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post #1 of 11 Old 07-26-2014, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Can I put these two together?

I've set up quite a few fish tanks, but I recently got my first decently large tank set up of my very own. Its custom made and dimensions, but lets just say its 71-72 gallons.

I currently have a spotted severum who is currently about 6 inches long:




And I love him very much. Really cool personality, and gorgeous fish. This tank is in the family living room, and I am having some MAJOR requests from family members if they can buy this Discus they saw at the store. Its pretty similar to this picture:



Anyways, I've never had the luxury of being able to buy the more expensive types of fish (my severum was 55 I think?).. so I'm not quite sure if these two can share a home. I know Severums can be decently peaceful but, and I know every fish is different, so I guess I'm concerned about the space? Thoughts?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-26-2014, 07:21 PM
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Well you stated the tank size, however giving the actual dimensions will help.
For example, if you have a tall tank then of course you're going to be stocking it less, regardless of gallons. However if it is a long/shallow tank then you can add more fishes due to the larger surface area.
Then again, discus do well in taller tanks due to their body shape...

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I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
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Well you stated the tank size, however giving the actual dimensions will help.
For example, if you have a tall tank then of course you're going to be stocking it less, regardless of gallons. However if it is a long/shallow tank then you can add more fishes due to the larger surface area.
Then again, discus do well in taller tanks due to their body shape...
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-26-2014, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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It's 38 inches long, it's at least 24 inch tall, it's also 26 inches wide...so it's like a big square rather than a long skinny rectangle. The severum loves it, it's his kingdom. If it's not possible then it won't be a big deal :)
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-26-2014, 07:42 PM
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I would say yes. Cuz they are both usually peaceful and will get along. Also how many discus do you have?
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None in this tank, and the severum is the only guy who posed a problem. There's a small school of cardinals.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-26-2014, 07:46 PM
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Ya i know. But do you plan to get more discus? Cuz they are a social fish and enjoy a group of at least 5.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-26-2014, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Can I keep that many that size tank?
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I'm big on my fish being happy with their space :P
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