Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:02 am Post subject: Re: Discus pics and questions
I used to live in Mumbai......and trust me the water is just perfect there. Ph is around 6.2~6.8, and plain aged water with no additives was just fine for Water Changes. If I am not mistaken, I used to get away with a water change of 40% every third day (If the feeding is right, you should be good with the same amount of WC's in Mumbai)....my fishes were growing nice & fat. My guru was Pinto of United Sports, which is just opposite the Marine-Lines Masjid (The one in the middle of the road).......a sporting goods store, the rear of which Pinto had transformed into his private den for African Cichlids & Discus. He was the first guy to breed successfully the Discus in India.......and he taught me a lot. If he is still around, you should pay him a visit & he is ever helpful with a lot of advice for anyone interested in Fishes.
Your filtration seems fine, however if the fishes seem unbalanced when you turn on the powerhead, then it is not really necessary. Sponges are great to harbor bacteria and aeration, and you are doing the rest with the water changes.
Get a minimum of 6 Discus, like you said they spread aggression, and basically they are schooling fishes.
Its only necessary for upto 4 feeds a day while the fishes are young, beyond 4" , they are just fine with 2 or maybe 3 feeds a day.
Driftwood, is a great buffer of the PH & does a good job at stabilizing the aquarium during its initial cycle.......however a lot of bog woods sold are of many different types of trees. If not cured properly (Completely dried & then boiled), they tend to leach toxins which will be harmful to the Discus (The reason people advice against the use of the same). African Swahala & Malysian driftwood are considered the best. Infact a lot of large Discus tank setups have the Driftwood as the only decorative.
This is a giant 3 meter discus show tank. Inspired by the amazon rivers the owner, Mr. MÃ¼ller from germany used only a few features like drift wood, sand and some stones to arrange this amazing aquarium. You can see by clicking on the thumbnail what fish he keeps in this tank at the moment
Finally a lot of us seem to give more advice to the PH rather than the Hardness, which is actually more important as a buffer of the PH. Low KH are the reasons for massive PH swings.......so I thought I would add this link to the understanding of Hardness,
Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 6:27 pm Post subject: Re: Discus pics and questions
The peppering on my pigeon blood discus has actually reduced over the last couple of days! Is that possible?? I thought pepperings actually increased with size/age, or at the very least remained the same..........
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Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:18 pm Post subject: Re: Discus pics and questions
the black peppering on pigeon blood is always there but don't show if the discus is very stable and if the background is light coloured. Pigeons will show more peppering as they reach 2 years and above.
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