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Lemon Discus: Discus Aquarium

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquariums & Fish Photos' started by LemonDiscus, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Thread Starter Active Member

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:31 am
    Thank you... ALL of these guys are LARGE and a few are HUGE!

    They really are not "bullies" they just did not back down to the Mayan Jades threats knocking him about 3 levels down the totem pole.... I bet my Avitar wont even hold the top of the pecking order! All of the Discus seem SO happy! The aggression disappeared in the tank almost entirely!

    Too bad though with these new Wilds.... I cant keep Tetras anymore... food :confused:
     
  2. Guidoman888

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:33 am
    What ya doing with the cardinals then?
    I thought they'd be more aggressive since they came from the wild
     
  3. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:35 am
    Well most of the Cardinals are dead from the peroxide treatments I was forced to do... the few that are left are big enough not to get eaten.... new ones though will be too small :confused:

    Its OK though.... I have enough Discus and dont need other fish now in that tank! (other than the clean up crews)
     
  4. Guidoman888

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:39 am
    So you'll let the others swim around as food? To bad since i love those little tetras :) I wonder if my tetras will be big enough when my angels grow.. I really hope so
     
  5. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:41 am
    They should be.... My problem is I now have about 3 FULL GROWN Discus which you dont often see in the captive breds.... When I mean full grown I mean they are about 8-9" in Diameter.... The Mayan Jade is only about 6" in Diameter.... The SMALLEST Heckel is a bit over 6" in Diameter..... the mouths on these fish are big enough to fit the tip of my pinky in.
     
  6. Guidoman888

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:48 am
    Wow,, those are some big guys :eek:
     
  7. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:52 am
    Indeed they are.... the bad thing is they had about 2 - 10" Wild Green Discus in another tank :)

    Those were $49 per fish and $89 a pair.... they had about 12 of those.... But of course I prefer the Heckels :)
     
  8. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:43 pm
    Here is a picture to show size comparisons... there are 3 Heckels, the Mayan Jade and the largest Red Sunset....

    The 3 Heckels are the smaller ones....

    Some of the Heckels dont really want to eat the Granule food.... Kind of feeding them Live Blackworms now.... 3 of them tried the Tetra Color Bits but did not seem too interested in it... they did not go wild eating it... more like skeptical food critics... :)
    heckelGroup.jpg
     
  9. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:04 pm
    And another... there is one that is the second one to the right of the Red Sunset... that is one of the 2 huge ones... also that one is back about 5" behind the sunset.... and that is the biggest Red Sunset again
    discusGroup2.jpg
     
  10. Anonymous

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:17 pm
    They look nice man.
     
  11. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:18 pm
    Thanks!
     
  12. Guidoman888

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:49 am
    the're so big! :D
     
  13. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:54 am
    I told you :)

    They are still funny with eating the manmade food :confused: They feed on Live Blackworms great but they really dont know what to think about the Tetra Color Bits.... Only a few tried it and they did not seem to really care for it.....

    I have also caught a few of them feeding on algae :eek:
     
  14. Guidoman888

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:56 am
    Discus are really ''wierd'' (The awesome way) Spiecies of fish. I really like them. To bad the're hard to keep alive and the tank size costs way to much. Though I'm saving money for a big tank now! :D I might add discus to that. But it'll be a while...
     
  15. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:58 am
    I have NEVER seen a Discus eat algae! That IS weird! :eek:

    I guess it is because they are wild and they do that for their nutrition as no 1 food gives them everything in the wild like the tank raised get when we feed them :confused:
     
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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:53 pm
    Is that a scar on the one in the second picture on the first page ?

    They look good but I still prefer your originals.
     
  17. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:59 pm
    Not a scar I dont think but yes 1 or 2 have been damaged a bit... Maybe from the transport and being pulled out of the tank... maybe it is a kind of scar from when it was caught in the river... maybe another fish or something from in the wild??? I dunno.

    How could you not like the one in the first picture?!? :)
     
  18. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:34 am
    Last night feeding the Discus I tried Frozen Bloodworms and they ate them! They also go into a frenzy over the Live Blackworms...

    A few more gave the Tetra Color Bits a try and the 2 or 3 that tried them yesterday are eating it with a bit more interest... I still have 1 or 2 that really dont see the bits as food....

    They dont dart from the front of the tank anymore (all but 1) when I come to the tank.... actually they join the rest knowing or thinking food is coming! :D
     
  19. Guidoman888

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:02 pm
    The only thing that fish have to worry about is how much they eat :)
     
  20. LemonDiscus

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    Re: Wild Heckel Discus

    Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:10 pm
    Yeah wilds are a bit different.... think about it though, they dont have Tetra Color Bits in the Rio Negro (tributary to the Amazon River)