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Old 01-08-2009, 05:09 PM   #11
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Anything I own is always worth the price to me. It's not hard for me to spend that kind of money since discus have relatively long lifespans and should live 10 years or more on average if proper care is given. Plus, they are more of a "pet" like a dog or cat. Mine are already eating out of my hand and the ones in my community tank are all so used to me that I can actually "hold them" in the water and they seem to actually like it. Discus are definitely one of the smarter fish and are capable of higher level thinking from what I have seen. They are more enjoyable to have than something like a tank full of Endlers or dwarf shirmp, which I have many of. I basically use those tanks to pay for my discus, rams, angels, etc. Even if they don't spawn, which is pretty doutbful that they don't eventually, they will have a place in my community tank or will make excellent fish for someone's tank should I decide to sell them when they are larger.
alright. sounds good. And the fish look good How big of a tank do discus need anyway? like 60 gallons?
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:32 PM   #12
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It depends on what you have. They should be kept in groups no less than 5-6 unless you have a breeding pair. A full grown breeding pair can easily be kept in a 20H, though I'd go with a 29g. Full grown adults need about 10 gallons per fish. I really think the minimum tank for adult discus to work would be a 75g. You could do 5 adults in a 55g, some would say 6 adults, but there just isn't the swimming room IMO. A 55g is a perfect tank to grow out up to 10 discus to about 5.5" before moving them over to a larger tank.
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wow. too me thats alot. Maybe i'll get some in 5 years when i move out of my house. On Jan. 14 i'll be one step closer. My 14 B-day. and just depends on which way you look at it.
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Wow BS, they are just beautiful. I have discus envy.

I'm planning my first attempt into the discus world later in the year when my 4x2x2 gets going. I hope you don't mind if I beg for guidance. In the meantime, can you recommend a good book?
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:53 AM   #15
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A good book that every discus owner should have on hand is the 1992 Discus Annual #1 by TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist). There are articles in there from people like Jack Wattley, Wayne NG, and quite a few others that are very knowledgeable on discus. It's a good reference to have on hand. I just got mine a month ago and it is filled with great info, even though it was put out in the early 90's. The discus experts all say that the keeping of discus hasn't changed any in the past 50 years and that the magazine is a great learning tool...they are right!

A great source for discus information would be www.simplydiscus.com/forum . Experts and enthusiasts from all over the world gather there to share knowledge and to ask questions. You should definitely check it out before you decide to take the plunge into the world of discus. You will quikly gain knowledge just by browsing through old threads. I've got no problem with you asking me questions either. You can send me a PM on here or on that site as well (same username) with any question you may have. If I don't know the answer, I may know someone that does. As far as buying your discus, there is a sponsor of the Simply Discus website that is located in Townsville, Queensland that would be your best bet for healthy fish. He imports from the top Asian breeders and does a little breeding of his own. He should be able to ship to you.
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Thanks BS. I'm only recently became a member of SimplyDiscus, and have been lurking over there a bit already. Great forum, and I've learned heaps so far! Still got a long way to go though.

I have gotton into the habit of asking experienced discus keepers for a "good book" reference. I'ts often recommended that a book is a good place to start, but I dont know which are good and which aren't so good, so thanks.
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