Discus Straight Out Of Malaysia

Slug

These guys hopped off the plane from Malaysia on Friday, made a brief stop in California over the weekend and now they are at their new South Carolina home. The shipment is doing great and was great. Box was spotless, all the water was where it was supposed to be and the fish were doing good. Kenny is the MAN!

Pics of fish to come...

Oh the suspense....
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Lucy

That's the first time I've ever seen the way fish are shipped. Pretty cool.
Congratulations.
 

small-fish

so that's how they ship them, I wonder how safe it is for the most part.
 

Butterfly

Slug! You tormented me all the way down through the pics and I still didn't get to see the fish!
carol
 

Slug



Yep that's how they are shipped. Its actually safer then you think. Most fish come in fine if shipped properly and sent overnight.

Pics coming soon.
 

Blub

What kind of fish did you get?!
 

Slug

Heres the first few. Will get more later, especially of the White Butterfly Throwbacks.

Developed in Malaysia, the "Penang Eruption". Its basically like a really high class Leopard Snakeskin. It gets more spots and more of a blue sheen on its fins as it ages.
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White Butterfly "throwbacks". Throwback meaning they will probably turn out less of a solid white and more with golden striations and such. Hopefully I can bring some more solid whites out of their fry once I pair them.
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Allie

*Pouting* I want some too. They are awesome Matt! Congrats.
 

Dino

Great looking fish!!!

Nice score Matt!!!!
 

Darlene

Beautiful new fish. Thank you for sharing all your pictures.
 

Lucy

Wow, they're awesome. Great pics too, thanks for posting them.
 

capekate

HI Matt
Your new Discus are beautiful. I personally love the white "throwbacks'...
They look so sweet, and I do like the little off white pattern around the faces.
congratulations... I hope they do well for you. Sigh.. How I wish I can add some more to my tank. When I started Discus a little over a year and a half ago, I started with seven. Poor quality Discus they were, some stunted.. one never grew above the size it was. I lost five during that time, and two of those due to aggression from another and the stress killed them. I have two of the originals still and really enjoy them. I have a question tho..
How do they get along when you add them to an established tank? I found that my guys really did not like new comers at all and would really be aggressive towards them. That aggressive nature is what is keeping me from buying anymore, that and finding a good breeder locally which isn't easy. But I do miss the tank when I had the seven of them in there. :-\
Do your guys get along?
 

pinkfloydpuffer

Love the discus! Really beautiful!
 

Richard

Beautiful fish bro!.. now if I could only borrow your guys for 24hrs. ever so often, I could try to get Dino to sell me some of his stock!
 

Slug

Thanks all! I really like them, very pleased with the order.

Heres a couple more.
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pinkfloydpuffer

They've got such cute little faces
 

Slug

Haha, those cute little faces are even better when they rush up to the glass for food.
 

pinkfloydpuffer

I bet! That's the cutest thing, fishies begging you for food... Little stinkers!
 

Blub

Aw cool! They are beautiful fishies. puuurrrdddyyy....
 

Slug

I like threads with lots of pics, how about you?

Here are a few more.
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Group
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pinkfloydpuffer

Ooh, I like the 7th picture, where he's lookin into the camera and saying hi!
 

Mike

Great pics Matt. Those Discus look fantastic.
 

Slug

Thanks Mike.
 

Lucy

Ooh, I like the 7th picture, where he's lookin into the camera and saying hi!

I like that one too. It looks like he wants a smooch. lol

All the pics are great.
 

pinkfloydpuffer

Have you named them yet?
 

Slug

Nope I never name my fish.
 

pinkfloydpuffer

Oh, I've always gotta find the perfect cute little name for my fishies, but I'm kinda crazy...
No problem with not naming them though. It's not like they'll know the difference! ;D
And if I ever got a big school of fish or something it'd be difficult to name them all and keep their names straight.
 

Slug

Well that's kinda the cool thing about discus. They are like Zebras, Fingerprints, and Snowflakes....they all have slight differences in pattern.
 

pinkfloydpuffer

Oh cool! I'd like to keep discus sometime, but I don't know if I ever will. There's just so many fish to keep and so little room and money!
I love all of your discus, and I hope you have good luck with them!
 

COBettaCouple

Beautiful Discus!!
 

Slug

Can I share more?

Check out the pattern I found on this fish today...that's the cool thing about spotted fish.
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Shape of these fish is just....wow.
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White Butterfly throwbacks. Lots of diversity in these.
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pinkfloydpuffer

Looks like a smiley face in that pattern!
 

Randall

Awesome fish.Where did you get them from?
 

Slug

Thanks. I got them from Kenny of Kenny's Discus out of Daly City CA.
 

Darlene

Beautiful fishdrool
 

Slug

Thanks.
 

Randall

Awesome!Thanks for the tip on Kenny.I am planning on setting up a heavily planted 75 gallon discus tank,hopefully next spring.My biggest concern was where to buy the fish,but I think you just solved my problem,THANKS!I checked out his web site,he has a huge variety and great looking fish.
 

