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PostSubject: Discus are not hard to keep   Discus are not hard to keep - Page 2 Icon_minitime2/6/2011, 7:07 pm

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Hello My name is Jon ,(TxRedneck)
I have been on this site watchin and postin some times
and some people say that Discus are hard to keep
Here's some pics of mine
My breeder tanks
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Spawnin
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breeder with babies
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its not hard
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PostSubject: Re: Discus are not hard to keep   Discus are not hard to keep - Page 2 Icon_minitime2/7/2011, 4:00 am

Alan j t wrote:
nice job! i tried raising fry from a pair of mine, but i cant keep them alive past 4 weeks. any advice i dont know already?
Hi Alan
Buddy me and you need to have a talk.
You mean you got them little ones for eggs to wigglers then free swimmers and then lost them
You got past the hardest part .
call me pm me and I will try to help
Your Buddy
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PostSubject: Re: Discus are not hard to keep   Discus are not hard to keep - Page 2 Icon_minitime2/7/2011, 4:17 am

williemcd wrote:
Here's some input from an old timer that frankly doesn't seem to be of any value but might just encourage some of the youngsters on here to give their hand at raising Discus. I go back 30 years ago when most were wild caught.. back when Wattley I think seeded the interest in these guys... I gave it at least 6 attempts by buying at least 1/2 dozen at a time in hopes of growing a breeding pair.. They were VERY expensive for a young GI and a newlywed at that!.. I went thru using peat filtration, setting up shrimp breeding tanks.. even picked up a microscope so that I could discern the issue with a dying fish... All of this was in the mid-70's...
Now after a 30 year Hiatus from the addiction, I've just recently bought my first tank.. a 35 gallon set-up very reasonably. Unfortuantely stocked with at least 60 guppies... So, my first foray back into this will be a nice tetra tank... then see where it goes from there.
Glad to hear there are more success stories about raising Discus than when I dabbled with them. Bill in Va.

Hi williemcd
From one spring chicken to the next
Back then Wattley Discus was the best thing out there.
I'm not sure if the Discus now days are easier or there is more info on them and we understand them more now
Back in the old days you went and bought and book and tried what it said
most of the time it did not work
now days there's every color under a rainbow out there
So I hope you will give them a shot one more time
and if something goes wrong
call your buddy
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PostSubject: Re: Discus are not hard to keep   Discus are not hard to keep - Page 2 Icon_minitime2/7/2011, 4:19 am

Bill I tried them in the 70's also LOL, Alot has changed with them since then for one thing quite a few tank raised in not so extreme water conditions. Hate to tel ya Bill but that was closer to 40 years ago. lol!
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FishVixen wrote:
Bill I tried them in the 70's also LOL, Alot has changed with them since then for one thing quite a few tank raised in not so extreme water conditions. Hate to tel ya Bill but that was closer to 40 years ago. lol!

X 2 on that

PS Dang Vixen
Now you done went and told them how old we are LOL.
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scottyofala wrote:
i raise them myself...heres a few pics

https://2img.net/h/i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g429/bigmouth1804/100_1405.jpg

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Thats some good lookin Angelfish you got there
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PostSubject: Re: Discus are not hard to keep   Discus are not hard to keep - Page 2 Icon_minitime2/7/2011, 6:30 am

As another old-timer here, I'd like to echo what was mentioned above about people getting discouraged by failure being sold poor specimens. Often they are sick when you get them, though they're still swimming around, and they were doomed from the start.

Definitely find yourself a good importer or breeder, and you'll be surprised at how hardy some of these species can be.
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TankGirl wrote:
As another old-timer here, I'd like to echo what was mentioned above about people getting discouraged by failure being sold poor specimens. Often they are sick when you get them, though they're still swimming around, and they were doomed from the start.

Definitely find yourself a good importer or breeder, and you'll be surprised at how hardy some of these species can be.

Amen Sister
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Perhaps I'll have to give the lil buggers another shot! umm... I've snuck a new golf club into my bag but getting a new tank by my wife is going to be really really hard! (She thinks my sole tank is on a speculative basis)... Bill
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williemcd wrote:
Perhaps I'll have to give the lil buggers another shot! umm... I've snuck a new golf club into my bag but getting a new tank by my wife is going to be really really hard! (She thinks my sole tank is on a speculative basis)... Bill

You know Bill my wife said that if I get one more fish or go Huntin one more time shes leavin me
Dang it I'm goin to miss her
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LOL Redneck.

