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My new discus won't eat!
Old 01-29-2007, 03:10 AM   #11
 
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just wondering if those frozen bloodworms worked out for ya.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:47 AM   #12
 
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Not as well as I had hoped, when I pour or place a small amount in the tank and floats down to them (sometimes even hits them on the way through), they just ignore it. But throughout the day I will see them pecking at the substrate. I guess it will just take time for them to get used to me and feel comfortable enough to go after the food?
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:32 AM   #13
 
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yeah probably. It took mine a while before she was comfortable being up front next to the glass when I was feeding. They'll come around.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:00 PM   #14
 
Discus can take a while to adjust. And a healthy discus can go as much as a month without food. Its not good for them though. But watch out for parasite!

When you buy bloodworms, be sure to get the ones that are garenteet parasite free. I get EXCLUSIVLY Hikary Bio-Pure frozen bloodworms.

A good way to get them interested in food is live brine shrimp. But again, you have to watch out for parasites and contaminated water. I do not normally feed mine live brine. Too risky.

Also, I order live California Blackworms for mine as well as the bloodworms. However, EXPECIALLY with blackworms, you want to make sure to get them from a reputable producer who takes care of the worms. I used to get them from an LFS that ordered them from the same place I did. And paid for it the hard way. They did not care for hte worms, and the worms were basically pure bacteria.......

And be very carefull with beefheart. Some of them LOVE it, some of them HATE it, and it can really foul a tank if they don't eat it. Been there, done that, have hte scars to prove it..... Only my wilds with touch the stuff. But thats not saying much. Those pigs eat even flake.......

I currently have 4 adult discus who seem to have paired off (one pair is "praying" to thier breeding slate every day.... but have't gone and done it yet) and 6 wild discus who are medium sized.

If care is taken with the water quality, they are a very rewarding fish to keep. But what I have learned the hardway is that Discus are very sensitive fish. Hexamita is a big worry (I would treat for this in hte whole tank, as many fish carry it and aren't harmed by it, but it will kill discus). Other parasite are a worry. Bacteria is a worry.

I like to give people headsup on some of the pitfalls of keeping discus. After I lost a whole tank of these beautys, I gave up on them for several years before I tried it again. Its going MUCH better this time around.

Hope this helps,
Amanda.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:04 PM   #15
 
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The risk of parasites is why I don't reccomend feeding live foods. I too use the Hikari Bio-pure blood worms. Live food is one of the top means of introducing parasites and thus I always prefer frozen.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:17 PM   #16
 
I agree on the frozen foods for most kinds.

I get the blackworms from California Blackworms, http://www.aquaticfoods.com/ and it costs me $60+ for two pounds every two or three weeks. And the worms have to be washed twice a day, and kept in the fridge in special worm keepers, and are a general pain in the rear. But they are a good food for Discus and Angels if cared for properly. And the fish need variety, and they will only accept certain foods. Very annoying. Of course, I don't have that problem with my wilds. So what does that say about the average captive bred discus? A buncha primadonnas.... Kings they certainly are! Of course, I think that as pretty as my captive breds are, the wilds are just prettier.... and have more personality.

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Old 01-31-2007, 05:53 PM   #17
 
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Yay! I finally witnessed them eat as I poured some blood worms right above them! They actively ate them and are now cleaning up the scraps on the bottom of the tank!
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:08 PM   #18
 
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blood worms always do the trick sooner or later. They particularly like when its raining blood worms
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