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Old 01-21-2012, 08:47 AM   #11
 
I do love Discus, they have a few tanks of them in my LFS and they are just stunning! As Tazman said, they take a lot of work to look after and while i dont mind that i just dont want to get it horribly wrong! Up to date i have only ever cared for Guppies, Fantail Goldfish, Cory cats and Gouramis so jumping up to such a difficult to care for fish doesnt seem like a good idea. Although it is very tempting
Yay im glad! My researching has paid off lol
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:23 AM   #12
 
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I do love Discus, they have a few tanks of them in my LFS and they are just stunning! As Tazman said, they take a lot of work to look after and while i dont mind that i just dont want to get it horribly wrong! Up to date i have only ever cared for Guppies, Fantail Goldfish, Cory cats and Gouramis so jumping up to such a difficult to care for fish doesnt seem like a good idea. Although it is very tempting
Yay im glad! My researching has paid off lol

I was "new" for the most part, when I attempted Blue Rams. I know they are rated as "difficult" but so far they've done well, even spawned. So, if you are committed to caring for them, and keeping them in the soft acidic water etc., I think you could do Discus. They are very expensive, so a drag if they die, however. Something to think about. Beautiful fish!

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:52 AM   #13
 
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Agreed on Discus being stunning fish. If you are prepared to keep up with the maintenance then there is no reason to not keep them.

By the sound of things you do that, getting fish to spawn in a tank usually is a very good indication that they like the conditions they are in and are healthy.

What ever you decide to get, please keep us informed and ask any questions you may have.

Best of luck in your new fish.

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:58 AM   #14
 
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Im trying to work out stocking for my 5ft long bow front tank, holds about 450litres. Id like to have a community of American Cichlids, ive found some i think may be good together but im new to Cichlid keeping so i need advice. Will any of these live well together, if so how many, what male to female ratio would you reccomend?

Rainbow cichlid
Firemouth Cichlid
Bolivian ram Cichlid
Severum Cichlid
Lemon Drop Cichlid
Parrot Cichlid
Keyhole Cichlid
Flag Acara Cichlid

Also would any catfish live with them? I was thinking a common Plec, i love Cory cats but i dont think they would do well.
I also havent kitted it out yet so reccomendations for filters and such is much appreciated :D
Thank you!

Could someone tell me how you introduce yourself on here. I have tried 2 times and can't seem to find my posts...thanks so much
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #15
 
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Could someone tell me how you introduce yourself on here. I have tried 2 times and can't seem to find my posts...thanks so much
You need to select the category you're going to post in. Off topic, freshwater aquarium, fish disease etc., and select "new thread". Put a title and type a message, than hit "submit".

Welcome! Hope this helps!

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Old 01-21-2012, 11:22 AM   #16
 
Why must you tempt me so? im going to do more research on them. The thing ive read is that they need a mature tank, mine is of course not mature. I will be transferring water, gravel, plants along with a filter into the tank from a tank that has been running for 5 months with fish in (these fish will be moving to another tank when i empty it) i figured this is the best way to kick start my new tank. How long would you guys think i need to wait to add discus?
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