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Discus info!

PostAuthor: Steve D » Thu Dec 01, 2011 09:52

Ok, after my Oscar escaping and now having non, I`m toying with the idea of selling my remaining fish and trying something completely new...a Discus tank. Are there any Discus experts on here (I know it`s a Malawi forum but people do keep other fishies :D ) who could give me some help and advice on setup and keeping them? Thanks.
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Nads » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:00

Great plan Steve, they have some discus in at SSA at the moment
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: catwoman » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:18

I would recommend the best person to speak to about Discus is Mark Evenden @ http://www.devotedly-discus.co.uk/acata ... .5_cm.html

he is a great guy, very friendly & extremely knowledgeable about Discus fish :good:

they also sell Discus x
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: kathateria » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:49

Steve,wont they be a bit boring for you? :lol:
Only kiddin. :good:
I cant imagine not keeping malawi now. :no
The tank is so full of action,other tropicals are just bland,to me.

Thats just My opinion,what ever floats your boat :good:
Be boring, if we all liked the same thing :D
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: FunkyFish » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:55

i like discus, very colourfull! :good:

think i would put a koralia in with them to get them moving though :lol:

Vinny had a nice Discus setup, may be worth having a chat with him :good: Discus and some neons and a few catfish i think would look very nice :good: If i sell the malawi's i may go for that or tangs... :hug:

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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Steve D » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:39

kathateria wrote:Steve,wont they be a bit boring for you? :lol:
Only kiddin. :good:
I cant imagine not keeping malawi now. :no
The tank is so full of action,other tropicals are just bland,to me.

Thats just My opinion,what ever floats your boat :good:
Be boring, if we all liked the same thing :D


No, I`m on about a Discus setup to replace my Oscar tank...still got my Malawi one :good:
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Nads » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:43

Are you going to go all the way and plant it?
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: vinboy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 13:32

Boring :no one of the best aquarium fish to see breed watching all them tiny fry feeding of there parents instead of being eaten :lol:

I would get at least 6 mate as they get shy if kept in smaller groups also get young and all from the same breeder.
Water has to be quite warm mine done well at 86f with a ph of 6.4 and a low gh.
Loads of good feeds out there try TA aqua online tons of good dry foods plus give live/frozen.

They need great filtration plus i was doing 2-3 40% water changes i got a nice group of corys to clean up any missed food :good:

Plants are not really bitope correct and are hard to grow in such warm waters loads of roots and sand bottom with a gentle flow.

As for the king of the aquarium (Discus) there is loads of choices wilds/hybrids/manmade strains.

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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Jim S » Thu Dec 01, 2011 13:34

I had some for a few years before moving over to malawi. TBH they are not much different to mbuna as far as husbandry goes just at the opposite end of the ph scale. Main points really are to ensure your water is spot on and use RO along with something like kent RO buffer to add the trace minerals back in.
They can be very sensitive and frustrating ,mine were very easily spooked at times and would hide amongst the plants and you wouldn't see them for days and other times they would be out and about all the time.
IMO there is nothing more stunning than a group of dsicus in a fully planted tank and a huge shoal of cardinals. They don't do much but they are the most beautiful fish available imo.
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Jim S » Thu Dec 01, 2011 13:35

Stunning fish there Vin :good:
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: vinboy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 14:17

Jim S wrote:Stunning fish there Vin :good:


Yer jim couple of the best in country for type and colour.I much like the wild discus like greens over the perfect manmade strains.
Very frowned upon in the malawi world though but some manmade discus strains go back to the 70s :shock:
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Jim S » Thu Dec 01, 2011 14:24

vinboy wrote:
Jim S wrote:Stunning fish there Vin :good:


Yer jim couple of the best in country for type and colour.I much like the wild discus like greens over the perfect manmade strains.
Very frowned upon in the malawi world though but some manmade discus strains go back to the 70s :shock:
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I had some wilds but I must admit I prefferred the man made varieties,Pigeon blood and cobalts were my fave's.

Will have to see if I have any old pictures knocking about.
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: kathateria » Thu Dec 01, 2011 14:48

Some man made fish are stunning.
Just depends how open minded you are I suppose.
I just like to watch my fish now,rather than breed from them :good:
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: Steve D » Thu Dec 01, 2011 18:02

Nads wrote:Are you going to go all the way and plant it?


I`ve never been a fan of planted tanks. Is that a necessary requirement then?

Thanks for the link catwoman :hug:

Thanks everyone for all the info so far..sounds good :D
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Re: Discus info!

PostAuthor: vinboy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 23:27

Steve D wrote:
Nads wrote:Are you going to go all the way and plant it?


I`ve never been a fan of planted tanks. Is that a necessary requirement then?

Thanks for the link catwoman :hug:

Thanks everyone for all the info so far..sounds good :D


There is no plants in a discus biotope just loads of roots coming in at waters egde were they are in wild.
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