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  1. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Wow! Your Angels are beautiful @DecoyCat , and getting so big!! I’m amazed at how they’ve become identifiable Angels so fast! That’s a lot of ‘finnage’ for them to grow! Love your Discus video, too! Your Turq is really impressive, and I’m so glad Ranga seems to have gotten over whatever was...
  2. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Well, I never found any eggs, so I guess mine were just practicing cleaning a spot and doing ‘the shimmy’ :) I saw the egg tube on one, so at least I know which one is female, now. I know from what you guys have been experiencing that these two are nowhere near ready to be parents, but it’s...
  3. BarbaraLocke

    120 Discus Build

    Well, I’m a complete newbie with Discus, and I rely on everyone’s support trying to keep mine healthy, so we’re all on this journey together! When I was ordering my second batch I wanted a couple of the white ones, but they were out of stock. Seeing yours makes me think that maybe in the...
  4. BarbaraLocke

    Help Dwarf Gourami Sick

    That’s great, @Stoppelc ! it’s amazing how missing just one water change can affect sensitive fish, like gouramis. Please keep us posted - he’s a beautiful fish!
  5. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Boy, I’m not sure what the best dither fish would be that might calm them down, because the new ones would be a little skittish at first, too! Maybe a small school of common Hatchets? They have been mentioned before as good dither fish for Discus, and they’re carnivores, so they’d eat the same...
  6. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    I answered on your 120 Build thread @RollaPear, but I‘m also going to post the link to the article here, so others can read it Hole in the Head (HITH) and Head and Lateral Line Erosion (HLLE) in Aquarium Fish. So glad you aren’t dealing with either! Lol! I think the site builder needs to check...
  7. BarbaraLocke

    120 Discus Build

    I’m responding to you here, @RollaPear, so you can keep all your HITH info in one thread. I would have said the same thing as @coralbandit after looking at your pix, as I’ve never noticed these spots on my Discus. So glad it’s not HITH, or anything to worry about! And I’m so glad @86 ssinit...
  8. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Well, gang, I missed a bunch of posts and then the site was locked, so I’m going to try to catch up!! Welcome @RollaPear ! Your Discus are beautiful! So relieved your tanks are now cycled @DecoyCat, and Ranga has gotten better!! They’re all looking great!! How big are the Angel babies, now...
  9. BarbaraLocke

    Unknown Algae - Help

    Thanks @coralbandit ! I didn’t know Fenbendazole killed hydra! It’s a miracle med for sure!
  10. BarbaraLocke

    Betta Fish Is Sick - Help!

    Well, that’s great news!! I hope he continues to get better! You can clean you plastic plants, etc., in the water you remove from the tank before you dump it, and wipe the inside of the glass with a paper towel if you see any algae starting to grow. Swishing the plants around in the water...
  11. BarbaraLocke

    Unknown Algae - Help

    I doubt it, and you should keep your filter running to kill the hydra that have gotten into it, or you’ll just reintroduce them into your tank. You can always add some Stability or QuickStart afterwards, to help your tank recover, if you’re concerned. Just about all the chemicals that will kill...
  12. BarbaraLocke

    Betta Fish Is Sick - Help!

    Probably, not, as filter manufactures know that people equate crystal clear water with healthy water (untrue), and pre-made cartridges all have it. If you’re a bit handy, you can always cut open a used cartridge (sometimes you can just break the bottom out), remove the filter media that’s in...
  13. BarbaraLocke

    Betta Fish Is Sick - Help!

    Just to clarify - you said you removed the filter, but you should always have filtration. If you meant to say you removed the charcoal from the filter, then you did just fine! Lots of people, myself included, never use charcoal except to remove meds, then take it back out.
  14. BarbaraLocke

    Betta Fish Is Sick - Help!

