02-28-2008, 07:00 PM
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I started my Discus tank when I saw an add on Craigslist selling babies for $10 each...about 1.5 inches long. How could I pass that up?
I bought 5 of them and put them in a 29 gallon tank with 5 Khuli loaches, 5 Otos, and about 15 neons.....lots of plants and wood...all lights, air pumps, etc on timers, even the blue nightlight.
I change 50% of the water weekly using R/O water with CO2 and fertilizers added...and being in SoCal, I only need a heater a couple of months per year...it's actually too hot this week even (maybe). I don't have a chiller.
I don't feed beefheart, etc. Only chiclid pieces and occasional dried bloodworms and tubiflex worms and whem I'm feeling real generous, I'll hatch some live brine shrimp...which only the neons seem to like.
After about 9 months, I had 3 left (two died once each on two separate week-long vacations I took. I don't have proof, but I think it was a "dominance" thing. I honestly believe they noticed I wasn't around and the autofeeder was on and took it as a cue to go feral), but those three are now up to 5 inches long and two were moved to a 60 gallon tank. The one I left behind would have been the "next" one to go should I go on vacation, he is about 3.5 inches long. Plus I knew they needed more space and took it as an excuse to buy a larger tank.
Long story short. If you keep them in a large enough tank, and keep the water clean often, and don't put in agressive tank mates, you should do fine....plants, rocks, wood, etc shouldn't be a problem unless it prevents you from keeping the water clean...