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Old 04-22-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Vid of my new discus in heavily-planted scape


They've been in there for a couple months now, and I really like how things are looking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2085NurXh4
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:38 PM   #2
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Beautiful fish and tank! How's the extra feeding affecting typical planted tank maintenance?
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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Stunning!! That is really great. I love that orange and black discus. Is there a name for that color morph??

Thanks for sharing that
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:58 PM   #4
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nice! you got a like on the vid.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:44 PM   #5
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Beautiful planted tank set-up.

Suggest though, that you keep a close eye on those Otos - it's quite evident they're attempting to get at the discus' slime coats as part of their diet.
As they get larger and more aggressive, they'll likely succeed - particularly at night.
It's happened to me more than once. I won't keep Otos nor SAE's with discus anymore, for that very reason - if nothing else, it gets stressful for the discus continually trying to brush them off.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:13 AM   #6
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Beautiful fish and tank! How's the extra feeding affecting typical planted tank maintenance?

Thanks. When I put them in the extra bioload threw things out of whack. I got a lot of algae, partially I think because all my Amano shrimp went into hiding.

So, I got a few SAEs. The Amanos gradually emerged. I now have a (mostly) algae-free tank again. The balance has been restored.

Other than that, maintenance as usual. WC once a week. Everyone is happy.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:16 AM   #7
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Stunning!! That is really great. I love that orange and black discus. Is there a name for that color morph??



Thanks for sharing that

Fish store guy said he (?) was a red melon, although looking on the Internet most other red melons seem to be red and white instead of red and black.
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Beautiful planted tank set-up.



Suggest though, that you keep a close eye on those Otos - it's quite evident they're attempting to get at the discus' slime coats as part of their diet.

As they get larger and more aggressive, they'll likely succeed - particularly at night.

It's happened to me more than once. I won't keep Otos nor SAE's with discus anymore, for that very reason - if nothing else, it gets stressful for the discus continually trying to brush them off.

Those are SAEs, not Otos. It's distressing to hear they may be bad for the Discus, though, especially because they have done such a good job keeping the tank algae-free with the extra bioload.

Is there anything in particular I should watch out for in terms of deciding the SAE just have to go?
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Those are SAEs, not Otos. It's distressing to hear they may be bad for the Discus, though, especially because they have done such a good job keeping the tank algae-free with the extra bioload.

Is there anything in particular I should watch out for in terms of deciding the SAE just have to go?
Sorry -You're right - got the names mixed up between SAE's & Otos - but both species are not good tank-mates for discus - same as with most Plecos (Except BNP's). They all love the protein in the discus' slime coats.

What you should watch out for is evident right in your video - just re-watch the behavior of the SAE's near the discus @ these specific points in the video: seconds....27-43-49-1.24-1.34, and you should be able to clearly see the intention of the SAE's.
And some day, you'll see the marks left by the sucking activity on the discus' bodies - probably occur at night when the discus are resting/napping.
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Fish store guy said he (?) was a red melon, although looking on the Internet most other red melons seem to be red and white instead of red and black.
Looks like a pigeon blood...a "dirty" one at that, which is why it has so much black on it. Melons, are much more red and with a white face.
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That tank is sick. Very impressive.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:37 PM   #12
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Omg. That's awesome. Are you running co2?

Also did I spy a checkerboard cichlid ?
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Omg. That's awesome. Are you running co2?

Also did I spy a checkerboard cichlid ?
Thanks. Yeah, I'm running pressurized CO2. Pain in the neck in Japan, because you need a special license to get a decent-sized CO2 tank, so people like me use these tiny little ones that need changing every few weeks.

And those are checkerboards in there. My favorite!
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