    One thing I noticed you said is that you have charcoal in the filter. Any meds that you would add to that tank would be quickly removed by the charcoal - so you might want to replace it with some other type of filter media if you are going to go the medication route. I agree with @PascalKrypt...
  15. BarbaraLocke

    Unknown Algae - Help

    This looks to me like a major infestation of hydra, not algae. They will not harm larger fish, but will prey on fry and small fish. There are some fish that will eat hydra, but obviously you don’t have any in your tank:( The best way, IMHO, to get rid of an infestation this large would be...
  16. BarbaraLocke

    Help Dwarf Gourami Sick

    Your water looks very cloudy, so I’d start with a big water change. Columnaris thrives in poor water conditions. It’s hard to tell in your pix because of the cloudy water, but if it is columnaris Furan-2 or Terramycin is used to treat it. The most important thing to do right away is change...
  17. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Oh no! I’m awfully sorry @jmaldo :( It’s bad enough to lose one when it just doesn’t thrive, but yours were doing so well! I’ve been busier than a one armed paper hanger these last couple of weeks, and this morning I found myself walking over to the microwave to put the orange juice away...
  18. BarbaraLocke

    Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

    Beautiful!! And so glad the two new ones don’t seem any the worse for their shipping disaster!
  19. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    I think I’ve found the right amount of Wonder Shell to add to the 75g Discus tank @coralbandit - I broke a medium size in half (or there about) and the tds is reading 138 about 24 hrs after a big WC. I also got a couple pix of the Turqs near the paper ruler. I tricked them holding the bag of...
  20. BarbaraLocke

    Angel Fry Growing Up

    Omg, they are sooo adorable! :) Great idea to add some Cory’s to do the floors!
  21. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    I read about that, too, with Cory’s - even a short ride from your LFS can be a disaster if one gets too stressed. Thanks for the advice! I actually took one piece of wonder shell out after getting a reading of 280 something the day after I had done a 50% WC. What do you think is a good # to...
  22. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Well, when I thought the Turqs might be a pair I figured they could have the 50g all to themselves (the other 10 are in the 75g), but now that it looks like they’re not a pair I got thinking that adding more discus to their tank would keep the aggression from getting out of control. And, you...
  23. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Lol! I’m about to do the same! Maybe today the Turqs will cooperate, and let me get some pix :emoji_fingers_crossed: I’m beginning to believe that they both either male or female, as I’m seeing some aggression, now. No one has become the obvious boss, and they still eat together without any...
  24. BarbaraLocke

    Angel Fry Growing Up

    Good morning @DecoyCat, I hope you’ve been able to get caught up after the loss of your Nan! It’s a good thing I checked your thread, as I didn’t get any alerts to your last updates :( It’s amazing how quickly the fry are growing, and now look like real Angel fish! What a rollercoaster you’ve...
  25. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Ok, @jmaldo , where’s the pix?:)
  26. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    I wonder if the parental slime has some protective antibodies like colostrum in first milk? If so, then Discus are another step up the ladder....and while we have figured out milk replacers for many animals, and successfully raise a lot who missed out on that first colostrum, they still tend to...
  27. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Jeez @86 ssinit , that’s terrible! Now that I know UPS won’t deliver wet packages, I’ll be sure to find out if a supplier uses a styrofoam box inside their cardboard box, and if not I’ll buy from someone else! I wonder what UPS would have done with the fish since they were trying to cover...
  28. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    If you add the Cory’s now, they can be the welcome party (literally) for the 2 new Discus! :;bananahi:;bananawater:;bananaguitar Woo Hoo!! This is amazing! You’ve only had Discus for a few months, and already you’ve got eggs to the point of wrigglers!! Keep us posted - this is better than TV...
  29. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Lol!! Sounds like the Bandit’s ‘lets see if I can hatch these eggs’ switch got flipped! Why am I not surprised?! :) @86 ssinit - Can’t wait to see pix of your new additions! Maybe you should add the Cory’s now so they can have a little while to get used to the higher temp?
  30. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    So sorry that you’ve lost your Nan @DecoyCat . I’m sure the fish will be fine for a few days. I’m looking forward to seeing pix of the baby Angels - they must be so cute now that they are looking like Angels! Congratulations @coralbandit on another spawn! Lol, I have HOB’s on all my tanks...
  31. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Lol!! I don’t blame you - those Discus are gorgeous!!
  32. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Thanks @86 ssinit ! They’re sold as ‘up to’ 2”. The 2 Golden’s were only a little bigger than these 3 when I got them, but they’ve grown fast! The PB’s were the only true 2 inches out of the 6, and they are still the largest. Yesterday the little ones were all stress bars, and I couldn’t...
  33. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Lol! It’s always hard for me to tell from pix unless there’s a familiar object to measure against! That’s why I taped a 6” paper ruler to my Discus tanks. Of course they don’t come to rest close to the glass above or below the ruler very often, and distance can skew the the whole thing, but...
  34. BarbaraLocke

