Discus mucus. Question 

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Hey Fishlore people!

Does any of you know if a discus will still produce mucus when it has just laid eggs and the eggs are eaten by other fish?

If the answer is yes, won't the other fish peck at the discus to eat the mucus themselves?

The eggs could have hatched as well and when the babies came out, they could have be eaten but the parents could still produce mucus and other fish can peck at them. Am I right?
 

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Partially yes. They always have some of a "slime coat" on. They should only start producing heavy mucus though once the eggs begin to hatch. You'll notice most strains get much darker at breeding time, this is the mucus and so that fry can attach to them. Not a sickly dark, but just a color dark.

Other fish pecking at them usually is never a problem. Otos and Plecos have been known to become addicted to the slime and attach themselves to the discus...this is very bad. Otherwise I usually never hear of fish pecking at it.

So technically yes, that could happen....but i've never heard of it happening.
 
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