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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Fri May 18, 2012 12:20 pm

my lfs manager had given me a good deal on the discus it had been there for weeks with no takers,he told me the discus was kept with a juvie red devil,two flowerhorns,and some cons. When it was brought in it was near death he nursed it back to heath,but he didnt want someone to buy it and do the same thing to it, I was trading in my rams and angels so with a cycled tank with plenty of cover and some drift wood(i know the discus love those.tannins)to give him his own tank so with the trades I stared off with the rainbows and rosaline sharks(i didnt research them after I did I posted my qeustion) a week later I added the discus and then cardinal tetras and lastly rummynosed tetras. Sorry for the length of my post just giving some back story.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Fri May 18, 2012 1:21 pm

I have said as fast as the bigger tank cycles I will be adding 5or more new friends,but I do have a qeustion should I stick with one color morph or could I put pigeon blood,the yellow vatiant (forget the name),or any other of color morohs
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Fri May 18, 2012 1:54 pm

its up to you to put whatever discus you want. its your tank. young discus shouldnt have any tank mates no matter what the tankmate is. if it was at a lfs for long enough to be "nursed" back to "health" its been there long enough to have problems.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Fri May 18, 2012 5:39 pm

I meant for schooling purposes all color variants will school thanks for input
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby gutted » Mon May 21, 2012 12:33 am

are you ready to have them in a bare bottom, do 50%+ water changes every day and feed them beefheart 3-5 times a day (which gets very expensive). after i read that about discus i knew that id never own any. beautiful cichlid but way too much work for me. discus are delicate fish and juvenile discus are even worse.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Mon May 21, 2012 1:50 am

Have 6 assorted discus coming soon 7 altogether
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Mon May 21, 2012 9:21 am

Ill see you in the health and disease section soon ;)
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby Number6 » Mon May 21, 2012 10:07 pm

jd lover wrote:Ill see you in the health and disease section soon ;)

ok... so that crosses a line or two...

sigh.

personally I've never had an issue with a solo Discus... I would have stayed at that if I were in the shoes of the OP, but now that you've got a group of young Discus coming it's time to setup a proper Discus grow out tank. I may not agree with JDLover's opinions and delivery, but it is the 'technically' correct advice. Best to at least consider it.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Tue May 22, 2012 12:07 am

yea kinda blunt and may have been mean but he has been ignoring all the advice and i disagree with lone discus for the sole reason that they are schooling fish and a solo is never a good idea. doesnt mean it can be done but at a young age its diffinitely better to keep a group as they learn to compete for food and its important that they eat all they can in the first few months.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby kaphil » Tue May 22, 2012 7:36 am

gutted wrote:are you ready to have them in a bare bottom, do 50%+ water changes every day and feed them beefheart 3-5 times a day (which gets very expensive). after i read that about discus i knew that id never own any. beautiful cichlid but way too much work for me. discus are delicate fish and juvenile discus are even worse.


I respectfully disagree. While it obviously makes cleaning easier I don't think bare bottom is necessarily needed, you don't normally need to do 50% water changes every day, and many discus keepers would advise against feeding that much beefheart, it being a totally unnatural food for discus. Yes they can be delicate, but really that needs to be kept in perspective, a key determinant being whether the discus are wild or tank bred. Nor do I see why they need to be parboiled. I currently have a single discus in a SA community tank and it is fine. I've have had other single specimens. Yes I'm sure I miss out on the interactions that come from having a group, but so be it. The discus is perfectly healthy and I don't have to worry about the group bullying.
Personally I think some of the advice given about discus is OTT. To the OP, I say if you have the knowledge to maintain a healthy aquarium for SA fish, and your water parameters are all fine, I don't see why you should change much from what you are already doing to accommodate discus.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Tue May 22, 2012 12:14 pm

theres a healthy fish and a thriving fish
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Tue May 22, 2012 2:17 pm

I have read everything jdlover has said in different profiles and articles ,and I did take some of his advice,but the way jdlover keeps coming across rubs me the wrong way.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Tue May 22, 2012 2:55 pm

i have been known to come across as mean but im really just a blunt guy. generally im more nicer to those to atleast consider the advice theyre given oppose to those that ask for advice and wait for what they want to hear.

bassically the bottom line for a newbie discus keeper is this:

high protein diet
clean water
no tankmates for juvies
and get a group of atleast 6 to start with

with newbie i tend to give basic advice. in fish keep along with everything else there a numeral ways to achieve success. i tend to give the basic as thats whats easy and more enjoyable and after a hobbyist has gain some experience they can feel free to experiment with what works and what dont.
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby cicklid » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:37 am

Update,not a single discus lost or sick water parameters perfect,using drift wood and peat moss to soften water,have a few live plants for nitrate control,and doing daily water changes
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Re: Discus tankmates

Postby jd lover » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:11 pm

no such thing as perfect parmeters. anyone who say this i just assume they didnt test their water. like i said before there are numeral ways to be successful but a begginer should stick to the basic. chances are your discus are already stunt....
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