    The Han’s Experience!

    Ditto!!
  35. BarbaraLocke

    The Han’s Experience!

    80 feet in the air!? Either you’re a high lineman or a rock climber! They’re all gorgeous, @Thedudeiam94 !!
  36. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    The new ones will probably get here on Tuesday, if things go like last time, so pix soon! This is going to be *it* for me.....I hope!
  37. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Well, I only wanted to get ‘companions’ for the 3 that are the only one of that kind I have now Gee, you’re right - I just checked the iFish site, and he’s just changed the wording a bit! Better to get them now, when they’ll all be about the same age/size - and the weather is good for...
  38. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    They’re all looking great, Sabrina! I just adore Teeny and Tiny :emoji_heart_eyes: ! And, hey, you just got them, so you got more, too :emoji_slight_smile: !
  39. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Keep us posted! I just ordered some more Metro to have on hand now that I’m getting 3 more. So far there doesn’t seem to be anyone standing out as weaker than the rest, but I’ve only had the 7 in my big tank a little over a month?
  40. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    I am so sorry to hear you’ve lost #7, Joe I know you’re giving them the best environment! In the wild I’m sure the mortality rate is much higher, as they are part of the food chain after all. Mother Nature is not the benign ‘force’ we like to imagine - she’s a pretty hard b!/@#, sometimes...
  41. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    I only have 2 Discus in my 55g, so I do 50-75% WC’s every other day, but my 75g has 7 young Discus that are eating a lot, so I siphon the bottom every day, and do at least a 50% WC every other day. Lol!! I shouldn’t laugh, though, since I just ordered 3 more from iFish so that I will have 2 of...
  42. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    Ahhh, another one has been bitten by the Discus Bug! :dead:
  43. BarbaraLocke

    Angel Fry Growing Up

    Wow! They’re really growing - and in the first video they look like they were coming to see you! Thanks for making this thread so we can watch them grow up!
  44. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    They’re all beautiful, @DecoyCat !! It didn’t take long for Tiny to settle in and approve the menu!
  45. BarbaraLocke

    Trials And Tribulations Again?

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you can get a small tank for treating Ranga, and that she’ll recover :emoji_fingers_crossed::emoji_thermometer_face:! Once their immune system gets compromised, the problems can cascade, and then you’ve got to decide which pathogen to fight first if the meds...
  46. BarbaraLocke

    Discus Gang Updates

    How in the world would you clean that tank? :emoji_astonished: I actually had one in my 50g, but the cats started playing with it, and I didn’t want them to get tangled in it and pull the hood off the tank - to say nothing of scaring the Discus!
  47. BarbaraLocke

    Trials And Tribulations Again?

    Oh, Sabrina, this sounds so much like what was going on with my Outcast! I think it was @jmaldo who posted the link to the Discus NADA page on classifying Discus colors (if not, my apologies and thanks to whoever it was), and after reading that very helpful article, I explored the site...
  48. BarbaraLocke

    Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

    Thanks @86 ssinit! Took a nice trip down memory lane re-reading the beginning of the thread. Getting into Discus with you guys has been the highlight of my summer!
  49. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    They’re obviously on a mission @jmaldo ! I think you may have to live with that divider for the foreseeable future!
  50. BarbaraLocke

    Jmaldo's Discus Build

    Wow! That’s only 2 days since they ate the eggs from the earlier spawn! They’re obviously intent on making this work!




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