Discus In My 125.

86 ssinit

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A201

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Very nice looking community & aquascape. I'm happy to see a Discus tank with a gravel substrate. It seems that a lot of Discus keepers go the bare sterile route w/ no substrate. Never really understood why.
 

Thedudeiam94

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Move your log up and to the left some! Lol it would look a lot better!
 
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86 ssinit

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Lol I have another one that going there. It’s being cleaned up in the shrimp tank. .
 

coralbandit

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They look good !
 

kallililly1973

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Looks awesome!!
 

nikm128

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A201 said:
Very nice looking community & aquascape. I'm happy to see a Discus tank with a gravel substrate. It seems that a lot of Discus keepers go the bare sterile route w/ no substrate. Never really understood why.
I don't really understand why either, whether you're sucking food and poop off the glass or out of the gravel, you're still sucking it up. I also have a gravel bottom
 

jmaldo

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I like it.
Nice job, now kick back and enjoy.
But first, how about a list of the Plants, Inhabitants and Ferts used..
 
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86 ssinit

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jmaldo said:
I like it.
Nice job, now kick back and enjoy.
But first, how about a list of the Plants, Inhabitants and Ferts used..
Sorry mixed up threads and answered that in the other thread.


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Close ups of the discus.
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And all together
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Dawn Michele

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HI Tom!!! Hope all is well!!! Your tank & fish look INCREDIBLE!!!!
 
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86 ssinit

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coralbandit

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They sure look good and happy..
And your plants seem to be basically outstanding !
NICE !
 

jmaldo

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Beautiful! Seeing your Planted tank is causing a familiar itch.
I want one. LOL
Seriously though, I have always kept planted tanks.
You might have mentioned in another thread but... how often/amount of water changes are you doing? Also, with the substrate and plants, how difficult and what amount of time are you spending cleaning?
 
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86 ssinit

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I’m in a good place at the moment. Been working an overnight shift. So I’m around during the day to take care of the fish . I’m doing 50% water changes almost every other day. Weekends it may go a day longer. Vacuuming the gravel at every water change. Running an fx6 and it’s a beast. Water has been very good. Spending about a hour on water changes.

Also have 3 other tanks that I’m keeping up with. All but one doing great. That one just keeps clouding up and I can’t figure it out. Think it’s the driftwood I put in there. 2 big pieces that were for the 125. But with the way there clouding the 30 there not going anywhere. Water changing that tank 2-3 times a week too.
Will put some pics up of the other tank later .
 

Dawn Michele

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HI Tom!!! Your tank & fish look INCREDIBLE!!!
 
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86 ssinit

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My other tanks .
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This is my 90 it’s 2 yrs old. But the fish came from a pair of 30s. The fish are between 3 and 6 yrs old. The gold ram below the clown loach is 6 and has been in a temp of 78 it’s whole life.
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My 15 gal cherry shrimp tank. These guys clean all plants from the other tanks that get any algae growing on them. Also any plant struggling grow like crazy in here.
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And this is my problem tank. Allways cloudy. Not sure what’s up. Water is fine so I’m guessing it’s those 2 pieces of driftwood are doing it. There are some cherry shrimp there. See the lobster sized one where the wood meets.

tank cleaned up .

Tank cleaned up .
 

Thedudeiam94

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Discus have grown beautifully! Keep up the good work!
 

RollaPear

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Finally!!!

It took me a minute to navigate my way to it but I've finally found your thread lol. Thanks a great tank and discus. I'm envious of the plant growth. Is it possible to get a full plant list so that I can try a few out for myself? I really appreciate the warm welcome and info ssinit!
 
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86 ssinit

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Thanks I have another thread going called starting a 125 discus tank. A lot more pics there.
 

coralbandit

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RollaPear said:
Finally!!!

It took me a minute to navigate my way to it but I've finally found your thread lol. Thanks a great tank and discus. I'm envious of the plant growth. Is it possible to get a full plant list so that I can try a few out for myself? I really appreciate the warm welcome and info ssinit!
Navigating new sites is rough ..
You can use the @ symbol followed by user name [no space in-between] to call them out if you need ..
We even have a thread https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/discus-gang-updates.420110/ lots of discus fun there too.
 
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86 ssinit

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Just another video .
 

Corydork

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I‘m not gonna lie, I’ve never been a huge discus fan until I saw some of your discus. They look amazing! Thanks for sharing them.
 
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86 ssinit

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StarGirl

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Discus are amazing! Nice tank!
 
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86 ssinit

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Yet another video .
 

jake37

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I'm curious for a future build - how many times a week do you have to clean out the poop or do water changes ? I'm presuming your discus are quite young. Also do you feed them flakes, pellets, frozen food or ?
 
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86 ssinit

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These guys are 8 months old I got them at 2” now they are mostly 4.5-6”. I change the water now every 3 days. When new I changed the water every other day. I been feeding them freeze dried black worm mostly. Than I have a mixture of flake foods,frozen bloodworms and brime shrimp and frozen beef heart that I feed only on water change day. It does get messy.
 
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86 ssinit

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A couple of new videos of the Discus and other tanks. Including my new Pygmy Cory’s. Who even though there’s 8 don’t school .
 

jake37

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I thought pygmy cory prefer temps int he mid 70's and discus in the 80's - is there a type of pygmy that will do well in the 80's ?