Slug

He imports and gets a shipment once a month and sells out fast. Never really has a chance to put the newest stocklist on his website. Usually sells straight on in his sponser section. Gives shipment preview pics and pics of the actual fish in his tanks when he gets them. Definitely look into him though, super good guy to buy from.
 

MinxMermaid

BEAUTIFUL!!!

congratulations!!!

I know you keep em in clean tanks like that for breeding and such, but gosh they would even be MORE beautiful in a lush landscaped tank.

good luck with your new project
 

mrsmuffin

Absolutely beautiful fish!
 

peacemaker92

Hey guys! Remember that I'm from Malaysia... I've seen them in some aquarium stores here. They're quite common!

It's cool! I've never seen fish packed in a box and shipped like what I see in the pics! I also never knew they could stand the air pressure! How long was the shipment and how much did they all cost including shipment? I've always wanted to order or take home fish from overseas but my parents never allow it 'cause they believe the fish would die in the plane!
 

Slug

Hey guys! Remember that I'm from Malaysia... I've seen them in some aquarium stores here. They're quite common!

It's cool! I've never seen fish packed in a box and shipped like what I see in the pics! I also never knew they could stand the air pressure! How long was the shipment and how much did they all cost including shipment? I've always wanted to order or take home fish from overseas but my parents never allow it 'cause they believe the fish would die in the plane!

I'd love to visit Malaysia. Go see some of the breeder operations over there. I know of one in Kota TinggI Johor, and another in Ipoh. Some of the best discus in the world come from this region, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

I had the easy part. The guy I bought them from does the importing from Malaysia to the States, and then I get them from him in the states right after that. I got them overnight (1 day) at a cost of $96 for the box. It was across the country coast to coast....California to South Carolina.

Shipping is quite common and safe for the fish. Most people won't ship anything but overnight and it'd be the same if you were to go to an auction and bring fish home with you. The air pressure isn't that much, the planes are pressurized, even the cargo planes of like UPS. I used to work for UPS and always saw live animals and things go through.
 

peacemaker92

I'd love to visit Malaysia. Go see some of the breeder operations over there. I know of one in Kota TinggI Johor, and another in Ipoh. Some of the best discus in the world come from this region, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

I had the easy part. The guy I bought them from does the importing from Malaysia to the States, and then I get them from him in the states right after that. I got them overnight (1 day) at a cost of $96 for the box. It was across the country coast to coast....California to South Carolina.

Shipping is quite common and safe for the fish. Most people won't ship anything but overnight and it'd be the same if you were to go to an auction and bring fish home with you. The air pressure isn't that much, the planes are pressurized, even the cargo planes of like UPS. I used to work for UPS and always saw live animals and things go through.

That's cool, Slug! So I guess it's safe to carry live fish in my bag huh? I've always wanted to do that since I was young. I've tried looking for websites that can ship fish from the states but never found any. I found 1 but they said they don't ship overseas but only in the states. Anyways, thanks Slug. It's cool I found this thread otherwise I wouldn't have found out about this. lol
 

COBettaCouple

You'll probably still need to ship them. The airlines are pretty touchy about allowing live fish in luggage.
 

Slug

What i'm wondering is what in the world you would want fishwise from the states? Most of the really nice fish go to Europe or Asia these days because they pay more for them.
 

cognizant

The pics are absolutely beautiful (and so are the fish!) I've always wanted discus but everyone keeps telling me they are super hard to take care of.
 

Slug

The pics are absolutely beautiful (and so are the fish!) I've always wanted discus but everyone keeps telling me they are super hard to take care of.

Not really. Just takes a little more TLC then the average neon tetra. Start with good stock from a breeder and your chances for problems lessen. Thanks!
 

Jess

Slug, love the whitebutterfly throwbacks. (My white butterfly has some peppering I'm not so wild about.) I love the pattern on their faces too.
The Penang Eruption looks like the Eruption Leopard I had : ( , lost him not so long ago.
They look very healthy though and nicely sized.
How many did you get total?
 

Slug

Thanks. I got 8 from this shipment. Those white butterflies probably will not get solid white like a true "white butterfly" but that's why the term throwback is there hehe. I do want some solid whites though, working on getting some. The pattern you see on the WBtb's faces should spread throughout the body too.

The Penangs are nice, very fine spots. I was about to get some Eruption leopards but decided not to this time. The eruption leopards are more blotchy with spots running together and with a random spotting pattern, as well as some striations.

I think my next group needs to be some reds that blow people's minds.

Just to give you an idea of Adult coloration of these fish i've borrowed a couple of Kenny's and Forrest's pictures. All photos and fish are credited to Kenny Cheung Home Page and Discus Forrest of Malaysia. Again these are NOT my fish, just fish from the same breeding stock.

These are adult Penang eruptions (About 5")
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These are adult White Butterfly "Throwbacks"
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