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a 75g with a sump can be a great choice for a first time Discus tank. Are you thinking of buying youngsters? or adult Discus?

You could likely have a group of 8, or a mated (proven) pair with pretty good success. Personally, I would go with barebottom to grow out a group of 8... it's a ton of fun to watch these little things grow and mature and the barebottom tank allows for a nice warm tank that you can keep pristine!

Don't do plants and Discus unless you've done both prior... my 2 cents.

As for the hardness of the water (please ignore pH), match the water as closely as you can from wherever the Discus were bred. Get your fish from a local breeder if you can... ask him/her what the fish were grown out in and match it! :thumb:
 

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Rift lake cichlids do NOT have specific male/female ratios... such conventional "wisdom" saves the fish owner on the aggression side but costs the owner in ways they don't even know.

Discus are truly a pair bonding cichlid... during non-breeding times, they normally congregate in the wild in large family "pods" and then sneak off with their mate when it's time to breed. You can mimic this in a longer aquarium, but not in a 4 footer IME. You can get close though, so in a 75g tank, I'd have nothing but driftwood and a group of Discus... place a breeding cone at a far end of the tank behind some driftwood once they grow up and see if a pair forms from the 8.

I've paid as much as $30 per Discus, and as cheap as $10.

scarhbar, I'm very tempted to start another Discus tank and do a 55g tank with 7 Discus on a two tier stand with a 55g tank as a sump. It would allow for huge 50% water changes with zero disruption to the Discus... ideal!

Do NOT do plants with a 1st try at Discus... unless you are a planted tank guru...
 

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mattawan_cichlid said:
I mean the types, snakeskin, pigeon blood, etc. Should I stick with one type or different or what?
those are breeds, like dog breeds. Your choice... I'm going to second the suggestion of the articles here on cichlids forum and other quality sites like simply discus.com
 
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