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Discusgirl18 01-02-2008 09:53 PM

Discus laying eggs help please!
 
My dads has two discus they have a 46 gallon tank to there selfs beside 3 corys and a betta. They have been laying eggs for about 2 months now once a week. They lay the eggs on a huge rock thats in the tank. After 3 days the eggs start to get a white fuzzy mold stuff on them and then the discus eat them. 0 chlorine, 10 nitrates usually most the time, 175 for water hardness, ankility is between 40 and 80, Ph is 7.2. what could be going on I really want babies but it seems we are haveing a little trouble. If any one has any information it would be helpful. Thanks so much :D

scottven 01-02-2008 11:42 PM

Are you sure you've got a male in there? My female convicts would pair up and lay eggs even though there was no male in the tank. Then as the eggs got old they'd eat them.

herefishy 01-02-2008 11:44 PM

The problem is one of two things. a) you have no fertile males or b) you have two females. On the one hand you'll never get a viable clutch, on the other, if one of the fish is a male, as he matures, you'll start getting viable clutches.

Discusgirl18 01-03-2008 11:03 AM

I am and sure they are male in female one has a very pointy top fin and they other one doesnt plus the guy I got them from said they were male and female. I can take pictures. They are both about a year old.

Sleepwiththefishes 01-04-2008 06:30 PM

You might want to pay more attention to the water parameters, discus prefer soft acid water to thrive correctly

Ph should be between5-6 and should have almost no hardness

And i've seen female discus develop extensions to their top fin as well, so this is not an indicator of sex, you have to watch them laying eggs and look at their sexual organs, you can find descriptions of them by searching the net

Good luck

herefishy 01-06-2008 02:19 PM

Finage is not the way to sex discus. I've had them for many years and have found that the best way is to look for the ovipositor on the female. This method is fool proof.

Discusgirl18 01-06-2008 08:02 PM

Everytime they lay eggs its the same one and a tube looking thing comes out and the eggs come out. The other one never does anything but taking turns in watching and caring for the eggs.

herefishy 01-07-2008 01:47 AM

If it is a male, he may be infertile, and not able to fertilize the eggs. He may not be mature enough yet. Again, too, maybe the females eggs are not viable. Hang in there when and if it happens, it will happen. Stay hopeful. Good luck.

Discusgirl18 01-07-2008 10:22 AM

OK thank you so much.


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