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ao 10-12-2013 06:41 PM

Discus chasing each other....
Hi all! I'm asking a question for a friend of mine :)
It's a discus question and I know NOTHING about discus!

Here's the story, In my friend's 125 gallon tank, he has two discus... well he used to have three. the third was a tiny one that never seemed to grow any bigger. Yesterday The small discus simply vanished, and was no where to be found.

So the pair (I tried IDing them.... neither had a spikey fin... so I thought they were both female?) began to chase each other, and hiding behind the plants. Apprarently the discus still eats like a pig, but the small one has become afraid of the larger one. The larger one would come out once in a while....

The tank also houses a Betta, endler hybrids, white clouds, neon tetras, some small pleco species, a SAE, platies, a pair of farrowellas and a fairly large school of albino cories~ Most of the fish are breeding and reproducing (tiny farowellas are soo cute <3

here are some pics I cropped... they're from the last time I visited my friend, and since I ha no intentions of taking snaps of the Discus, They're pretty... low res :(

Chesh 10-12-2013 07:15 PM

Cichlids can be such strange creatures - Discus, from what I've read, even stranger. I wish I had some input for you. . . hopefully someone will be by soon who can help. :/

(MINI Farlos = *SQUEEEE*)

jaysee 10-13-2013 12:31 AM

He needs more discus. They are a group oriented fish. I don't know much about discus, but I know that :-) He really ought to have at least 6.

Agent13 10-13-2013 01:37 AM

Only thing I know about discus other then they are pretty ishey need EXTREME filtration. And the guy I know who keeps them defiantly keeps a large group and nothing else in the tank but them.

ao 10-14-2013 07:45 AM

Thank you :) you guys are awesome! ^_^ I dont think he's going to buy more discus any time soon (they're just too expensive!). After he found and took out the body of the stunted third discus, the other two seemed to settle down.

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Tazman 10-14-2013 07:53 AM

They wont settle for long though unless they are in a group, they will become stressed very easily.

They are Pigeon Blood Discus.

ao 10-14-2013 08:24 AM

Yay! a wild Taz appeared! I'll let him know :)
Just out of curiosity, how well do angels and discus get along?

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jaysee 10-14-2013 08:27 AM

I have heard well, so long as they are both in groups.

Tazman 10-14-2013 08:50 AM

Agreed, and as long as the tank is big enough. They are both schooling fish and as such need a bigger tank to be able to keep them separated and not stress each other out.

Discus need absolutely pristine water conditions that can be very hard to maintain in a smaller tank.

ao 10-14-2013 09:16 AM

Cichlid are so fascinating! Not like I would ever own one oAO... But I'm gonna do some reading up on them real soon... just the soft water ones :P

The old asian man at my favorite LFS (which closed down :( ) used to breed angels. He'd always have a bazillion little eggs on a piece of IDK what - plastic/foam(?) looking thing. It would be in a 2.5g full of methylene blue water :P Once in a while I'd walk into the store to find a swarm of the cutseiest little swimming triangles. <3

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