New Discus

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New Discus

Postby john82 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:22 pm

Hello all thought i would post some pics of my new discus
this is my first attempt at keeping these wonderfull fish so fingers crossed. Below are my first pics of them
They are now currently all hiding in one corner of the tank.
http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q635/Johnweller/
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Re: New Discus

Postby Superdan114 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:37 pm

Hi

Great fish! I am also thinking of keeping discus. In fact i have just set up a tank in preparation. Having a few problems with the filter though at the minute (another story). Anyway, what tank do you keep them in? Have you done anything special to keep these fish? I know they require slightly lower ph and softer water. Have you done anything to you tapwater or is it just straight from the tap?

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Re: New Discus

Postby englishmx » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:35 pm

Superdan114 wrote:Hi
Have you done anything to you tapwater or is it just straight from the tap?


Irrelevant Dan, water PH & hardness will vary depending on what part of the UK you are in :wink:
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Re: New Discus

Postby Superdan114 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:43 pm

So can nothing be done to alter these parameters to keep discus happy? Also what size tank would you recommend for 4-6 discus?

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Re: New Discus

Postby englishmx » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:03 pm

Superdan114 wrote:So can nothing be done to alter these parameters to keep discus happy? Also what size tank would you recommend for 4-6 discus?

Thanks


No, you can alter the parameters as you wish, my point was that john82's tap water reading will be different to yours. Get a base reading from you tap water then you can amend from there if you want.

Not sure about tank sizes having never kept Discus, but from what I have seen and read over the years they need space and immaculate water in order to thrive
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Re: New Discus

Postby john82 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:21 pm

Iv got mine in a 40 gallon tank and they are kept in water straight from the tap.
The only prep is to add dechlorinator. Some people keep them in RO or HMA water but the supplier I got mine from had them in tap water.
My advice is to get them from a specialist supplier as a lot of lfs stock is very poor. And try and find one were their water parameters match yours. If the supplier is any good they will be able to give all the water parameters and the history of the fish.
If you are going to get them you need to be prepared to do daily water changes as they are very messy and due to their diet of beef heart you don't want rotting meat sat on the bottom of the tank.
I am a complete novice as this is my first attemp at keeping these fish but I have fallen in love with them.
Just take your time finding the fish you want as they are not exactly cheap.
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Re: New Discus

Postby Superdan114 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:39 pm

Thanks for the advice! I would like to keep 4/5 in a 40 gallon (180 ltr). What supplier did you use to get your discus if you don't mind me asking? I'm not a novice fish keeper but a total beginner when it comes to discus to be honest!

Thanks again!
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Re: New Discus

Postby john82 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:44 pm

I got mine from devotedly discus.
They are based in east Sussex.
A very knowledgeable and help full supplier.
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