Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:45 pm Post subject: Re: My latest discus setup
Loved your tank, Uday!
Inspite of being a strong advocate of barebottoms,I admire your setup.Clean,minimalistic and healthy fishes!
Keep it up!
Regarding the peppering issue the BD,Snow white,LSS and the turqs are not pigeon blood-so no peppering is expected on them.Instead they have regular stress bars but nothing to be alarmed about!The pick of the lot is the Marlboro(01:01) and its near perfect shape.
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Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:01 am Post subject: Re: My latest discus setup
peppering and stress bars are signs of discus trying to align with the environment. Dark background gives an impression of dusky environment. But dark background with medium lights on which is in case of the video footage,discus will not show any stress sign
[quote="SumanG";p="269234"]Superb, awesome … I am running out of exclamations
Keeping them HAPPY in a planted tank
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:41 pm Post subject: Re: My latest discus setup
Thanks everybody for your comments.
Tank specifics are as follows
Size 4ft X 1.5ft X depth 16"
13 discus they are with me since a year
temp around 30
plants - 2 plastic and one potted is some banana plant ( not sure) this was 1/4th the current size when bought.
Feeding : They have grown on variety of foods. Chicken breast mix, beef heart , Hikari bio gold, Tetra bits. The excellent quality beef heart is from Aditya and Carey. Difficult to feed beef heart with gravel so since last 3 months they are fed only tetra bits. Tetra bits is according to my experience the safest for home setup. Growth is little slow but if fed properly they show best coloration and health. Feeding schedule is to be fed only on demand. I don't feed them at all if they are not near the front glass waiting for their meal. Now a days they are all the time demanding food which is a good thing. I give them small ( to be finished in 5 mts.) feeds 3 to 4 times a day.
All this are bought from reputed and reliable breeders. In fact one of them had told me about merits of tetra bits ( closest to what they eat in nature). When asked why do breeders dont use it the considerations were slow growth rate and cost factor. If your goal is fast growth, big size and if ready for heavy water changes then Beef heart is obviously better. Hikrai bio gold is excellent but difficult to get.
I do daily 15 % water change and 50% WC once a week
Gravel is golden sand in a thin layer which can be vacuumed lightly daily and properly once a week.
About pleco , the moment a pleco acts funny back it goes to fish shop. I start with the smallest size ( when its always harassed by a few curious discus). Interesting observation is that this pleco has never eaten beef heart and will change track even if accidentally crosses any discus's path. I don't know if there is any relation but with beef heart they have a tendency to be first in pecking order. One more advantage of tetra bits is everybody gets to eat without aggression from anybody.
So in short I decided to grow discus with least amount of fuss and aim is a good looking tank rather than big size or breeding.
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