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Old 11-21-2010, 09:31 PM   #11
 
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As Byron said, sexing usually needs to be done when they're ready to breed and even then it can be difficult.

Your problem may be related to numbers. If you have one fish that is overly aggressive or dominant you're going to need more than four total; probably at least six. My blue diamond is very dominant and had to be kept separate from the others until I had a total of six. He terrorized the others when there were fewer, but once I had all six he went in with the them just fine. There are too many for him to target just one or two, so his aggression is disbursed.
+1. I wasn't able to tell who was a male/female with my Discus until I was able to actually watch them in the act of spawning.
I also have a Blue Diamond who was a jerk from day one. It wasn't until I increased my Discus numbers to six that he became "tolerable" as far as his tank mates were concerned. When I upped the numbers to eight Discus he became a total ***** cat.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:34 AM   #12
 
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Would keep an eye closely on water parameter's when adding fish .Depending on the size of the volume of water,,(unclear as to size of tank) .Adding fish can increase organics which Discus don't seem to tolerate well. Could also result in larger, more frequent water changes (unclear as to current water change routine).
Will assume the fishes are eating now and no longer listing to one side?
I had opposite problem with a group of Discus I kept. I had a total of seven,(blue cobalt,Red turquoise,Snakeskin, and Brown, but six of the seven would not allow a runt Red Marlboro a moment's peace.
I ended up placing the Red Marlboro in another tank.
Would agree that increasing the number's can help but Discus are Cichlids ,and will behave as such until a pecking order is established. They can be disturbingly rough with one another for an otherwise rather placid species.
Keep the temp warm, and your water clean.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:14 AM   #13
 
Thxs, i had aggressions problem before, i just removed all the discus [4] and put the bag in my other loaches aqua for some time, then again, to their native aqua, let the temps match, and i removed them altogether, and now the aggression problems just vanished..
I guess, will let them, if they breed it will be a plus- :D
Thxs-
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:49 AM   #14
 
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I had opposite problem with a group of Discus I kept. I had a total of seven,(blue cobalt,Red turquoise,Snakeskin, and Brown, but six of the seven would not allow a runt Red Marlboro a moment's peace.
I ended up placing the Red Marlboro in another tank.
I always think of your runt when I watch my "runt". She is the *nastiest* of my group. I suppose that's because she has to be??

To repeat 1077's great advice: Clean water, clean water, and then more clean water, and lots of it, will go a long way as far as successful Discus keeping!
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