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post #11 of 24 Old 11-09-2009, 01:49 PM
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Very nice fish! I love the pigeon bloods. I'm considering trading two of my angels for a couple of baby pigeon bloods...seeing these makes it all the more tempting.
Just a caution, Herky, discus do better in groups. I think Aunt kymmie has experience with that, she can comment. But I would go with 5 discus minimum, same as for angels, provided there is tank room of course. They are both shoaling fish by nature.

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post #12 of 24 Old 11-09-2009, 09:03 PM
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Yes, they do need to be in a group. Five minimum, IME. There will always be one who's going to be the "whipping boy" but it'll be much less when it's spread out amongst five. I had a real problem with a trio until I added two more. Also, the the smaller the discus, the higher the metabolism. Juveniles need to be fed very frequently, up to five times a day. If you've got the time to do this (I don't) then *babies* would be fine. I know 1077 raised six juveniles to adulthood and he's a great source of info.
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post #13 of 24 Old 11-10-2009, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Byron and Kymmie are both correct. The group of discus should be a minimum of 5. I currently have 4 in mine but it is due to the fact that I will not add 5 or more large fish into the aquarium at the same time so they have been introduced to a well established and planted aquarium over the course of about 6 weeks.
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Yes, they do need to be in a group. Five minimum, IME. There will always be one who's going to be the "whipping boy" but it'll be much less when it's spread out amongst five. I had a real problem with a trio until I added two more. Also, the the smaller the discus, the higher the metabolism. Juveniles need to be fed very frequently, up to five times a day. If you've got the time to do this (I don't) then *babies* would be fine. I know 1077 raised six juveniles to adulthood and he's a great source of info.
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I would stay away from the babies also unless you have time to meet their needs. Also with juveniles the maintenance is MUCH greater. I would do daily 30% water changes in a tank full of juvies. Their immune system just ins't there yet.

Kymmie... you need to send me pics of yours :)
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I would stay away from the babies also unless you have time to meet their needs. Also with juveniles the maintenance is MUCH greater. I would do daily 30% water changes in a tank full of juvies. Their immune system just ins't there yet.

Kymmie... you need to send me pics of yours :)
I'll work on getting some pics today. Mine are nice but not nearly as pretty as yours!

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I'll work on getting some pics today. Mine are nice but not nearly as pretty as yours!
When I breed my pigeon bloods after I move you will certainly get one of the first ones when they are large enough to ship (for free obviously). :)

I am sure your discus are as pretty as my babies. :)
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Wow very nice!!! I love discuss!
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When I breed my pigeon bloods after I move you will certainly get one of the first ones when they are large enough to ship (for free obviously
No way! For real?? Now this is a promise I'm going to hold you to.

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post #19 of 24 Old 11-11-2009, 10:42 PM
I love them! They are so cute! Are they still babies?

I wish I could get discus but my tank is in my preschool room and there's too much activity in there : (
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post #20 of 24 Old 11-12-2009, 11:26 AM
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awsome looking fish. I have always wanted on of these, but dont think I have the time or exprience to keep these guys

5 gallon
Beta
3 MTS(sure to be mean more soon)

55 gallon
Bloat who is a Fahaka puffer
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