If you can put up pictures of the sick fish. Anything new added to the tank.Just discovered this existed! Been dealing with some disease myself. Btw do you have any discus where their faces are a peach color and the rest are red. Those are my favorite!
No, I only have glass tanks right now. A 55 and a 13. This will be my first acrylic, that's why I was wanting feedback from someone who has had a larger one for a while. And you are correct, it will be 1/2" thick acrylic. It's still several months away, but I'm trying to collect all the info on the tank, equipment, and fish I can beforehand. I've got plants quarantining and growing out in my 13, and am getting ready to start seeding filters in my 55. Thank you so much for your feedback.Yes I’ve got 2 a 90 and a 125. Mine are 3/8” thick acrylic. Not sure what size they use for a 180 but I’d say it should be 1/2”. Do you have acrylic now? I’ve also got a 50 clear for life and an older quality plus 125. I’m happy with all! The
Again it’s been a long time . I’ve got a new thread going on a 180 I started earlier this year. Now the main tank from this thread had many problems after the cross contamination. This tank had lots of salt and later the rid-ich. I’ve lost most of these fish over the last year. I believe it was the salt that did them in. Only ones left are 1 Hans the brown and 2 of the first 6. So 4. Nothing I was able to do helped. The other tank did fine and I’ve still have that group. They’ve moved into the new 180. View attachment 854544View attachment 854546Now I’ve redone that first tank. 3 of the originals are still in there.View attachment 854547View attachment 854545still playing with the look.
This reminds me - on another forum there was a long discussion about discus diet after someone suggested feeding them beef heart; so one of the more scientific person on the forum who was explaining that beef heart is not healthy for the fishes dug out a scientific article that discuss that the majority of food found in wild discus stomach is actually plant matter. The conclusion was that it is quite healthy to have plant matter in discus tanks for them to nibble on... The issue with beef heart is that generally speaking meat contain too much fat matter as well as protein that fishes find difficult to properly digest.
I had a similar problem where some new cherry barbs carried some sort of bacteria disease. It did not effect them so qt didn't help and they are still alive but they killed off my angels and several of my clown loaches. I was able to save two of the clown loaches via bacteria treatment and salt dips (can't know for sure what helped but they managed to recover); I lost 6 angel fishes; 3 large clown loaches; all my cardinal tetras and a couple of smaller odd and ends. However the cherry barbs are still doing fine.It wasn’t ich. It was what we call a cross contamination in discus. Discus like all fish carry diseases. Some breeders breed out some of these diseases but none can remove them all. So sometimes when mixing discus from different breeders disease spread and can wipe out your tanks. Just another discus problem . So what my fish had was a bacterial disease that rid-ich cured. It’s not just for ich but many bacterial diseases. Discus rarely get ich.
I know beef heart is commonly fed to discus, and it seems to be a major ingredient in prepared foods for discus as well. But have often wondered who first thought of this and why. It cannot be similar to anything they would normally eat in the wild, surely?
Yeah this was German and American breeders in the 80s. They were feeding a shrimp/fish meal to them but the price of both got to expensive and somehow they came up with beefheart. I think there’s a lot of protein in beefheart. Seems discus have adapted to digesting beefheart. But not all and if you don’t feed it and start it can be a problem. I lost one to beefheart. It just couldn’t digest it. Many other dither fish also have problems with it. Especially corys. I feed it once maybe twice a week after water changes. But I thaw it out in water first and feed it slowly so what hits the bottom is just tiny left overs.