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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:17 pm Post subject: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hi  Folks,
 
 After  having  moved  my  marine  tank  to  my  new  shop  ...my  wife  kept  insisting  we  have  a  tank  in  the  house  !!   Cheering   ...no  no  i  am  not  a  lucky  husband  just  that  now  she  is  so  used  to  seeing  a  fish  tank  in  the  house  and  did  not  like  my  sad  face  at  home  the  last  few  days   Drinking  ....  (  Highend  drama  )
 
 So  i  decided  to  jump  into  the  offer  readily  offcourse  after  a  little  bit  of  high  tension  drama  and  decided  to  get  discus  for  myself  !!  ...  Since  i  was  ordering  discus  for  a  client,  i  decided  to  get  some  for  myself.  So  i  called  our  "IAH"  discus  breeder  Shiva  Nair  who  was  courteous  and  glad  to  ship  them  to  me  and  Heads  off  to  his  packing  method  and  care.  (  Thank  you  Shiva  )
 
 So  i  have  2  pairs  of  Super  melons  left  for  me.  (  Will  be  adding  more  hopefully  if  Shiva  has  more  in  stock  )   The  size  is  around  1  1/2"  ,  they  are  housed  in  a  2  X  1.5   X  1.5  tank  with  two  large  sponge  filters  which  i  intend  to  clean  alternately.  Currently  doing  a  80  -  90%  WC  daily.  Feeding  them  4  times  a  day  with  Sera  discus  granules,  Hikari  Discus  Bio  Gold  and  Tetra  discus  crisps.  Unfortunately  cannot  get  Beef  or  Goat  heart  at  home  ....  I  can  feed  them  frozen  blood  worms  but  they  usualy  float  and  i  have  read  that  discus  cannot  eat  floating  food.
 
 So  my  question  is  ...  during  the  introduction  period  do  i  need  to  take  any  special  care  other  than  the  daily  water  changes.  Any  specific  disease  related  to  shipment  stress  that  i  should  be  worried  about.
 
 Also  introducing  additional  discus  at  a  later  stage  may  be  a  week  or  2  and  of  a  different  strain  ,  any  precuations  that  should  be  specifically  taken.
 
 Anxiously  awaiting  responses  from  the  discus  experts  !!  ...  and  guidance....  unfortunately  i  am  pretty  much  a  novoice  in  freshwater.  Marine  is  a  different  world  for  me  altogether.
 
 Will  add  pics  in  this  post  soon.  My  camera  battery  has  darined  out  so  awaiting  for  it  to  get  charged  and  then  will  click  pics.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:01 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nirav,
 
 Welcome  to  the  discus  world!
 
 Since  you  have  got  the  fish  from  Shiva,  you  don't  need  to  worry  at  all.  The  fish  will  be  in  excellent  health  already.  Till  the  fish  get  used  to  your  tank,  you  can  try  keeping  dimmer  lights  in  the  tank.  I  have  seen  that  this  calms  them  down.  Also  your  feeding  routine  seems  good  but  don't  you  think  your  tank  is  too  small  long  term?
 
 Frozen  bloodworms  are  good  if  you  can  source  them  from  a  reliable  source  who  will  take  care  that  they  aren't  defrosted  in  the  way  and  are  completely  disease  free.  As  far  possible  try  to  get  GHM  or  BHM.  Its  the  best  for  discus.
 
 Water  change  %  is  good  too,  just  watch  out  for  chlorine.
 
 Also  in  case  of  a  situation  where  you  feel  something  is  off  or  discus  aren't  doing  well,  raising  temp  and  using  non  iodized  salt  as  a  remedy  is  better  than  using  meds  for  max.  discus  problems.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:15 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hi  Pree,
 
 I  know  that  the  tank  size  is  small.  But  next  week  i  am  getting  a  4  X  2  X  2  and  thats  going  to  be  their  eventual  home.  The  Tank  has  just  been  siliconed  today  and  will  take  another  5  days  for  curing  and  then  2/3days  for  testing  for  leakages  and  durability.  So  in  about  10  days  their  new  home  would  be  read.
 
