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Old 09-13-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
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Discus ID please and urgent help.

What kind of discus breed is this?

https://youtu.be/tVnw4dhQUV8

It belongs to a friend of mine who had to leave suddenly for two weeks and i am suppose to take care of this pair.

I put them in my tank. Tank temperature is 80F and i can't raise more because don't want to fry my HC. Tank is 16 gallon which i know is small for them. They are adults and almost size of my palm but please have a look if there is enough space for them. I made a video to give you some idea.

https://youtu.be/EuWJo8SJrwk

Here are few questions please.

1) What kind of discus this is? Doesn't look like red melon as red melons are more red. They have same colors with him as well so its not that there colors are faded with stress or something.

2) I have harlequin rasboras which are not very skittish but fast. I switched siamese algae eater to my other tank to not cause discus any stress because siamese may suddenly become very fast. So now tank have 9 harlequins and 3 dwarf rams. Rams I am not worried about as they are ok with discus. Please let me know if harlequins are ok with discus?

3) I know they are super finicky eaters. What and how i can feed them and how often. How to induce there appetite to eat if they don't eat? I do have some terta discus bits in my stock which i feed to angels. Shall i try that or something else?

4) how many times i need to change water and how much?

5) They don't seem stressed even though the tank is small and they are swimming and moving all around tank and swimming together. But please let me know if any special precautions i need to take.

6) Are they fine with pressurized co2?

Please help. Thanks

(PS: Please don't say me about animal abuse as i know they need to be in groups and require bigger tanks but i could let them to fish store where they would be highly stressed so I took them to my home)
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They were washed out red melons. Now they're probably dead
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Who in their right mind hands that pair over and says good luck. Thanks for the efforts haha
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They were washed out red melons. Now they're probably dead
How come they grew this bigger if they are washed out means something not right with them. But he bought them like this and with him for many months and he had them same colors since forever. Poor diet?
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I bought some bright red and a couple washed out like that?? Breeders have all types of tricks for coloring discus. I feed all my strains the same thing. Could be poor genetics too.
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I bought some bright red and a couple washed out like that?? Breeders have all types of tricks for coloring discus. I feed all my strains the same thing. Could be poor genetics too.
Yes could be or maybe they didn't get proper diet. Well can you please reply to questions i asked above specially about there diet. I get very worried when a fish doesn't eat. For how long it is acceptable for a new discus to not eat? Also please reply to my other questions. Thanks.
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No, if you had done any research prior to accepting these discus youd know everything you've done is horribly wrong.
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So nothing I can say will make it ok or save these fish. You already signed their death certificate
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So nothing I can say will make it ok or save these fish. You already signed their death certificate
Maybe you don't know how locals here treat fish. If i wouldn't have offered help these fish would have been neglected and was without food or maximum would have been in fish store where they change water once a month which i confirmed from them. But ok thanks for your help. Much appreciated. I ll still do my best to keep them alive and THRIVE because i have seen at stores they are kept even in 10 gallons and stays there for weeks till a buyer comes. I ll try my best to make them live.
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"It belongs to a friend of mine who had to leave suddenly for two weeks and i am suppose to take care of this pair."
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