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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:40 pm Post subject: feeding habits of young discus Reply with quote

 hi  all
 am  currently  experiencing  discus  fish  for  the  first  time  and  its  been  a  fascinating  experience  past  week  and  a  half...
 took  all  your  suggestions  from  my  orev  as  well  as  other  threads  and  implemented  it  exactly...
 got  6  small  discus  from  a  breeder...they  are  about  the  size  of  a  one  rupee  coin...i  think  they  are  plain  yellow/white  discus...ill  put  up  a  pic  as  soon  as  i  can  to  get  your  views  on  it..
 i  want  to  how  many  times  and  how  much  of  food  to  feeed  them  everyday...i  intend  feeding  them  only  tetra  bits..how  many  grains?is  2-3  times  a  day  enough?these  chaps  seem  to  be  awfullly  hungry  and  rather  energetic  as  well...they  started  eating  in  less  then  24  hrs  of  my  gettin  them  home..and  whenever  i  come  near  the  tank  they  immediately  come  up  to  the  surface  and  keep  watching  movements  of  my  hand...awfully  smart  and  cute...
 am  i  starving  them?i  am  afraid  of  overfeeding...please  advise..
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 you  can  feed  them  upto  5  times  a  day  but  smaller  feedings  at  regular  intervals...seems  like  you  got  yourself  some  good  discus...who  did  you  pick  them  up  from
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 tnks  toomanyfish...
 following  uer  advice  past  few  days  as  much  as  i  can...i  can  actually  see  the  growth  in  a  few  of  them  in  jus  the  2  weeeks  tat  ive  had  them  here..
 i  got  them  from  a  local  breeder  from  near  chembur..got  his  contact  from  an  lfs  in  kurla..nice  chap..
 
 i  sense  a  slight  problem  with  one  of  my  fish...one  of  these  6  discus  is  slightly  paler,  smaller  (as  in  i  dont  see  him  growing)  and  is  less  acctive..dont  see  him  eating  much...he  is  not  gettin  harrassed  by  the  others  for  sure...as  much  as  ive  seen..
 is  there  a  problem?but  its  only  with  this  lil  guy...cant  understand...wot  to  do?
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 Whats  the  size  of  your  tank?Whats  your  water  change  regime  like?Posting  such  informoation  would  help.Also  is  your  tank  planted  or  bare  bottom?
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 i  have  a  tank  of  1.5  feet  square  base  and  2  ft  height...
 i  try  my  best  to  do  a  50%  water  change  atleast  twice  a  week...very  diff  for  me  to  do  it  more  frequently...
 i  have  a  bare  bottom  tank...
 hes  not  the  only  small  one  actually...
 as  in  there  are  2  which  are  biggest  (in  comparison  with  the  rest  of  course)  two  slightly  smaller  and  hes  the  smallest...however  hes  a  least  enthusiastic  so  to  speak..as  in  doesnt  rush  at  the  food  whenever  i  feed...
 is  slightly  slow  in  movements  and  i  saw  him  eating  a  bit  today..
 am  i  freakin  out  needlessly?
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 Whatever  you  do,  1  discus  in  a  group  of  more  than  4  IS  going  to  be  the  most  submissive  and  forced  to  remain  smaller,  weaker,  punier,  PRONE  TO  DISEASES!  So  watch  out  for  that  fellow  and  do  provide  more  hiding  places  to    make  such  chaps  more  comfortable  and  less  stressed.
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Whatever  you  do,  1  discus  in  a  group  of  more  than  4  IS  going  to  be  the  most  submissive  and  forced  to  remain  smaller,  weaker,  punier,  PRONE  TO  DISEASES!  So  watch  out  for  that  fellow  and  do  provide  more  hiding  places  to  make  such  chaps  more  comfortable  and  less  stressed.  
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 amod.                

 Iam  sorry  i  dont  agree  with  that
 yes  the  discus  will  grow  slower  but  that  does  not  mean  you  can  expect  him  to  fall  sick  all  the  time.Also  i  dont  think  providing  hiding  space  is  advisable.I  believe  that  if  you  give  discus  hiding  space  to  hide  they  will  hide  even  if  they  are  not  stressed.Best  to  leave  them  in  a  bare  tank  and  let  them  become  bold  on  their  own
 
 @blackghost
 Though  your  tank  is  not  the  ideal  dimensions  for  raising  5  discus  it  can  still  be  done....but  upping  the  water  change  will  play  a  vital  role...also  you  should  increase  the  frequency  of  feedings...
 And  yes  i  do  think  (like  most  discus  owners  including  myself!!)  you  are  freaking  out  needlessly  Smile
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i  have  a  tank  of  1.5  feet  square  base  and  2  ft  height...
 i  try  my  best  to  do  a  50%  water  change  atleast  twice  a  week...very  diff  for  me  to  do  it  more  frequently...
 i  have  a  bare  bottom  tank...
 hes  not  the  only  small  one  actually...
 as  in  there  are  2  which  are  biggest  (in  comparison  with  the  rest  of  course)  two  slightly  smaller  and  hes  the  smallest...however  hes  a  least  enthusiastic  so  to  speak..as  in  doesnt  rush  at  the  food  whenever  i  feed...
 is  slightly  slow  in  movements  and  i  saw  him  eating  a  bit  today..
 am  i  freakin  out  needlessly?                

