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Old 02-24-2011, 02:16 AM   #11
 
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how often do you guys cycle your discus tanks?
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:04 AM   #12
 
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how often do you guys cycle your discus tanks?
You should only need to cycle a tank once.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:43 AM   #13
 
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oh lord idk why i said cycle LOL !! i was reading soooo many differnt post today i ment syphon how many times do you guys syphon your tanks a week LOL!! oh lord
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:58 AM   #14
 
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[quote=Plumkin;600174]oh lord idk why i said cycle LOL !! i was reading soooo many differnt post today i ment syphon how many times do you guys syphon your tanks a week LOL!! oh lord[/quote


I raised a group of juvenile Discus approx quarter size, over a sand bottom tank and changed water 50 percent, three times a week and vaccumed the sand each time to remove waste laying on top.
In hindsight,, I should have raised the young Discus in bare bottom tank until they were at least six months old. Would have been much easier to see and remove waste and smaller tank for juveniles would have been easier with respect to water changes. My tank was 80 gallons and was also inhabited by a pair of german blue rams,approx eight sterbai cory's,and five or six Kuhlii loaches.
After a year,I performed once a week water change of 50 percent and vaccumed the bottom which by this time, I had switched from sand to gravel.
Juvenile Discus do much /most of their growing in first six months and require several (at least three) small feedings per day to achieve good growth.
It is the several small feedings per day that give rise to the need for frequent water changes to help keep water quality at optimum condition and cleaning the bottom,, whether it be bare bottom, or otherwise, is also needed for same reason. you do not want food or poop laying about in the tank .
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:44 AM   #15
 
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oh lord idk why i said cycle LOL !! i was reading soooo many differnt post today i ment syphon how many times do you guys syphon your tanks a week LOL!! oh lord[/quote


I raised a group of juvenile Discus approx quarter size, over a sand bottom tank and changed water 50 percent, three times a week and vaccumed the sand each time to remove waste laying on top.
In hindsight,, I should have raised the young Discus in bare bottom tank until they were at least six months old. Would have been much easier to see and remove waste and smaller tank for juveniles would have been easier with respect to water changes. My tank was 80 gallons and was also inhabited by a pair of german blue rams,approx eight sterbai cory's,and five or six Kuhlii loaches.
After a year,I performed once a week water change of 50 percent and vaccumed the bottom which by this time, I had switched from sand to gravel.
Juvenile Discus do much /most of their growing in first six months and require several (at least three) small feedings per day to achieve good growth.
It is the several small feedings per day that give rise to the need for frequent water changes to help keep water quality at optimum condition and cleaning the bottom,, whether it be bare bottom, or otherwise, is also needed for same reason. you do not want food or poop laying about in the tank .
oh neat! so you know my 75 gallon is a community tank right now with angels and everythin elsa and plants and i syphon once a week not being super clean so my plants have some extra poo to eat off of an there now growing amazingly! so for discus you gotta be extreamly tidy the ways i clean wouldn't work ?
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:58 AM   #16
 
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Have you already decided how big of discus you plan to buy?
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:07 AM   #17
 
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oh neat! so you know my 75 gallon is a community tank right now with angels and everythin elsa and plants and i syphon once a week not being super clean so my plants have some extra poo to eat off of an there now growing amazingly! so for discus you gotta be extreamly tidy the ways i clean wouldn't work ?
You might get away with once weekly water change with Adult Discus but not with juveniles unless you don't mind stunted,possibly sick, oblong or mis-shaped fish.Many of the fish you curerntly have in 75 gallon would have to go. Some would easily out compete the Discus for food ,others would stress the Discus who don't appreciate a lot of active fishes darting about the tank or swimming into their resting areas while lights are off and fishes are sleeping/resting, and others would find the temps needed for Discus uncomfortable.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:31 AM   #18
 
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You might get away with once weekly water change with Adult Discus but not with juveniles unless you don't mind stunted,possibly sick, oblong or mis-shaped fish.Many of the fish you curerntly have in 75 gallon would have to go. Some would easily out compete the Discus for food ,others would stress the Discus who don't appreciate a lot of active fishes darting about the tank or swimming into their resting areas while lights are off and fishes are sleeping/resting, and others would find the temps needed for Discus uncomfortable.
+1, a thousand times +1. If you go with juvies you will have to feed at LEAST three times a day, preferably five. As I posted earlier most of the fish you have currently in the tank would have to be rehomed to another tank. I once attemped to keep a community tank of discus but after one week knew it was a no go so I set up a second tank in order to remove the inappropiate tankmates. If you want this endeavor to be successful it would be great if you could heed the advice of others on this topic. I'd hate to see you spend all that money to end up with less than healthy fish due to inadequate housing and maintenance.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:50 PM   #19
 
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I will be getting Aduluts sizes 4.5 inch - 6inch the only fish that will be in the 75 gallon when i get them will be the discus , the loaches and the rams i seen many many many people with angels with there discus and my angels are to AGGRESIVE! plus i got a possible spawning pair so my 55 gallon tank will be put in the living room and thats were the community tank will be as my 75 gallon will be moved ot my bedroom just for the discus rams loaches and 2 plecos not sure if i want my plecos with them either I really want my balloon red eye'd tetra's with my discus there very calm fish they dont nip at anything and there not aggresive eaters but i think to start the discus with less fish in the tank would be better for them I will syphon 2-3 times a week I been thinking about getting juvs just because I love to watch fish grow and I dont have to pay for my water here so doing dailys syphons wouldn't be a problem but I WOULD start with a barebottom if i did get juvs this will be an new aventure which im excited about! with how clean my tank is and how happy i see my other fish when its cleared out i think my discus will be so happy :) I will always update this letting you guys know what fish I do end up getting Im in no rush to get them because the more info the better and 500-600.00 is alot to throw down on these pretty lil monsters, If kenny gets some blue diamonds that I reallly want then I'll probly order in march, I will make sure my 75 gallon is cleared out of the fish and stable before i buy any, do they like those? undergravel filters? that
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:21 AM   #20
 
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I would not use under gravel filter with Discus. I would not use one with anything, actually. You really won't need one because you are going bare bottom, right?

IMO, I would highly recommend you do so ~ until you get the basics of keeping these awesome fish.

Pop over to Simply and read. Read and read some more. Especially, the Disease and Illness section ~ And learn.

I am jealous!
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