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Hello all! Has been a while. Well I will be moving to Florida in oOctober. So by the new year Iwill be taking my mother in laws tank. She thinks its a 60 gallon tank. So iI have started to thinkabout what to do with it. I would like 1 nice sized cichlid as my center ppiece, and khulI or dwarf chain loaches. Help me fill it.
 

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I don't know how long you have been keeping fish but discus require the best water conditions as they are very sensitive and require strict commitments to water changes etc.
 

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And hard to keep! You must have a strict regiment. I don't they are necessarily schooling so won't need 6+ but yes, they are very social.


 
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Yes I know they need impeccable water conditions.I am prepared to do water changes every couple days as needed by
 

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I like Anders' suggestion of pearl gouramis.

While others keep discus in tanks 75 or more gallons, I personally believe given their size and social behavior, they would thrive more in 90+ systems instead.
 

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I'm thinking even bigger than 90 gallons, for six discus, I would recommend at least 125 gallons.
 

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IMO, they will be fine in a 55-60 gallon discus only tank. With frequent water changes, frequent feedings and good water quality. Of course you'll have to do do a lot of water changes and feedings when growing them out so that they can reach their full potential growth


 

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AquaticBrandon said:
IMO, they will be fine in a 55-60 gallon discus only tank. With frequent water changes, frequent feedings and good water quality. Of course you'll have to do do a lot of water changes and feedings when growing them out so that they can reach their full potential growth
I don't recommend it, personally. A 55-60 gallon just isn't wide enough for a fish of that size.
 

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I wouldn't either, a 75 I could back if there was a very strict maintenance schedule. But a 55 doesn't make sense. A 6-9" fish should have more width than 13"
 

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Discus only get 6" I believe. I've seen many people keep them in 55 or 60's fine. Although a 75 would be better. Let's wait until somebody that has more experience with discus to chime in. They should be a better help if you're deciding to do a discus tank. Slug Disc61


 

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I'm reading Seriously Fish and it says wild discus reach a size of 6" while those kept in captivity can grow up to 9" "through a stringent regime of frequent, large water changes during the most important growth periods".
 

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Most people severely overestimate their discus's size and most doing it fail to actually take them out and put them on a tape measure. 6" would be a very good and normal size, though big for most keepers. 7"+ would be a monster and a fairly rare specimen. If you get them to 6" you are doing pretty dang good. I've seen only a couple that would push the 7-8" mark and they were massive....they actually didn't even look that good that large, like a body builder.....it was kind of gross and looked very unnatural.

While I agree a 75+ would be better, especially in footprint, if you are just doing discus a 55gal could support up to 6 provided good water and food quality.

To me, discus aren't a center piece fish. They are easier and better in a species type environment and a group where the tank is specifically set up for them. A simple Angelfish or the like would be a better centerpiece fish IMO.
 
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OK. I'll keep that in mind for the discus. See what the boss says. The gouramis I'd pass on. I do not like gouramis at all. Don't know why. Just don't.
 

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+1 to Slugs comments. and yeah this guy is 7 inches and massive, although I have several in his tank that are over 6.5 and a couple others reaching 7.
and I have actually taken him out and measured him a few times. but again, as slug mentioned 6 inches is a good size.

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