 
 Hi,
 
 50%  WC  should  be  done  on  daily  basis...though  its  difficult  for  you,  would  still  recommend  you  to  pull  out  some  time  for  daily  WC  as  its  not  gonna  take  more  than  15  minutes  (for  your  tank  dimensions).  Do  90%  WC  once  a  week.  No  compromise  on  daily  WC,  especially  for  juveniles.
 
 Juveniles  need  to  fed  at  least  3-4  times  daily.  So  plan  their  feeds  accordingly  so  that  they  consume  the  same  in  3-5  minutes.
 
 Uneven  growth  is  not  uncommon  in  discus  group.  However,  you  may  need  to  shift  your  discus  to  bigger  tank  in  future  to  attain  their  best  size.
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 hi  im  sundar  frm  chennai
 first  of  all  im  glad  to  c  so  many  gr8  aquarium  hobbyists  in  india  adn  a  gr8  meeting  place  for  them
 i  thank  u  all
   i  have  made  some  research  on  the  net  about  discus
 most  of  the    experts  say  that  u  have  to  make  water  changes  of  about  20-25%  for  every  15days  and  u  have  to  use  a  very  gud  filters  with  less  water  currents
 i  would  suggest  u  use  a  bio  filter  and  also  a  heater  with  about  75'f
 use  tall  plants  and  do  not  use  it  too  much
 floating  plants  r  not  advisable
 providing  hiding  places  r  not  harmful  and  yet  they  do  help  wen  u  have  more  discus  in  a  single  tank  and  also  in  a  comm  tank
 this  wil  help  them  to  guard  their  fries  and  eggs  frm  others
 
 post  a  pic  of  your  tank  and  that  might  also  help  in  some  suggestions
 
 i  hope  that  would  help  and  im  sure  discus  wont  get  sick  too  many  times
 its  a  bit  hard  fish  and  enjoy  growing  your  discus
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 Hi  Sundar,
 
 Here's  a  bit  more  of  Reading  Material.  Very Happy  
 
 Must  Read
 
 Enjoy!
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 thnx  buddy
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 most  of  the    experts  say  that  u  have  to  make  water  changes  of  about  20-25%  for  every  15days  and  u  have  to  use  a  very  gud  filters  with  less  water  currents
 i  would  suggest  u  use  a  bio  filter  and  also  a  heater  with  about  75'f
 use  tall  plants  and  do  not  use  it  too  much                  

 
 Hi,
 
 Discus  deserve  daily  WC  if  you  want  to  raise  them  with  good  health.  You  can  cut  down  WC  on  weekly  basis  when  they  are  fully  grown.
 
 Mumbai  water  pH  and  temperature  is  almost  ideal  for  discus.  So,  why  spend  heavily  on  expensive  filter  and  heater.  Simple  air-driven  sponge  filter  is  enough.  Heater  can  be  used  in  winter  if  its  too  chilly,  but  otherwise  not  needed  at  all  here  in  Mumbai.
 
 Well  regarding  tall  plants,  most  discus  keepers  prefer  BB  tank.  Discus  will  find  it  more  comfortable  searching  its  food  on  BB  tank  compared  to  searching  on  the  gravel  used  for  plants.  
 
 Regards.
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 here  in  chennai  tap  water  is  not  suitable  that  too  in  my  area
 so  we  use  a  powerful  filter  and  heater  to  maintain  water  temp
 and  tall  plants  wil  help  discus  feel  at  home
 i  have  seen  discus  in  bbtank  were  they  look  much  stressed  and  plants  help  the  tanks  look  more  decorative  and  beautiful
 thats  y  i  suggested  planted  tank  with  a  gud  filter
 anyway  thnx  buddy
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 i  have  seen  discus  in  bbtank  were  they  look  much  stressed  and  plants  help  the  tanks  look  more  decorative  and  beautiful                  

 
 Stressed  due  to  BB  tank??????  Very Happy  discus-gurus  please  help.
 
 Totally  agree  plants  help  the  tanks  look  more  decorative  and  beautiful.
   
 What  would  you  prefer  beautiful  tanks  or  healthy  discus??  Rock On
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 hey  i  jus  saw  a  stressed  discus  in  a  blank  tank  
 and  if  u  want  to  keep  discus  in  house  or  in  farm
 if  in  house  then  people  want  to  make  their  tank  more  beautiful  and  i  don  c  plants  make  discus  sick
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