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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:50 am Post subject: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
      yesterday  I  bought  around  8  discus  and  put  them  into  my  36x12x18  tank.  I  have  sponge  filter  and  a  heater.  The  earlier  owner  had  fed  them  yesterday  night.  But  even  today  the  fish  are  really  scared  and  running  away  if  they  see  me.  So  I  covered  all  sides  of  the  tank  with  white  paper  to  make  sure  they  are  not  stressed  anymore.  Is  this  normal  with  new  discus  or  is  there  something  else  I  can  do  to  make  them  feel  home?  
      Thanks  for  all  your  suggestions  and  advice  in  advance.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:55 am Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 This  is  normal.  Give  them  time  to  settle  down  and  theyll  be  fine.  Dont  make  sudden  movements  near  the  tank.
 Care  for  your  discus  well  in  terms  of  proper  food  and  regular  water  changes,  they  are  a  wonderful  fish  to  keep!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:55 am Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Happens  with  the  most  of  newly  introduced  fish.  Discus  exaggerate  that,  just  a  bit  more.  Time  will  help  them  settle  well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:08 am Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Thanks  Shankar  and  Black  Ghost,  but  I  can  continue  to  keep  my  tank  covered,  or  should  I  open  up  and  make  them  get  used  to  seeing  me  and  ofcourse  there  is  not  much  human  traffic  other  than  me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:11 am Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 I  wouldnt  cover  them  from  all  sides.  Maybe  just  three  and  leave  one  side  open.
 Also,  please  do  update  your  location  and  other  details  on  your  profile  in  order  to  help  you  better.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:03 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Sure,  I  updated  the  location.  Thanks  a  lot  for  all  the  help.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:03 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Discus  are  very  sensitive  to  change  in  surrounding  ,  your  tank  is  new  place  to  them  so  they  will  take  some  time  to  adapt  to  the  surrounding  .  new  tank  means  new  bacteria  ,  new  water  parameter  so  give  them  some  time  .  
 
 Don't  cover  the  tank  ,  let  them  get  use  to  the  surroundings  .
 
 Do  regular  WC  and  put  kitchen  salts  ,  adjsu  heater  to  29  deg  and  feed  after  24  hrs  .  Put  overhead  light  on  tank  .what  are  the  size  of  these  discus  .  If  they  are  very  small  ,  they  will  be  more  frighten  in  this  tank  .  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:56 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Thanks  Shiva  sir  for  your  advice.  I  edited  my  original  post  to  include  pics,  so  as  to  give  an  idea  of  the  size  of  the  fish.  Please  do  comment  on  their  growth  so  far.  I  have  been  feeding  them  tetra  bits,  since  that  is  what  the  previous  owner  was  using.  
    Also  I  would  be  really  happy  if  someone  could  identify  them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:15 am Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Pictures  not  very  clear  ,  but  looks  to  me  like  Red  Melons  ,  Red  &  white  .  by  Feeding  only  tetra  bits  ,  your  discus  may  not  grow  very  well  ,  you  to   feed  BHM  or  Hikari  Frozen  Blood  worms  ,  or  Hikari  Bio  Gold  Discus  or  best  is  Frozen  Adult  Artemia  .
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:35 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Thank  you  Shiva  for  letting  me  know  the  names  of  my  fishes.  I  am  not  a  vegetarian,  but  would  not  like  to  do  anything  with  BH  mix.  So  I  am  planning  to  feed  them  Hikari  Bio  Gold  Discus.  However  I  will  need  to  find  out  where  in  Bangalore  I  will  get  Frozed  Artemia.  
 
 Also  I  was  thinking  of  using  chicken  hearts  and  follow  the  reciepe  at  http://www.discushatchery.com/food.html.  What  are  your  views  on  this  kind  of  BH  replacement.  Also  wanted  to  know  if  using  Hikari  Bio-Gold  can  replace  BH  mix  ?
 
 Thanks  for  your  help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:44 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

                                                   
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where  in  Bangalore  I  will  get  Frozed  Artemia.                  

 
 contact  Mr  Mr  Karun  -  9886030232  ,  he  will  guide  your  for  Frozen  Adult  Artemia  .  He  is  feeding  his  discus  with  Frozen  Artemia  .
 
