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Joining the world of Discus
Old 02-22-2011, 01:49 AM   #1
 
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Joining the world of Discus

So I been thinking about it for a VERY long time about getting discus I looked in the search for information about them like what should there ph level be at a LFS said 5.4-6.2 what should the temp be at ? soft or hard water how much lighting , heavily planted tank or? how many to start out with I was told by a LFS groups of uneven numbers like 5, 7, 11, ect I aske dif there small how often i syphon i herd .. ONCE A MONTH..like all of your fish.. yea i wont be buying from you EVER.. i thought

what do they eat bloodworms discus flakes?

what is there best company ?

how many filters to have

if my 75 gallon has been set up for months should i let them float in there bags like i usally do with my fish add some water then let them join in if they look good or should i put them in my 30 gallon and let them sit in there for 4 weeks and see if they get sick ? then add one of my fish from my tank in the 30 and see if anythign happens I have so many questions I just dont know who to turn to I hear so many differnt and i mean WAY DIFFERNT answers

whatever is best for them is what I want I WON'T be rushing into this until i have enough information about them I dont trust pet stores at all since it seems like they just want to sell the fish and dont care for them like the way WE ALL DO :) I would be ordering from kenny I read all the feedbacks about his fish nothing but great ratings :) Please all you Discus lovers help me out!?

including you aunt kymmie if i spelt ur name right hehe
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:02 AM   #2
 
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How big of these fish are you willing to buy? Care requirements vary as the juvenile ones less than 4" in diameter are far more sensitive than the adults. You may need to start raising the juveniles in a barebottom setup with daily water changes and multiple feedings.

Adults are much easier to keep. In your situation with the 75g, you would be better off buying discus that are above 4" in size. They are more expensive but IMO, they're worth it minus the tedious daily water changes that juveniles require to avoid stunting them.

Tank mates must be able to tolerate their required temperature ranging 82 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit. In my discus days, I stick it to 86 degrees. Too warm for most fish unfortunately. You can try combining bristlenose plecos, rummy nose tetras, cardinal tetras and sterbai corydoras with discus. These few ones are tolerant of the discus' required conditions.

As for pH, it is not an issue with domesticated fish. They are quite accustomed to it better than the wild forms. And Jack Wattley also keeps his discus in pH of 8.0 last time I checked, same with mine.

As for foods, that's not really an issue. They will eat just about anything once established in your tank. Flakes, bloodworms, shrimps, the works.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:25 AM   #3
 
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I would buy all aduluts and how can they live in a 5.4 ph? i dont get it lol they had them with angels in a diff tank the discus were BLACK im going to guess they were extreamly unhappy..., with aduluts gravel or sand?
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:24 AM   #4
 
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Well, their natural environment is acidic but domesticated discus should be fine with whatever pH you have with your tap. Buy your discus from reputable breeders only, not the pet stores. You are guaranteed perfectly healthy specimens more easily with reputable breeders.

And some strains of discus particularly those prone to peppering (black pepper spots around the body) such as pigeon bloods should be kept in a light environment meaning light background and substrate. Dark substrate and background only encourage peppering which makes the pigeon bloods look less than appealing. They are also less appealing to serious discus enthusiasts.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:38 AM   #5
 
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oh I really really want the super blue/purple discus I think they are just amazing i could live next to my tank watching them swim around hehe any idea what there name is?
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:14 AM   #6
 
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Blue Diamond and Blue Cobalt are the most common, and variations thereof through crossbreeding with other Types or species.
I agree with Lupin, Purchase your fish through reputable breeder's such as those over at SimplyDiscus.com if you want healthy specimens.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:26 PM   #7
 
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Blue Diamond and Blue Cobalts are the most common, and variations thereof through crossbreeding with other Types or species.
I agree with Lupin, Purchase your fish through reputable breeder's such as those over at SimplyDiscus.com if you want healthy specimens.
+1 on the reputable breeders, get a sub adult size of 4" (at least) and BEFORE you purchase them do your research, and lots of it. I have 2 Blue Diamonds and 1 Cobalt, I agree with you, the blues are beautiful. I have a dark substrate and my pigeon blood is starting to pepper.
I'm in the market for a few more and I will use Kenny over @ Simplydiscus.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:28 PM   #8
 
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PS. If the discus are going into your 75gl you'll have to lose the Columbian tetras, they will outcompete the discus for food and are way too active for the discus.

Actually, looking at your 75gl tank inhabitants you'll have to rehome all of them except for the ram and loach, if you plan on keeping discus in this tank. Is the clown all by himself, with no other clowns for company??
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:32 PM   #9
 
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yea I planned to keep my balloon red eyed tetra there not really agressive when it comes to feeding my loaches I have 2 clown loaches but only the big one is in my 75 2 horse face loaches an 2 weather loaches and my red tailed sharks with the temp so high would it kill my amazon sword mother? and some of my other plants? the columbian tetras have been move a week ago. I have had ICH in this tank before and every now and then it will come back never on my angels only on my lood parrot and the tetra's but i dont want to risk getting ich on my discus what should i do for that?
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:47 PM   #10
 
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I'm in the market for a few more and I will use Kenny over @ Simplydiscus.

You should meet me in the City and I will take you to him:) What fun we would have. I see it now!

I would end up getting Discus and coming home and getting rid of all my current $200 batch of fish. Just for Discus.

Second thought.

Have him ship em.
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