86 ssinit said:
A couple of new videos of the Discus and other tanks. Including my new Pygmy Cory’s. Who even though there’s 8 don’t school .
 
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86 ssinit

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My Pygmy Cory’s . No there not schooling there eating.

Sorry jake37 they are in my shrimp tank. But it’s at 80 and there doing fine.

My community tank with my newish blue angels. And yes there are 3 angels in there .
 

coralbandit

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86 ssinit said:
Including my new Pygmy Cory’s. Who even though there’s 8 don’t school .
Unschooling cories huh ?

86 ssinit said:
And yes there are 3 angels in there .
Three angles ?

You better hope no one calls the fish police ..
I'd vouch for you but not sure that would help or harm !
You are out of control !
 
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86 ssinit

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Yeah I’m just a rule breaker . Did I mention I don’t test either . Yeah and I’ve been had with the whole Cory’s schooling thing. I’ve got 10 with the discus 9in the community and 8 pygmys in the shrimp tank and all of them act exactly like the 3 in my 29. Yes it’s a wholesalers gimmick to get us to buy more!! Only time any of mine can be seen together is at feeding time. Either that or the darn pet stores are selling me all the drop outs. Maybe they’ll form a gang!!
 

coralbandit

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86 ssinit said:
Yeah I’m just a rule breaker . Did I mention I don’t test either .
I hope my clown loaches and I have not been a bad example on you !
I have been second guessing my oldest for the last 12 years ??
Do you think I'll be alright ?
 

jake37

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I'm glad to see your sae loves to swim like mine. Curious bold little beast.

86 ssinit said:
My Pygmy Cory’s . No there not schooling there eating.

Sorry jake37 they are in my shrimp tank. But it’s at 80 and there doing fine.

My community tank with my newish blue angels. And yes there are 3 angels in there .
 

StarGirl

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86 ssinit said:
Yeah I’m just a rule breaker . Did I mention I don’t test either . Yeah and I’ve been had with the whole Cory’s schooling thing. I’ve got 10 with the discus 9in the community and 8 pygmys in the shrimp tank and all of them act exactly like the 3 in my 29. Yes it’s a wholesalers gimmick to get us to buy more!! Only time any of mine can be seen together is at feeding time. Either that or the darn pet stores are selling me all the drop outs. Maybe they’ll form a gang!!
I had 6 Jullis before and they all did their own thing all the time. I want some angels but I have too many little fish right now....and the Rams.
 

jake37

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I've had a few fishes that behave differently based on school size. Though my clown loaches still hide all the time even though i'm up to 5. One of my gold zebra jumped out and they stopped playing in the open (I had 7 now 6). I'm trying to remember which fish hid all the time and then came out when I upped the number - clearly not the sterbaI or kuhlI (the 2 I have in a 29 never hide but the 12 I have in the 120 never come out). Hum. Maybe I need fewer to make them feel safer ?
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I don't want to say my pygmy school but when I see them out they frequently come out in groups of 5ish. I'm not sure how many I still have - I know I have at least 8 but I might have as many as 15 - too many hiding places in that tank. Occasionally they will come out in a group of 5 to 8 and swim together mid tank but not frequently when I am watching. I keep mine at 76 - I picked up 7 orange laser to join them... I hope they like each other.
 
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86 ssinit

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Well I guess mine caught that last video and were insulted!
Yeah see we can school! May be the start of a gang? Shrimp better watch out!
 

jmaldo

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Beautiful Tanks and fish.
 
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86 ssinit

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jmaldo said:
Beautiful Tanks and fish.
Thanks! Sorry to here you got rid of a pair. Are you going to keep the last ones? Will you be getting more?
 
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86 ssinit

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In July I put up some pics of my new discus having just entered the 125. So here are some pics of them now and in the same order. Unforunatly the first pic is the one I lost. But I never put up a pick of its sibling so it first.
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next are the first 2 discus I bought.
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The one above and the one 4 back are those dirty pigeon bloods. They have some real black in them. It’s not peppering it’s black.
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86 ssinit

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And now the 1 I missed first time around and the US 2.
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these last 2 are very hard to get good pics of.
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86 ssinit

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Tank has a black background. That’s all I can guess. Pigeons pepper with a dark substrate or background.
 

Amazoniantanklvr

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But they aren't all pigeons
 
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86 ssinit

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Yes those with the peppering are all from the pigeon strain. The pinkish blue ones are silver pigeon bloods and the orange ones are snakeskin pigeons and the dirty guys are too. You don’t see it on the blues the brown or red.
 

Amazoniantanklvr

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Oh, the dirty guy looked just regular snakeskin.
 
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86 ssinit

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Funny thing is I have cherry shrimp in there. All I’ve put in there are reds. But I’ve seen solid black. I’ve removed some blues and even seen a green. So that black background definitely changes the red color. I have 2 cherry shrimp tanks and have never seen any of those colors.
 

Amazoniantanklvr

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Always loved your turqs!
 

A201

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I agree with Amazoniantanklvr My favorites are the Turquoise High Fins.
Awsome collection.
 
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86 ssinit

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Yes that was the color I was going with from Hans. The orange ones are suppose to be red snakeskins and the pinkish ones were silver pigeon bloods. But they are his dark angel discus. Good looking fish but not what I was expecting. As to the turquoise they are Flachen snakeskins. So what you see isn’t what you get from Hans.
 
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86 ssinit

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Some pics using my Nikon .
 

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