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Woo Hoo DISCUS!

Discussion in 'Discus' started by FishVixen, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    Well I worked for 2 hours cleaning tanks and received 3 -1.5" pigeon blood discus for payment. I think that was a steal! Pics will come later as they are being slowly drip acclimated to the established 55 gal tank.
     
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    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Nice! can't wait to see picts.
    Remember FREQUENT feedings (several times a day..the more the better) and water changes = healthy growth.
     
  3. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    yeap will do! just put them in the tank they are all sitting on the bottom hope they make it. Fingers crossed. Color is the same still light colored.
     
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    I didn't have issues with acclimating mine, but I've heard it's common for them to sit on the bottom and even slant themselves due to the "stress" of adjusting to a new tank.

    >might wanna keep the lights off for the first day and try feeding a tiny bit of food to "calm" them.
    their young so you'll want to keep their water about 86F and you Ph low (but more imp. steady).
    even if you have to toss a blanket over the tank to give them darkness to acclimate.
     
  5. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    Okay temp at 82 so I'll raise it. PH steady at 6 for 6 months. Was planning on keeping lights out for 24 hours at least.
     
  6. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    82 is usually where you keep the adults, 84-86 (86 being better if you ask me) is for the young'uns or ones still growing.
    Lights out for at least 24 is defin a good idea, specially if they are showing signs of stress (bottom, bars, slanted, etc).

    If you can sucker them into eating you may want to try live food if you have any handy (live brine shrimp), if not and they don't seem to want to eat try something with garlic...it's suppose to entice from what I've learned about them thus far.

    Bloodworms (I use frozen) seem to be an absolute favorite, but make sure you do variety or they'll get finicky on you and only accept one thing...and flakes go over well with them- go high protein.
     
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    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    Just checked on them all 3 out swimming and picking food feed tank when I put them in so a little cichlid flake was on the bottom). Largest one has really bright blue showing in his fins.
     
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    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    awesome! that's great signs that you got healthy discus being their adjusting well already!
    THRILLED TO HEAR!
     
  9. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    mom and dad were from Hans. Beautiful pair.
     
  10. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    I want to see pics!!!!!!

    I cant take livestock for payments anymore, Ive run out of room.
     
  11. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    well I can also receive dry goods like food and other supplies. Anything in stock in the shop.
     
  12. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    jealous, wishes I could find something like that..clean tanks for fishy stuff!
    Cool Deal you got going there for ya.
     
  13. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    Yes I lucked out. He wants me to set up and be in charge of the plant area.
     
  14. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    That'd be nice! definately a sweet arrangement.
     
  15. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    finally pics

    Two bigger ones
    ai792.photobucket.com_albums_yy203_FishVixen_my_20discus_discus009_1.jpg
    the baby
    ai792.photobucket.com_albums_yy203_FishVixen_my_20discus_discus014_1.jpg
    angels and discus
    ai792.photobucket.com_albums_yy203_FishVixen_my_20discus_discus038_1.jpg

    The peppering is not as bad as when I got them, I have no clue why.
     
  16. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    peppering is inbreeding and shows more when they are relaxed or under stress.

    They look nice, what are you feeding them, how often are your water changes? whats your ph,gh and kh?
     
  17. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    PH 6 haven't checked gh or kh in a while I know bad aquarium keeper! LOL Tank was set up for Angelfish and has tannins from the drftwoods and use seachem discus essentials conditioner. Water changes are every 3 or 4 days 25% (usually 4)
     
  18. MOD_Dawn

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    peppering can get worse if using dark background or dark substrate.
    they look like Marlboro Reds :)
     
  19. FishVixen

    FishVixen Thread Starter Active Member

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    parents are pigeon bloods seen the pic of them.
     
  20. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    very true, but still pretty much sticks to the pigeon blood strain.