 
                                                 
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Also  I  was  thinking  of  using  chicken  hearts  and  follow  the  reciepe  at  http://www.discushatchery.com/food.html.  What  are  your  views  on  this  kind  of  BH  replacement.                

 
 Yes  ,  you  can  make  Chicken  heart  feed  for  your  discus  .  Try  this  one  
 
 1)  Chicken  Heart  -  300  gms  .  Cheer  
 2)  Chicken  Breast  -  100  gms.  Clapping  
 3)  Prawns                  -  50  gms  
 4)Spinach                 -  50  gms  .
 5)  Multivitamin-  Multiminerals  Tab  (  Try  Supradyn  or  A-  Z  Vitamins  )  .-  1  Tab  or  1  Tea  Spoon  Syrup.
 6)  B-  Complex  -  1/2  Tab  .
 7)  Spirulina  -  1/2  Tea  Spoon  .  
 
 
                                                 
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Also  wanted  to  know  if  using  Hikari  Bio-Gold  can  replace  BH  mix  ?
                 

 
 You  can  feed  2  times  a  day  with  Chicken  Heart  Meat  and  one  time  with  Tetra  bits  or  Bio  Gold  .  
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:23 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Its  been  2  weeks  and  my  discus  still  runs  away  when  I  approach  the  tank.  When  there  is  some  movement  in  the  room,  they  kind  of   hide  themeselves  behind  the  filter.  I  tried  to  put  a  lit  to  my  tank  and  they  ran  helter-skleter.  So  I  removed  the  light  source.  But  even  when  I  start  to  feed  them  the  are  not  coming,  once  I  put  the  feed  and  move  away  they  would  finish  it  up.  Why  is  this  happening,  I  do  water  change  once  every  2  days.
    Even  when  I  took  these  pics  they  were  all  so  still  in  one  place.  They  don't  seem  to  dare  come  to  front  glass  when  I  am  moving  around  ....I  love  my  discus,  I  am  no  bad  guy.  Does  this  happen  if  the  discus  babies  are  not  brought  up  well  or  if  they  are  stunted.
      I  have  seen  in  couple  of  places  that  they  swim  pretty  easily  without  worrying  about  people  moving  and  stuff,  and  infact  they  come  towards  you  if  you  approach  them.  But  why  reverse  in  this  case.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:54 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 You  have  said  there  are  no  major  movements  in  front  of  the  tank.
 Try  shifting  the  location  of  your  tank  &  observe  their  behaviour.
 Sometimes,  discus  are  hesitant  to  swim  freely  due  to  shadow  falling  on  the  tank.
 
 Also,  place  your  heater  in  horizontal  position  2-3  inches  from  the  bottom.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:16 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 Hi  Dani  Soni  ,
 
 What  the  level  of  your  tank  from  the  ground  ?.
 Is  there  a  strong  overhead  light  ?
 Is  there  a  strong  water  current  (  strong  Aeration  )  ?
 
 Starve  them  for  two  days  ,  keep  the  heater  at  30  ,  let  them  come  out  from  their  group  for  search  of  food  .  do  massive  water  change  for  two  days  .  
 If  you  have  another  agressively  eating  discus  ,  put  that  discus  in  this  tank  .
 Try  to  position  the  tank  above  the  chest  height  .  
 Don't  worry  they  will  be  Ok  one  day  .
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:50 pm Post subject: Re: Discus too scared Reply with quote

 The  current  tank  is   very  close  to  ground  level  around  3inches  from  floor.  The  other  tank(which  glass  got  cracked)  is  at  3ft  from  ground  level.  So  it  would  be  a  good  idea  to  have  them  at  chest  height?
 
 There  was  a  light  source  above  the  tank,  but  now  I  removed  since  it  really  scared  them.
 
 no  other  aeration  other  than  the  sponge  filter.
 
 
 I  will  try  out  the  "starve  them"  trick.  Will  post  you  on  the  results.  Thanks  a  lot  Shiva,  infact  today  I  bought  the  frozen  artemia.  Can  you  also  advice  how  to  feed  the  same.  I  just  cut  out  a  chunk  and  put  them  in  water  but  they  kind  of  spread  out.
 
 Thanks  for  all  the  help.
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