 For  water  changes,  I  use  pre-areated  water.  Everyday  i  fill  a  drum  of  100Ltrs  and  areate  the  water  for  24hours.  So  that  water  goes  into  the  discus  tank  and  new  water  goes  into  the  drum  getting  ready  for  the  next  water  change.
 
 Well  i  am  the  source  of  the  blood  worms  and  i  am  sorry  i  was  refering  to  freeze  dried  blood  worms.  My  Bad.Havent  fed  them  yet.  But  if  you  experts  give  me  a  go  ahead  only  then  i  will.
 
 Unfortunately  GHM  and  BHM  is  impossible  for  me  to  get  in  the  house.  Then  it  will  either  be  me  or  the  discus  or  both  of  us  out  of  the  house.  Crying or Very sad  
 
 Yes  i  am  aware  of  the  raising  the  temp  and  the  salt  method  and  have  them  with  me  for  any  situation.   Currently  my  tank  temp  is  between  32  to  30deg.  day/night.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:08 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nash,
 
 You  have  overtaken  me  in  getting  discus  from  Mr.  Shiva.  It  is  the  best  source.  Good  Luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:23 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Compared  to  marine,  discus  is  a  completely  different  ball  game.  All  the  best  on  your  new  venture.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:54 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

                                                   
ilango_slk  wrote  (View  Post):                
Compared  to  marine,  discus  is  a  completely  different  ball  game.  All  the  best  on  your  new  venture.                

 
 Thanks  ...  I  am  completely  aware  of  this  ...which  is  why  it  fascinated  me...
 
 
 @  Venkey  
 
 Well  but  you  are  far  ahead  of  me  in  keeping  the  discus  so  you  can  share  your  experience  there
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:20 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Nirav  Shah,
 
 Welcome  to  the  gang   Cheering   Clapping  
 
 all  the  best  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:18 pm Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Thanks  clive  !!  ..will  look  forward  to  your  guidance.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:50 pm Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nirav,
 
 Welcome  to  the  world  of  discus  madness.
 I  have  taken  Supermelons  from  the  same  batch,  just  a  week  before  you  did,  from  Shiva  da.  My  fishes  are  doing  great.(touchwood)
 Mr.  Shiva  Nair  has  sent  me  excellent  fishes  and  must  admit  they  were  in  excellent  condition  when  i  received  them  in  kolkata.  Thank  you  Shiva  -da.
 Will  post  a  separate  thread  on  my  fishes  as  soon  as  i  get  time.
 
 My  observation  is  that  the  super  melons  are  readily  accepting  Hikari  food,  so  try  feeding  them  the  same.
 I  am  feeding  Hikari  and  BHM  alternatively.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:35 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hello  Nirav,  
 
 Welcome  to  the  world  of  King  of  Fish  -  DISCUS.  
 
 I  also  collect  some  Super  melons,  Checkerboard  &  Calico  from  the  same  batch  last  week  from  Shiva.
 
 As  per  Quality  concern  I  think  they  really  fantastic  and  the  bloodline  is  really  good.  
 
 
 Wish  U  all  the  best…
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:45 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Thanks  Abhis,  I  have  zero  quality  concerns...  I  am  100%  certain  Shiva  would  always  send  all  his  customers  the  best.  I  would  highly  recommend  him.
 
 My  concerns  are  more  to  do  with  how  well  i  can  maintain  them.
 
 Anyways  just  an  update.  The  4  footer  tank  is  cured  and  will  go  under  testing  this  week.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:59 am Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Nirav,
 
 All  the  best  for  raising  the  discus  batch...  I  am  sure  they  would  turn  out  to  be  great  specimens   Thumbs Up  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:59 pm Post subject: Re: Freshwater World Again !! ....Discus it is ! Reply with quote

 Congrats  Nirav!!!
 
 All  the  best  on  your  new  venture.
 
 Hoping  to  get  started  on  my  marine  set  up  at  the  earliest.
 
 Cheers!!
 
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 Pictures!  Pictures!  Pictures!!!
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