Are They Worth $39.99?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Forums' started by Eirelav_mcgoo, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Eirelav_mcgoo

    Eirelav_mcgooValued MemberMember

    Saw two discus at my local fish shop. They looked so sad and pitiful. Are they worth saving for $40 a piece?
     

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  2. kallililly1973

    kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    I don't own discus but they don't seem to be in too bad of shape. Do you have a large tank to care for them?
     
  3. NC122606

    NC122606Well Known MemberMember

    It really depends on what type they are, if you can find out the type we might be able to know if they are work it.
     
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    Eirelav_mcgoo

    Eirelav_mcgooValued MemberMember

    Yes, gotta love cell phones and fat fingers. I have fixed the title ✌ I did ask but they couldn't give me any more info other than them being discus.
     
  5. NC122606

    NC122606Well Known MemberMember

    Hey, @nikm128 can you ID this Discus?
     
  6. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Unfortunately I can't put my finger on it. Definitely a hybrid of 2-3 fish there.
    What I can say though, is that they're definitely worth it, they might not look as good but you'd be paying 1/2-1/3 the cost you would directly from a breeder. Do you have a setup that can support them?
     
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    Eirelav_mcgoo

    Eirelav_mcgooValued MemberMember

    I was thinking about it. I have a 55g community but have lost some fish to the cats, trying to convince the bf we should get a couple more larger peaceful fish but after reading up on their parameters i think my tank is not suited. They're absolutely beautiful fish though and I'd love to see what they would look like in better conditions.
     
  8. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, even just the high temperature they need rules out a pretty massive number of fish to go with them. Other than that they aren't too different in needs depending on what you want from them as adults.
    In a 55 you could probably do a few Angels though, they're really only aggressive within their species in my experience.
     
  9. Coptapia

    CoptapiaWell Known MemberMember

    Shop bought discus are risky at best, and if they’re looking sorry for themselves I’d stay clear of them. Those two really need pristine water and a group. Anything less and your chances of saving them probably aren’t great, imo.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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    Eirelav_mcgoo

    Eirelav_mcgooValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the tips everyone.
     
  11. RobM

    RobMValued MemberMember

    They look stunted to me. You can tell by the ratio of eye size compared to the rest of the head. I would pass and try to find better stock. discuseye.jpg