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Old 08-15-2010, 04:20 PM   #31
 
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:20 PM   #32
 
hey kitten i have a question. my one discus gets really blck lines if im late feeding him. is this normal, or do i have a stroppy fish lol
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:30 PM   #33
 
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hey kitten i have a question. my one discus gets really blck lines if im late feeding him. is this normal, or do i have a stroppy fish lol
late as in how late hoping its not a week lol anyway if he get it like a few hours or minutes late sometimes it's ok.they are living creatures just like humans.say if i give you lunch the same time everyday and one day i'm busy and i feed you later.how would you feel they show discolorations for a lot of reason but if the color turns normal right after they are fine.temperamental discoloration is what i call it.not sure what others call it though. my baby albino and golden fren are the best. the albino cant turn color no mater what cause they don't have color and they are less shy towards me even though they are a 2 inch pair and living in a my tropical guppy tank which is a large playground for them.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:34 PM   #34
 
na not a week lol. sometimes if im working late then its an hour or so late he will have lines lol. once hes fed hes fine lol, n hes terrible for eating my corys pellets blol. but yh i understand what ur saying now, hes so funny
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:39 PM   #35
 
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na not a week lol. sometimes if im working late then its an hour or so late he will have lines lol. once hes fed hes fine lol, n hes terrible for eating my corys pellets blol. but yh i understand what ur saying now, hes so funny

haha if you spook them they go black. just put them in a dark room then on the light.poof they urn black and bang against the tank.( sorry i was a kid and it was my moms fish hehehehe )
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:43 PM   #36
 
lol aww bless um, im glad theres sum one on here with a vast kowledge of discus, through experience n not reading books
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:26 AM   #37
 
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A 24g tank is not adequate for 3 discus unless they are very small fry. And in that case, partial water changes every day would be expected.

Fish continue to grow all their lives. If they are not in adequate tanks throughout, they can develop internal deformities. You may think they are happy, but you do not know that any more than I do.

You also mention goby in with these, I do not think that is appropriate. Goby prefer cooler temperatures than discus can manage.

I agree with Byron, I have raised Discus from size of fifty cent piece to adult size (approx 6 inches),, and unless the fish are quite small ,then 24 gallons with once weekly water change will in my view lead to stunted,possibly (probably),sick fish.
Most who keep juvenile Discus in small tanks do so because the smaller tanks make frequent water changes easier than larger tanks. The Juvenile Discus need several small feedings each day to achieve proper growth ,and these frequent feedings result in organics collecting that must be removed within an hour or two of these feedings in my view, if you wish for the fish to remain healthy. Is also why bare bottom tanks are often used, they make it easier to see collected waste. The water changes also bring necessary trace minerals that help with the fishes development and much of the growth of these fish happens in first eight months.
Discus should also in my view be kept in groups of at least five for as Byron has noted ,and many who raise these fish will also suggest,, they do poorly otherwise.(do best in groups)
A group of five ,Four inch Discus could get by in 55 gallons with twice weekly 50 percent water change and the three to four feedings per day in my view ,but if the fish are any larger,,then 75 gallons to ? would be something I would plan on.

I would also steer clear of most Discus found offered in fish stores, for there are plenty of folks who believe as previous posts in this thread indicate,,, that these particular fish will do well with minimal care and as such,, fish found in stores are often stunted,sick fish , with all manner of parasites and or bacterial pathogens.
I would as recommended earlier in this thread ,look for breeder of these fishes and inquire before purchasing,, what water parameters the fishes have been raised in (ie) pH gh,kh, and temp, and also what foods are the fishes accustomed to.
You will nearly always find healthier stock from a breeder than what is offered in most fish stores.
These fish are not particularly difficult fish to care for if their needs are met, but they are a fish with slightly different needs.
Read all you can find on their care,select the healthiest fishes you can find,and then raise a group of them while practicing what you have learned through your research not from any one source.
Only then can you get an honest feel for whether or not your efforts are rewarded.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:37 AM   #38
 
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dont worry he's discus are still small.he'll know how to re home them when they get big
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:20 AM   #39
 
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dont worry he's discus are still small.he'll know how to re home them when they get big
I'm not worried, I'm not the one caring for them.Just offering basic care needed for this species so that indeed,they get larger as opposed to stunted and sickly.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:09 PM   #40
 
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So I picked up some 1cm discus at a killer price now I don't know what to do to care for them and raise them

Initial plans....

Set temp to 30*C (86F). Is this okay for discus fry?
Add airstone (done)

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Getting a micro worm Culture posted to me and it will arrive on Wednesday morning.
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I have my HOB filter running on low flow. Should I put something on the intake to prevent fry from being sucked in or should I leave it?

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Any advice will be appreciated!

I think I am capable of caring for them. I just need to know If I am doing things right.
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