Discusluv great looking fishes.
I am curious, do the old school wild ones we use to get back in the late 80s early 90s have the same sensitivity as the newer captive breat strains? Reason I ask is that I remember as a teen at my parents shop it seemed they were a tad hardier then what people make them out to be now a days. We had a decent size display tank where I would grow some out and we would sell mated pairs occasionally and as some of the oldies would cycle out I added the best looking youngsters from new batches without issue.
Thanks and sorry for straying off subject.
You are not straying of topic at all---
This will, actually, be my first group of wild discus so Im not sure. I do have a male Alenquer F1 ( parents were wild) that is one of the most hearty discus Ive ever had.
I think wild fish (as a rule) are more hearty because they haven't been ( and their parents haven't been) exposed to the chemicals (antibiotics, primarily) that domesticated strains are subjected to.
Also, equally important, they have not been raised in mass market fish farming operations. When raised in close quarters with other fish, these fish are more prone to mycobacteria, columnaris, viral infections, etc...
While wild fish have a tendency to have more parasites- these parasites are relatively easy to recognize and treat for. At least for me, anyways.
I am a bit nervous because these juveniles are wilds- but at 3 inches their immune systems will be starting to get more established and should be good with proper temp ( 86 degrees), high/lean protein ( freeze-dried blackworms and a high quality pellet/flake like New Life Spectrum), a supplimental liquid vitamin 1-2x weekly like Boyds Vitachem and daily water changes.
They come tomorrow.