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Joining the world of Discus
Old 03-01-2011, 05:06 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie View Post
I had never had discus before and when I brought my babies home immediately into a planted tank they went. They were 3" specimens. That being said, if I told you that the time frame from them going from 3" to 4" was one of the most stressful periods of fishkeeping I've ever had would you believe me?? With all the hair pulling I went through it's surprising I'm not bald! I will never do that again nor would I advise anyone else to!! Buy 4" plus specimens (for a planted tank) or go barebottom for anything 3" and under.

Would be sure and ask Kenny what foods the fishes are eating, and would have some on hand when fishes arrive.Would also try and get the fishes interested in a variety of foods rather than one or two.
Would offer new foods BEFORE a water change rather than after, (won't foul the water this way if they don't eat it)
Would place the tank in such a way so that the fishes could see who was entering the room rather than placing the tank around around a corner, where fishes could be startled by sudden appearance of guest's.
Would keep separate set of tools, (ie) bucket's, net's, algae scrapers,syphon for Discus tank and would not use same tools in all tanks.
Would have lights on timer, and would stick with this duration (no frequent lighting changes ).
Would feed fishes at same time each day, and would not leave food out where other's could feed also.
Would absolutely quarantine all fish for minimum four weeks before placing them in tank with your Discus.
Lastly,, when in doubt,,water change!
Have no doubt that Kenny will provide you with healthy fishes and their health, will be directly related to the care you provide.Read all you can on these fish.
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