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Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Mon May 14, 2012 1:12 pm

I have a electric blue discus now in a 40 gallon show (only about 2inchs)with 4 rainbowsbosmani I believe its spelled,4 rosaline sharks,7cardinal tetras,a bristolnosed pleco,5corys,and very soon 7more rubyeyed tetras. My question is should I lose the tetras for bolivian rams,because I heard discus are slow eaters who take in their food all day. Is it true they will not be able to compete for food with more voracious eaters leaving them weak and more likely to be stressed losing color and sulking.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Mon May 14, 2012 1:42 pm

I am sorry rummynosed tetras,alsofeeding spirulina flakes,discus sinking granules,and bloodworms once or twice a week
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Mon May 14, 2012 5:20 pm

get either get rid of the discus or get a bigger tank and get 5 more discus
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Mon May 14, 2012 7:04 pm

I know a bigger tank is needed I didn't just go out and buy a fish and throw it in a tank I researchedo and have a 125 gallon coming6ftlong,but I was also told by friends and read in some articles 1alone or more than 5 was a good rule of thumb,but what to do with my tankmates and maybe some different suggestions for some better tankmates
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Mon May 14, 2012 7:17 pm

you shouldnt keep discus by themself -.- but since youve read articles i assume you know what youre doing so ill stop offering my advice
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby shef » Mon May 14, 2012 9:08 pm

Never do one alone, they are much happier in groups. One alone will be very skittish, won't eat well and will likely die. Tankmates would have to be pretty mellow, cardinals, rummy nose tetras, cories. No Jack dempsies for sure! Get at least 5, more if you can, please don't just get one!
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Mon May 14, 2012 10:52 pm

shef wrote:Never do one alone, they are much happier in groups. One alone will be very skittish, won't eat well and will likely die. Tankmates would have to be pretty mellow, cardinals, rummy nose tetras, cories. No Jack dempsies for sure! Get at least 5, more if you can, please don't just get one!



noone mentioned a jack dempsy?
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby shef » Mon May 14, 2012 11:41 pm

oh geez, sorry, apparently I'm half asleep, I saw electric blue and somehow though dempsey, not discus. I haven't heard or electric blue discus. My apologies
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Mon May 14, 2012 11:54 pm

o its fine i was wondering where you got the jd from lol i was like maybe its my name...
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Tue May 15, 2012 6:20 pm

Not a jack dempsey a discus color morph, I havecardinalsand now rummynosed tetras and today I ampicking up my 125 so should I traded in my rosaline sharks and how many bristolnosed plecos should be good for a 125?how many corys?
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby MickRC3 » Thu May 17, 2012 12:03 am

Discus perfer temps over 80F while Rosaline Sharks are best kept under 78F.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Thu May 17, 2012 11:47 am

Thank you for some more info,do you thimk.the rainbows are suitable tankmates?Any help is appreciated.My 6ft 100gallon tank is cycling now,in a little less than A month the discus will be getting 5 more to help him settle down,this one was a rescue
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Thu May 17, 2012 10:18 pm

forgive me for being blunt but why "rescue" a fish you know nothing about?
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Fri May 18, 2012 11:41 am

Well like I said I did research them,and I askef about tankmates not the fish,so plz if yout not going to be helpful dont reply
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Fri May 18, 2012 12:04 pm

i cant be helpful if you dont listen -.- DISCUS SHOULDNT BE KEPT SOLO! especially at as small as 2 inch. chances are its already stunt....
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