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Keeping roselines with discuss

I currently have a school of 6 roseline sharks, 1 black ghost knife and 2 bristlenose plecos I would like to start keeping discuss from what I understand they prefer higher temps I currently keep my tank at 79 degrees with a ph of 6.6 could I keep discuss? If I raised the temp would my other fish be okay?
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Roselines - Denison's Barb - are beautiful fish, and while possibly some may have successfully kept them with discus, I would rather doubt they would be compatible tank-mates for discus.
They are very active, fast-moving fish that can become quite aggressive over food, and even though I haven't personally kept them with discus, I believe they would tend to stress discus, intimidate them, and out-compete them for food.
They also prefer cooler temps - 76-79 and discus will not tolerate, over the long term, temp under approx 82 F and still remain healthy & thriving.
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Thanks that's kind of what I was thinking but I was just curious to know if someone that has successfully done it for a long period of time. They are my two favorite fish and un fortunately my girlfriend has drawn the line and I can't have any more tanks. I guess I will just wait another 5 years for the roselines To pass
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Funny you should ask. I just saw this video in the "youtube" thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UckghOmPoCk&lr=1

Obviously this person is keeping them together.

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Yes, and Jose Cardona is not only an expert photographer, but also an experienced discus-keeper, and knows what to watch out for.
I was aware that some discus-keepers had been successful keeping Denisons with Discus, and Jose is obviously one of them.
But I certainly wouldn't recommend that a newbie to discus try to do that.
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Well if he can do it why cant I I my be somewhat new to fish keeping but I have always challenged myself I guess I will just have to try it
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Well Seth, go ahead if you feel that confident. And good luck.
My recommendation to new discus-keepers is to get a few months' of experience with discus' behavior before moving on to even borderline potential troublesome situations they may live to regret.
Keep a close watch on them - but signs of stress in discus can be hard to detect, and before you know it, you could be faced with sick discus. That's my .02, and I'm a positive guy generally, not a nay-sayer.
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Is there any advice you can give me I always do lots of research before buying fish especially higher priced sensitive fish any advice would be great the biggest issue I'm encountering is the temp issue my tanks always have perfect levels I don't even let my nitrites get over 10ppm
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I think the temperatures are just too off for long term health of the barbs.
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u do not need to keep discus at such high temps. they are fine at 82 degrees. roseline do prefer cooler temps. but they are fine in higher temps. just make sure u have lots of current and air tho. higher temps the more current and air u need.
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I do agree that oxygenation is key, the dissolved oxygen available at warmer temps is really the limiting factor with a species like the barbs.
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Is there any advice you can give me I always do lots of research before buying fish especially higher priced sensitive fish any advice would be great the biggest issue I'm encountering is the temp issue my tanks always have perfect levels I don't even let my nitrites get over 10ppm
Well Seth, since you asked, it may help you to have a read of my Beginner's Guide to Getting Started with Discus, located here as a Sticky in the 'Fish' section.
Have a look, and when you've digested it all, I'd be vey happy to answer any further questions you might have.
Regards & best of luck with discus.
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With the higher temps and more oxygen, would that have an affect on my c02 levels
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Hard question to answer - it may, but not to any significant degree I would believe - depends on how much oxygen is going in to the tank by whatever means, and for how long each day, and what your BPS level of CO2 is maintained at, and for how long each day.
Point to be made here is that anyone getting started with discus for the first time should try to keep things as simple as possible for the first while - until reasonable experience is gained with keeping discus - and that could mean avoiding a high-tech CO2 environment - which could create problems for discus with altering pH levels as one example, among other things.

Best advice when keeping discus (expensive fish) is the focus should be on keeping the discus healthy & happy - nothing else - maintenance of a favourable planted tank environment should be a very low secondary goal.
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I've got into planted tanks years ago because I saw this Amano tank pic:



Funny enough, that pic also started me on dreaming of keeping discus! A long story short: I've been keeping a planted tank at discus levels (83F, 6.2pH, 3-4 KH, 3 GH, etc..) for years now and I still don't have any discus. I did alot of research and forum lurking (simplydiscus) and realized that they are more work than I want to put in right now. For some reason I still keep my tank at discus levels. Kinda weird. I must secretly think I'll get some one of these days since I'll already have a nice home for them.

Maybe when I retire in 25 years.

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