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Old 06-23-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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How many discus could I put in a 56 gallon column tank?
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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My guess is between 3-5 mid size ones... Or a pair of fully grown... There will most likley be different opinions
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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Not planning any just yet. I would be happy w a pair, but I keep reading that u should get at least 5 or 6.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:50 PM   #4
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A pair IMO. The footprint of the 56 column is the same as a standard 29 gallon... so IMO you should stock it as a 29 gallon.
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30x18x24 ... A pair sounds good. I still have a ways to go, but would 2 be ok? I heard u need more like 5-6.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:06 AM   #6
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30x18... my apologies, that does make a bit of a difference normally. Standard 29 is 30x12 so I definitely stand corrected! Not that I am any sort of discus expert, but the length of that tank (IMO) really only lends itself to a pair purchased as a pair - discus are cichlids, after all, and even a group of young fish will have a tendency to be nasty toward one another when kept in a small space. Again, jmo.
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My discus never fight I have 4 and plan to add a fifth soon I always heard no less then five they are highly social so I would say u prob need a bigger or at least longer tank I'm guessing a column tank is tall right not long? They are my favorite fishies!
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Not planning any just yet. I would be happy w a pair, but I keep reading that u should get at least 5 or 6.
I would get 5-6 juvies and wait till a pair develops naturally them sell the remaining fish, add a small school of tetras and some sterbai corys and call it stocked.
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Cool. I appreciate the help. I don't think I could afford a bunch. I would probably start with a couple. I most likely will have to wait a while. I am just doing my due diligence. But a boy can dream huh..?. My column tank would look sweet with some of those bad boys swimming around in there, but I want them to be happy / healthy. What about hatchets?
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First I wouldn't buy from a LFS due to the ridiculous cost, I would look at local breeders and fish clubs in your area. I can get spectular juvies for $10-30 each as opposed to a $100+ and you local store.
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If you're only going to keep 2 make sure you buy an actually breeding pair if its just 2 random Discus it won't result good
If you start with juvies I'd advice to go with a bare bottom tank
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I wouldn't buy just 2-3 juvies only! I made this mistake before and one will just about always be heavily bullied and in my case one died and the. The other 2 fought non stop.

They can still be territorial with larger groups but it Reduces the chances of just one getting harassed.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #13
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I see. I have had angelfish before. Would u say they are similar in that regard? In that I mean pairing off and then bullying. From what I was reading I thought they were more of a schooling fish.
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Not quite! None of my current discus have paired off but out of the 6 the majority can get quite territorial as they establish their pecking order.

I have been told this is common for young discus do if you get 5-6 it reduces the likelihood that just one fish takes all the bullying.

Strangely I have had angelfish a couple of times and have never had them fight with each other or anything else. I suppose sometimes it's just luck of the fish you get!
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How long have u had them... How old?
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I have had my recent ones for 3 months and they are probably only 6 months old!

The last ones I had died after about 6 months during a house move as they don't move well!
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I've been seriously considering converting my 56 to a discus tank for the past few days. Glad I found this thread, ill be following. Good luck to you man. Post some pics when u get things going.
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