My wife is just the opposite...she is always asking me what species is next! LOL

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KMX wrote:
LOL Redneck.

My wife is just the opposite...she is always asking me what species is next! LOL

So's my husband - he has a list of species he is eager for me to try!
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Bill let me know I know someone who gets Hans discus here in Richmond.
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Ok OK.. OK.. ya'll are planting an ITCH in me regarding Discus. So the question is: What is the smallest size Discus you'd buy if price was your primary concern... umm.. the minimum number of them... and an appropiate size tank?

My initial thoughts are: minimum, the size of a quarter or half-dollar, six of the critters and at least a 29....
So how badly did I show my ignorance? Bill in Richmond, Va.
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Not bad but you will have to upgrade to at least a 55 shortly. I know where you can get them half dollar size for $20 each.
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I will agree with Han's discus you cant go wrong
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Tell him he owes me a beer and I will get it in Atlanta Ga
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Did a search on Hans Discus and came up with one site that scares the bejusus out of me! "Almost twice daily water changes".. Very low tolerance to water conditions.. The need/suggestion that you forgo the youngsters in lieu of a $150.00 5-6" fish! What the hell?
LINK: http://discushans.wordpress.com/

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Jon your Discus are AWESOME!I would love to try some Discus,but I need to get a tank for them.Can you let me know how many and what size tank should I get for some!I have a empty 60g and 55g I could use until they get to big for the tank.Please LMK!
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Curious what size tanks those are?


I fully agree discus are much easier than they are made out to be. My breeder buddy got me hooked, sold me 6 (3"-4")at $5 each..... now I have 11 of them crazy
2 breeding pairs, one sterile. The other pair I have just started working with, have them in a 29g forested tank. They hated the bare tank concept Rolling Eyes So now just waiting on a spawn to get some youngins from them.

Mine get the standard weekly waterchanges same as everyone else. Sometimes skip a week. But the tanks are heavily planted so that helps the water.

My main tank is a 90g with 6 in it now, 2 new adults in a 120g, a breeder pair in a 29g

I will probably be getting a few more here soon from my breeder buddy
crazy I'm sure they wont be as cheap this time though $$$
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Fern, can I be your buddies buddy? Bill in Richmond, Va.
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williemcd wrote:
Ok OK.. OK.. ya'll are planting an ITCH in me regarding Discus. So the question is: What is the smallest size Discus you'd buy if price was your primary concern... umm.. the minimum number of them... and an appropiate size tank?

My initial thoughts are: minimum, the size of a quarter or half-dollar, six of the critters and at least a 29....
So how badly did I show my ignorance? Bill in Richmond, Va.

Are you planing to put 6 Discus in a 29 gallon tank? I would not recommend that, but I may be reading what you wrote wrong?

I would personally go as bug as you can if they are to be shipped and this is your first time with Discus. Just MHO though..
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When it comes to discus, have AS MUCH WATER as possible. If you can find some locally, Bill (Keith at Azalea Aquariums has some that are good-sized - no clue what he is asking for them), or through FishVixen's local source, even then try to get them as big as you can afford, as above.

I think you'd need at least a 55 to get started. They like to be in groups. Taller tanks would be even better. Watch Craigs List locally and in the surrounding area - people are practically giving their tanks away sometimes, it seems. I've had great luck there.
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6 in a 90g has worked well for me.
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Fern wrote:
6 in a 90g has worked well for me.
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Well.. to fill in the blanks on my thoughts... I was thinking 6 half dollar sized fish.. waiting for them to selectively pair off to hopefully find a breeding pair. Off loading the other 4 and using the 29 to grow them to size before a tank upgrade. So ... how long would it take from 1.5 inches to say 4-5 inches? Bill in Richmond
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williemcd wrote:
Well.. to fill in the blanks on my thoughts... I was thinking 6 half dollar sized fish.. waiting for them to selectively pair off to hopefully find a breeding pair. Off loading the other 4 and using the 29 to grow them to size before a tank upgrade. So ... how long would it take from 1.5 inches to say 4-5 inches? Bill in Richmond

Hi williemcd
The books say 1 in per mouth that with doin lots of water changes
I find that I can get a discus from wiggles to 5.5 in 7-8 months
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You will want to grow them up in a larger tank than that. If you want 8" fish you need a big tank, if you are content with 5" fish than that is what you will get keeping them in a 29g.
They get stunted very easily.
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