farm-bred fish, and dependent on the supplier, what species of wilds, and their size.

Wild discus may or may not have been properly de-wormed, for example, and may carry some pathogens that farm-bred fish would not normally carry, so a bit of a risk there. And they are more disposed to rely upon, as was pointed out in a recent post above, different water quality and conditions than domestics can, and do, readily adopt to.

Overall, I believe it's quite a bit safer to work with domestics, as opposed to wilds, for many & varied reasons. Doesn't mean one shouldn't try it - just expect the potential for a touch more difficulty keeping wilds.

As for farm-bred & raised fish, Malaysia, and Singapore to a lesser extent, are reputed to produce excellent quality fish, whereas Thailand, whether deserved or not, seems to have a current rep for supplying less than top-quality fish, with some breeders being said to use hormones to enhance coloration, etc. - not a desirable practice.
04-11-2013 11:32 PM
Paxx Generally speaking, wild discus properly captured and transported are no more difficult than tank bred IF the water conditions match what they are used too (soft, tannic water with a low TDS count). Wild discus may be preferred by breeders because a broad gene pool is a good thing among other things.

Tank bred Discus generally are adapted to the water conditions the breeder provides. These water conditions may (or may not) match or be "close enough" to a wide variety of local water supplies. This doesn't so much mean that tank bred Discus are hardier but they may certainly be adapted to a more reasonably obtainable water condition (RO/DI etc.).

Know your breeders. Good ones cull the herd well, other can let deformities or other problems slip by.
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