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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:21 pm Post subject: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 I  am  interested  in  discuss  .  which  size  is  good  for  beginners  .  what  are  needs  to  keep  discuss.  
 any  experts  give  some  ideas....
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:47 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 1.  Big  enough  tank.
 2.  Heater
 3.  Sponge  filter.
 4.  Good  water.(Soft  Water,  experts  correct  me  if  i  am  wrong)  and  regular  water  changes..
 5.  Good  Food.(BHM  and  Tetra  Bits)
 6.  Go  with  2  3-4"  Discus
 
 I  would  suggest  getting  the  fish  after  the  rainy  season.  There  are  less  chances  of  them  falling  sick..
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:38 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 i  will  also  suggest  you   getting  the  Discus  after  the  rainy  season.
 you  can  use  discus  food  of  azoo
 
 discus  need  soft  water  and  low  ph.
 
 you  can  use  RO  water  (experts  correct  me  if  i  am  wrong)  
 try  to  maintain  the  temperature  between  26-24c
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:09 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 Rains  have  nothing  to  do  with  Discus.   Its  all  a  matter  of  getting  a  heater.   They  do  best  in  warm  waters  of  about  30  C  and  if  you  intend  to  have  domestic  discus  and  not  to  breed  them,  they  can  do  pretty  well  in  hard  water  as  well.   Apart  from  this,  just  go  through  the  discus  forums,  you'll  find  more  than  enough  info.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:20 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 Discus  and  rains?
 
 My  discus  used  to  love  the  rains,  and  used  to  get  really  horny  when  the  rains  started.  They  used  to  start  off  cleaning  at  the  signs  of  rains.
 
 I  could  even  predict  rainfall  looking  at  my  discus  behaviour.  They  somehow  can  sense  the  change  in  atmospheric  pressure  really  well,  dont  ask  me  how.
 
 Get  some  healthy  discus  from  reputed  breeders/traders  who  know  whats  quarantine  and  "healthy".  
 
 You  can  keep  discus  if  you  can  :
 
