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im a beginer when it comes to this recently i saw some very nice smaller discus arouynd 4.5 inches in an acuatics supplyer for only 35 pounds rather than the norm of 75+ i hear they need very soft water is this true? i emailed them and they said they are in RO water (reverse osmossis i gess?) could i have a pair in my tank of normal water it has lots of plant cover drift wood and i add blackwater extract.. other inhabitents are 2 dwarf gourami 2 ancistrus 3 clown loach 4 platy's and 2 african butterfly fish i have a small secind tank so if any may need moving could be done they would be in a 3 foot tank?


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I've kept discus for a little over 2 years now in a planted community tank, but I am definitively not a expert. Discus can be picky fish, but most modern captive bred discus can survive in a wider range of water, especially if your getting pretty large juveniles. I'm not sure how hard your water is I think you should be fine. First thing you should do is look over at simplydiscus.com and read up on what to look for to make sure the discus you are buying are healthy. If they are healthy 4.5" fish, that is a really good deal.

Discus are a very social fish and should be kept in groups of 5-6+. I have had bad experiences when I had a group of 3. A 3 foot tank is in my opinion pretty small for a school of discus.

Since you have a smallish tank, you might want to move some of your fish. I would recommend removing the clown loaches since they are very active and may scare or stress the discus. Also not sure if you know this, but clown loaches get big, VERY big (12+ inches) so you will have to re-home them eventually. Another thing you may want to consider is some ancistrus species, especially the more omnivorous/carnivorous ones, will sometimes get a taste for discus slime coat and feed on them at night when the discus sleep.

Again, I am by no means an expert, and as with everything in this hobby your milage may vary.


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im a beginer when it comes to this recently i saw some very nice smaller discus arouynd 4.5 inches in an acuatics supplyer for only 35 pounds rather than the norm of 75+ i hear they need very soft water is this true? i emailed them and they said they are in RO water (reverse osmossis i gess?) could i have a pair in my tank of normal water it has lots of plant cover drift wood and i add blackwater extract.. other inhabitents are 2 dwarf gourami 2 ancistrus 3 clown loach 4 platy's and 2 african butterfly fish i have a small secind tank so if any may need moving could be done they would be in a 3 foot tank?


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May I ask why you've started 2 separate threads on this same subject ?
Some of the advice Solid gave you above is the same advice I gave you on your other thread, to which I haven't yet seen a response from you.
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my tank is still cloudy from the baby shrimp my friend came over and to put the stuff in to make it clear but its not helping what should i do? the cloudyness is from the baby shrimp which i have to grind up and feed it to my guppies (which when i am out today i wiill get some flake food for them).
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my tank is still cloudy from the baby shrimp my friend came over and to put the stuff in to make it clear but its not helping what should i do? the cloudyness is from the baby shrimp which i have to grind up and feed it to my guppies (which when i am out today i wiill get some flake food for them).
Not sure what this has to do with discus? The water will clear up after a while and baby guppies don't need special food...they can eat flakes for future reference.

Now let's get back to discus.
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50% water change daily..

don't need RO.. straight TAP water is fine..

make sure you have a good water conditioner that removes ammonia.. not just chlorine..
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LOL.. this thread..
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50% water change daily..

don't need RO.. straight TAP water is fine..

make sure you have a good water conditioner that removes ammonia.. not just chlorine..
warlock, I didn't know you were here lol
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Warlock, be careful how you tread- several(but not all) people on this site look down on you if your a member on simplydiscus and know your stuff..
don't know what you are talking about..
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Uh hu haha, you can only say so much.
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