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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:19 am Post subject: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 Dear  All,
 I  have  9  Discus  of  different  Size
 1  Nos-  1  inch  size
 4  Nos  -  2  inch  size
 3  Nos  -  2.5  Inch  size  
 1  Nos  -  4  Inch  size
 
 The  two  2.5  inch  size  discus  (one  red  melon  &  blue  torquise)  have  started  waging  their  tail  to  each  other.  They  also  dont  allow  other  discus  to  come  near.  
 What  does  this  indiacte  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:34 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 Any  feedback  on  my  queries?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:23 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 They  are  trying  to  decide  who  is  the  boss  in  the  tank  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:02 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 from  what  humble  experience  I  have  with  discus  -  I'd  say  that  the  1"  size  has  very  stressful  time  with  a  2.5"  and  4"  ones  around   Sad  
 please  isolate  the  1"  to  a  different  tank  (alone)  so  that  it  can  catch  up  with  the  size  difference  soon  and  than  introduce  it  back  to  the  main  tank.
 WRT  the  behaviour  I  dont  think  they  can  spawn  at  the  mentioned  size  unless  they  are  stunted.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:16 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 I  am  new  to  discus  so  don't  know  if  they  are  stunted.
 How  much  should  a  2inch  discus  grow  in  a  month  ?
 If  they  are  stunted  &  they  breed  will  the  juvenlies  also  will  have  stunted  growth.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:55 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 Hi  Zoeb:
 
 1.  From  the  time  that  they're  born  it  may  take  anywhere  between  8  to  14  months  for  them  to  spawn...in  the  given  parameters
 
 2.  For  a  discus  to  attain  a  size  of  2"  it  may  take  about  8  to  12  weeks...
 
 3.  To  say  that  a  discus  is  stunted,  it  may  grow  just  a  little  bigger  in  about  
 4  weeks  time  from  the  time  that  you  bought  it...i.e,  less  than  half-inch
 
 4.  Given  the  right  conditions  and  feed,  a  2"  should  grow  to  about  3"  in  less  than  6  weeks  time...
 
 5.  Though  the  parents  are  stunted;  the  babies  will  not  be  (unless  they've  a  genetic  trait  for  dwarfness)...
 
 All  said;  like  Beta  said...they  may  just  be  fighting  for  the  crown...  Thumb Up  
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:08 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 Dear  Nag,
 Thanks  for  the  information.
 I  think  the  growth  of  dicus  in  my  tank  is  stunted.  
 what  Should  I  do  to  stop  this.
 
 I  have  4x1x1  feet  tank
 Temp  -30  deg  c
 water  change  every  day  -  20  %
 1Sponge  filter  
 
 I  feed  them  goat  heart  twice  ,  once  tetra  bits  &  dry  blood  worms  once  a  week.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:57 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 upgrade  to  a  bigger  tank  if  you  want  to  keep  9-10  discus  in  your  tank.
 Secondly  the  size  you  mention  is  just  1'  height  which  will  be  a  problem  for  the  discus  once  adult.  I  would  suggest  a  tank  size  of  5'  X  2'  X  2'  to  be  the  best  sized  discus  tank  to  house  about  12  of  them  comfortably  and  50%  water  changes  everyday!
 For  how  long  have  you  had  the  fish?  How  big  did  you  buy  them?  Do  all  of  them  show  equal  greediness  during  feeding  time?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:54 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 It  has  been  now  6  weeks.  I  think  exept  for  one  all  have  not  grown  more  than  half  a  inch.  
 All  of  them  show  equal  gridiness  to  food
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:37 am Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 than  it  is  the  best  time  for  you  to  act  -  NOW!
 Transfer  the  smaller  one  to  a  different  tank  and  plan  you  upgradation!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 Yes  ,  I  have  to  invest  in  a  new  tank.
 
 What  should  be  the  thickness  of  the  glass  for  5x2x2  tank.  Is  12mm  Glass  all  over  OK.  I  want  to  make  glass  tank  on  my  own  as  i  love  making  my  own  things  &  also  I  will  save  on  some  money.  
 what  precautions  should  I  take  when  building  a  tank.  what  kind  of  stand  is  required  for  such  a  tank.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 5:27 pm Post subject: Re: Discus behaviour Reply with quote

 Zoeb,
 the  12mm  glass  is  gonna  be  fine!
 I  would  recommend  you  to  first  have  a  hands-on  experience  at  making  tanks  because  the  5'  X  2'  sized  glass  is  pretty  heavy  to  be  handled  alone  by  a  starter!  If  I  were  you  I  would  rather  spend  the  extra  buck  and  leave  it  to  the  professionals  (you  can  however  bargain  with  the  cost!)
 If  you  still  want  to  make  your  tank  there  are  a  lot  of  articles  and  threads  on  IAH  that  can  guide  you  to  make  one!   Thumb Up  
 If  saving  money  is  the  criteria  -  you  can  even  plan  a  plywood  tank!
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