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Old 12-08-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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Skittish discus

I recently got a few discus and they are all skittish while I'm in the room. I want to kno what is a good fish to make them not skittish(dither)
Maybe something different than the normal cardinal and rummynose because they are very expensive near me.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:22 PM   #2
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You can do German Blue Rams, Glowlight tetras, Black Neon tetras, Black Phantom tetras, and a few other types of tetras. The thing is you need to research to see what dither fish can tolerate the higher temps discus are kept in. Fish like German Blue Rams love the higher heat.
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You can do German Blue Rams, Glowlight tetras, Black Neon tetras, Black Phantom tetras, and a few other types of tetras. The thing is you need to research to see what dither fish can tolerate the higher temps discus are kept in. Fish like German Blue Rams love the higher heat.
Thanks for the fast reply! So will the gbrs make my discus less skittish?
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They can help but discus feel much more secure if there is a little school of some type of dither fish swimming around in the open. This to the discus indicates there are no predators around and it's safe to come out and swim.
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They can help but discus feel much more secure if there is a little school of some type of dither fish swimming around in the open. This to the discus indicates there are no predators around and it's safe to come out and swim.
So could I add maybe a small dither school AND 4-5 German blue rams?
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Rams don't school and tend to stay low in the tank. If your tank is heavily planted you could do two pairs but I'd still suggest some type of mid-level schooling fish.
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Rams don't school and tend to stay low in the tank. If your tank is heavily planted you could do two pairs but I'd still suggest some type of mid-level schooling fish.
Such as what you mentioned earlier?or even smaller?
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The ones mentioned earlier along with cardinals and rummy's are tetra's I know that can handle the higher temps.
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The ones mentioned earlier along with cardinals and rummy's are tetra's I know that can handle the higher temps.
Thank you! I will look on aquabid tonight for some discus dithers and gbrs!
What is a reasonable price for gbrs each? And for rummynose? Or cardinals?
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I would recommend beckfordi's pencilfish. I use them as dithers with my festivums. IMO they are more interesting to watch than tetras.
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