 1.  Change  water  on  a  daily  basis,  at  least  50  percent  daily.  In  Coimbatore,  water  is  soft,  and  actually,  with  discus,  the  more  water  you  change,  the  better  it  is.  The  only  condition  is  that  the  water  you  are  introducing  should  be  favorable  to  the  discus  in  terms  of  temperature  and  pH.  I  used  to  keep  a  batc  of  discus  that  I  was  feeding  6  times  a  day,  with  3  water  changes  daily.  Every  water  change  was  more  than  80  percent.  The  fish  loved  it,  because  they  were  getting  lots  of  food,  and  crapping,  and  even  then  lots  of  fresh  clean  water.  My  wife  loved  it,  because  I  was  home  all  day.  The  fish  grew  so  fast,  and  were  very  very  healthy.  I  couldnt  do  this  for  a  long  time,  as  I  needed  to  go  out  once  in  a  while  too.  Then,  I  passed  on  the  whole  batch  to  a  friend,  and  they  are  still  breeding  well  with  him.  Water  changes,  the  more  the  merrier.
 2.  Feed  some  good  food,  keeping  in  mind  all  that  the  fish  needs  to  take  in,  like  protein,  calcium,  some  roughage[fiber],  beta  carotene,  spirulina,  and  vitamins.  If  you  can  feed  beefheart,  its  the  best  you  can  give  your  fish.  Beefheart  is  the  best  base  for  homemade  food,  because  you  can  get  some  real  clean  meat  by  cutting  out  the  fat  totally.  its  economical,  and  you  can  mix  all  that  you  need  into  it,  specifically  for  your  fish.  If  you  want  to  pump  in  asta,  you  can.  If  you  want  to  introduce  garlic  into  its  diet,  you  can.  You  can  deworm  your  discus  easily,  if  you  are  feeding  heart  too.  So,  heart  would  be  the  best  choice.  My  humble  advice  would  be  to  stay  away  totally  from  live  feed,  as  you  can  keep  infection  away.
 3.  Install  a  good,  dependable  heater.  Some  good  brand  like  Jaeger,  or  Rena,  that  you  can  surely  be  assured  that  it  wont  cook  your  fish.  You  definitely  will  need  a  heater  in  Coimbatore  as  we  have  very  wide  swings  in  temperature.  
 4.  Use  a  sponge  filter  for  your  discus  tank.  If  your  tank  is  big,  you  might  need  2  sponge  filters.  If  you  would  not  like  your  air  pump  sounding  like  a  generator,  get  a  good  quality  air  pump  like  Eheim  or  Rena,  or  at  least  google  "air  pump  silencer"  for  some  DIY  tips  on  how  to  silence  your  air  pumps.
 5.  Keep  a  small  lamp,  a  zero  watt  bulb  ON  24X7,  above  the  discus  tank.  This  will  prevent  them  from  getting  startled  during  lights  ON  and  lights  off  time,  as  this  will  give  them  a  gradual  shift,  if  you  know  what  I  mean.  Discus  kept  this  way  dont  get  spooked  very  easily.  If  you  keep  them  in  total  darkness,  and  switch  on  the  light  and  get  close  too  soon,  you  will  see  them  flying  out  of  the  tank  like  flying  saucers.
 6.  Cover  all  sides  of  your  discus  tank,  and  keep  only  the  front  side  open.  This  applies  if  your  tank  is  up  against  the  wall,  and  you  are  not  planning  a  tank  with  2  sides  viewing.  This  helps  the  discus  settle  down  well,  as  they  feel  very  secure  in  a  setup  like  this.  They  will  always  swim  up  to  look  at  you,  every  time  you  are  near  the  tank.
 7.  Keep  the  tank  in  a  place  thats  free  from  too  many  people  walking  too  close  to  the  tank.  This  too  can  spook  your  discus,  and  they  will  take  a  long  time  to  settle  down.
 8.  Start  with  some  juveniles,  that  are  about  3  to  3.5  inches  in  size.  This  will  give  you  too  some  time,  to  really  know  how  discus  should  be  kept,  and  what  they  require.  They  will  grow  well  with  you  if  you  take  care  of  their  needs,  and  will  even  breed,  if  kept  properly.
 
 All  info  I  have  provided  are  from  my  own  experiene  of  having  kept  these  beautiful  fishes  for  many  years  succesfully  and  also  had  them  breed  with  me.  I  dont  keep  them  right  now,  as  I  dont  have  enough  time  and  space  for  them,  but  I  am  sure  I  will  return  to  discus  very  soon.
 
 I  guess  thats  that!  Do  let  us  know  what  more  info  you  need.
 
 I  am  sure  we  have  a  lot  of  info  about  keeping  discus,  feeding  discus,  and  their  requirements  on  the  forum.  Do  spend  some  time  reading  up  older  posts,  and  you  will  get  answers  to  most  of  your  questions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:55 am Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 Thanks  nithin.  
       this  only  i  want  ...  i  am  not  expect  this  much  matter  i  getting  here  .  its  wonderful  ...thanks  a  lot  Smile   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:41 am Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 yup  dont  play  around  with  the  ph  if  you  dont  know  what  you  are  doing  and  if  you  dont  intend  breeding  them..pick  up  from  a  breeder  if  you  can
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:33 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 @toomanyfish
 
 We  have  two  reservoirs  which  supply  water  to  our  town[city???],  thats  the  Siruvani  and  Pilloor.  Both  of  these  have  water  thats  ideal  for  the  king.  Obviously,  minus  the  Cl2.
 
 So,  he  wont  have  to  try  and  alter  pH  for  sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:40 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

 Question  ????
 
 Is  it  possible  to  keep  2  3"  Discus  in  a  2x1x1  ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:45 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss Reply with quote

                                                   
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Is  it  possible  to  keep  2  3"  Discus  in  a  2x1x1  ?                

 
 I  am  keeping  2  full  grown  5inch+  discus  in  a  2x1x1.5
 And  many  breeders  do  that,  but  the  problem  comes  when  you  keep  only  2  3inch  discus  as  they  might  feel  insecure...
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