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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:00 pm Post subject: Re: Handbook for Discus Newbies Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:41 pm Post subject: Re: Handbook for Discus Newbies Reply with quote

                                                   
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Missed  this  thread  completely.  Nice  work!                

 Thanks  Santa   :  )
 
 People,  
 Let  me  know  if  anything  missed/correction  required  as  this  writeup  was  completed  in  just  nippy  couple  of  hours  purely  based  on  personal  experiment  with  discus.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:01 pm Post subject: Re: Handbook for Discus Newbies Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Thank  you  and  very  informative  discussion  for  the  Discus  Newbie  .
 I  have  however  one  question  as  you  have  mentioned  to  start  with  a  bare  bottom  tank  can  we  add  some  stoneschips  or  something  to  it?  if  i  don't  like  to  have  a  bare  bottom  tank?  i  am  plannign  to  keep  few  loches  and  bottm  feeder  fishes  which  will  be  compatible  to  Discus.
 
 Afterwards  when  can  i  move  to  planted  tank?  Will  the  discus  grown  in  the  bare  bottom  tank  can  be  adjusted  well  in  the  planted  tank  ?there  will  be  a  sudden  change  in  the  environment  offcourse  for  them  !!!  will  they  be  stressed?  
 
 I  am  actually  planning  to  make  a  48"x24"x24"  discus  tank  and  i  want  it  a  planted  one  but  since  you  are  suggesting  to  make  it  bare  bottom  so  i  have  few  clarifications  in  mind.I  am  keeping  Discus  for  the  first  time  but  not  a  newbie  for  Aquarium.
 
 2)  Which  external  filter  can  be  best  to  buy?  I  am  ready  to  shell  few  extra  for  a  good  and  reliable  one.
 
 3)  Do  you  have  any  contacts  for  Discus  breeder  in  Bangalore?  
 
 Thank  you  so  much.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:23 pm Post subject: Re: Handbook for Discus Newbies Reply with quote

 Hi  There,
 
 Good  to  hear  the  writeup  helped  you,  tried  my  best  to  keep  it  simple  for  newbies.  Smile  
 Now  coming  back  to  your  queries:
 
 
 
                                                 
Amazonian2010  wrote  (View  Post):                
can  we  add  some  stoneschips  or  something  to  it?  if  i  don't  like  to  have  a  bare  bottom  tank                

 You  can  add  thin  layer  of  stonechips  to  your  tank  but  as  the  tank  will  undergo  frequent  water  changes  (assuming  you  will  be  starting  with  juvenile/midsize  discus)  while  doing  WC,  ensure  to  siphon  out  debris  accumulated/stucked  amongst  substrate.  You  will  also  need  to  ensure  Discus  are  not  losing  food  getting  stucked  between  chips  as  they  prefer  to  eat  off  the  bottom.  
 
 
 
                                                 
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Afterwards  when  can  i  move  to  planted  tank?  Will  the  discus  grown  in  the  bare  bottom  tank  can  be  adjusted  well  in  the  planted  tank  ?there  will  be  a  sudden  change  in  the  environment  offcourse  for  them  !!!  will  they  be  stressed?                

 Once  you  discus  grow  bigger  say  4.5-5"  size,  they  can  compromise  with  weekly  WC  hence  can  be  moved  to  planted  environment.  Every  discus  (or  to  that  matter  any  fish)  go  stressed  initially  when  shifted  to  another  tank  but  by  time  they  settle  down  in  their  new  home.
 
 
                                                 
Amazonian2010  wrote  (View  Post):                
Which  external  filter  can  be  best  to  buy?  I  am  ready  to  shell  few  extra  for  a  good  and  reliable  one.                

 Do  not  forget  to  add  more  reliable  sponge  filters  to  your  tank,  couple  of  them  would  do  great  for  your  bigger  tank  size.
 Eheim  2217  would  be  better  choice  for  external  cannister.
 
 
                                                 
Amazonian2010  wrote  (View  Post):                
Do  you  have  any  contacts  for  Discus  breeder  in  Bangalore?                

 Vijay  (IAH  ID:  vij007)  would  be  nice  person  to  contact  to.
 Adip  &  other  senior  hobbyists  from  Bangalore  can  also  help  you  guiding  to  source  good  quality  discus  there.
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 dear  yogesh
 
 the  write  up  is  indeed  very  informative,  just  a  query  on  medication  during  the  QT  you  have  said  to  use  terramycin.  
 
 my  question  is  how  long  should  the  fishes  be  in  the  antiboitic  water  for  the  QT  or  any  treatment.
 
 hope  my  question  was  not  silly
 
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 Hi  Manu,
 
 Use  of  Terramycin  is  not  mandatory,  weekly  quarantine  is  enough  if  used.
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 why  is  it  so  that  we  shud  feed  them  after  water  change  and  not  before  it??
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why  is  it  so  that  we  shud  feed  them  after  water  change  and  not  before  it??                
 You  must  understand  that  I  am  talking  about  IMMEDIATE  WC  after  feeding  here.  Whenever  you  do  WC,  water-chemistry  alters.  Newly  added  water  may  not  have  exact  parameters  of  water  inside  tank  which  is  drained  out.  If  you  feed  &  do  WC  immediately,  fish's  internal  system  goes  about  change,  food  may  not  be  properly  get  digested  &  fish  starts  pooping.  Thus  your  discus  will  not  get  enough  nutrition  from  the  eaten  food.  Again  after  WC,  fish's  metabolism  increases  &  fish  gets  hungry.  However,  this  is  more  practical  for  people  who  do  power-feeding,  multiple  WC  to  their  discus  tank  or  in  hatcheries  where  juveniles  are  grown  with  rapid  WC.  
 
 For  working  people  who  can  do  only  ONE  WC  every  day,  general  practice  is  to  give  final  feed  by  evening  time  &  do  WC  by  night-time  before  they  sleep.
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my  question  is  how  long  should  the  fishes  be  in  the  antiboitic  water  for  the  QT  or  any  treatment                

 
 If  you  are  using  Antibiotics  ,It  is  advisible  to  go  for  full  course  of  12  days  .
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 Thanks  Yogesh!  Very  useful  and  informative  :-)
 
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 I'm  glad  it  helped  you,  Karan.
 All  the  very  best  for  your  discus  endeavor.  Smile
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 Thanks  Yogesh..
 
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