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Old 12-10-2006, 11:58 PM   #1
 
Discus in a Community Tank

Folks:

Chris really likes the "looks of" the discus in the image below.

Will these discus grow and enjoy themselves in my community aquarium?

GH is tyically less than 5.
PH is typicaly neutral to slightlty acidic.
Temperature is typically 78F to 80F.
Nitratates are typically less than 15.

The 2nd image is a photograph of my tank with the "air turned on".

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Old 12-11-2006, 12:12 AM   #2
 
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Hi Jones.

Your tank looks a little too small to fit 4 discus. I wouldn't buy one though as discus love the company of their own or even two as two would have dire consequences. As they are cichlids, they might easily squabble with each other.

P.S. Thread moved to Cichlids section.:)
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Old 12-11-2006, 12:07 PM   #3
 
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Originally Posted by Blue
Hi Jones.

Your tank looks a little too small to fit 4 discus. I wouldn't buy one though as discus love the company of their own or even two as two would have dire consequences. As they are cichlids, they might easily squabble with each other.

P.S. Thread moved to Cichlids section.:)
Folks:

The tank is 110G, 30" high, planted with 7 angels (and other community fish).

I anticipate "offloading" 3 angels to a retirement community recreation room aquarium.

"Do you reckon" with the typical water parameters and temperature which I cited that 4 dicus would "do good", grow and be "happy fish"?

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Old 12-11-2006, 01:57 PM   #4
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Discus would not be to happy with that much disruption, keep the water movement to a staeady flow.
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:21 PM   #5
 
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:03 PM   #6
 
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I must be hallucinating. Your angelfish's size makes the tank look smaller.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:17 AM   #7
 
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I must be hallucinating. Your angelfish's size makes the tank look smaller.
TY

Yep: I raised these from dime size.
The large black angel is approximately 6 months old and the zebras are approximately 4 months old.

1) My home made mixtures "really work"!

2) I purchased the 30" high in order to be able to raise angels and discus to full maturity.

3) I have only purchased "juvies" for all my fish as I really enjoy "watching them grow up"!

3) Have some questions for you, Ce and others but need to get ready to go to the office and will post when I get home.

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Old 12-12-2006, 05:02 AM   #8
 
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:28 AM   #9
 
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Originally Posted by crazie.eddie Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:21 pm
What size discus do you plan to buy?
These are 2" but I would prefer quarter size.
http://www.somethingsphishy.com/prod...e79c088d061ebc

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Originally Posted by crazie.eddie Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:21 pm
I know of a person who was successful in growing out discus in a planted tank, but he was the only success as far as I know of.
If I decide to proceed (which is doubtful now) I hope that I will be the 2nd.

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Originally Posted by crazie.eddie Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:21 pm
since discus can be expensive.
The price of these discus pale in insignificance to the overall cost of my "money pit" (Chris also said "I want" which is very, very rare).

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Originally Posted by crazie.eddie Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:02 am
Keep in mind, angels are much more aggressive eaters than discus, even for young or juveniles.
I overfeed but have a significant quantity of biological and mechanical filtration and perform approximately 10% daily WC's.

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Originally Posted by dlil Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:57 pm
Discus would not be to happy with that much disruption, keep the water movement to a staeady flow.
I typically do not "turn on the air" except for brief periods in order to enjoy the bubbles.

OK Folks (some of you will know what this means "I know that I sound like Zeb").
Whadda still think?

Yall have all come up with good thoughts but my original concerns were the GH, most of which is KH, and the lower temperatures (thinking of which a thread may be in order).

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