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May 31, 2008
7:04 pm
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Amy
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Discus seem to be bright and colourful (discus pics) and different from dunc's usual choices of main fish in tanks (like his daemon which are still pretty /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> )

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Does anyone here keep discus?
Do they like hot water as the tank will be quite warm especially when it's sunny like the other one (they'll be in the conservatory),
What can they live with or what have you kept them with?
How easy are they to look after?

Thanks /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 31, 2008
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Hehe as you can see I can't decide what I want.. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

A group of Juvi Discus would be ideal - they'd love the warm temps of the conservatory. If I opt for Africans I think I'll end up having to buy a chiller :/

May 31, 2008
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I can't remember if angel fishies liked hotter places too, what about them instead of the discus?

May 31, 2008
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Altum Angels like similar temperatures to Discus but they don't seem all that common in NE England.

May 31, 2008
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Discus just don't "do it" for me. I've only kept them once, years ago before university. They were one of the selectively-bred blue types (no idea which) and I found them easy enough. Kept them with an assorted motley crew of tetras and cories but got rid of them after a year or so. I'd still get the Africans or something like dwarf Crenicichla! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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May 31, 2008
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Hehe yeah I know mate. They're not particularly my dream fish either, I'm just thinking that they could potentially be the ideal candidate. I think everyone has to keep Discus once /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Dwarf Crenicichla would be awesome but a bit of a nightmare for tankmates.. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 31, 2008
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Angels, I'd never get any again!!! Discus, never had any myself but friends have and they eventually gave them away as they were terrible parents, either kept eating the eggs or let the fry go for about 5-10 days then scoffed them /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> As I said, friends got fed up lol /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />
I still wouldn't mind trying discus sometime though but not the right time for me /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 1, 2008
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go for wild ones - they behave more like you expext cichlids to - i would never keep 'farmed' fish as they have been so line bred they just arent like the original fish in look or temprament any more - theres also more of a challenge in getting them to breed - only problem is they are a bit more expensive

June 1, 2008
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well I know about someone who's bred them sucessfully...and a mate of mine has a couple of their young. the secret seems to be, to find local bred, as the imports die due to changes in water type.

can i post a link to another forum? there are pics and vids

June 1, 2008
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I agree with Neill, if you get them try wilds. Same goes for angels too.

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June 1, 2008
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Feel free, Malti /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

June 1, 2008
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QUOTE(Malti @ Jun 1 2008, 09:15 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
can i post a link to another forum? there are pics and vids

Depends on the subject matter! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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June 1, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Jun 1 2008, 02:07 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Depends on the subject matter! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

/wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> we're talking discus...unless you have fish in your adult section /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

for the non-perv people click

June 1, 2008
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QUOTE(Malti @ Jun 1 2008, 02:52 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
unless you have fish in your adult section

....ahem /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

Moving swiftly on, that link is interesting......

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June 7, 2008
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Discus are an aquired taste for sure..

Iv kept them on and off for years but always ended up turning my tank over to something else..
They are simple enough to keep and feed, the problem is keeping them happy, the first group i had were overly aggressive with eachother, the second were very shy

Im with everyone else on this one, if you get get your hands on a group of wild or F1 Blues or greens then you will be very happy with them, but dont bother with the farmed shite

BTW dunc, i knew someone selling regani, give me a shout if your still interested

June 7, 2008
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In the end I decided they just weren't doing anything for me /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Saw them in numerous shops on our little roadtrip yesterday. Pier in particular had some nice specimens in, but they just didn't appeal.

Oh well, maybe one day. Cheers Neal but I've got no tank space now that I bought the Dempseys /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

August 5, 2008
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QUOTE (dunc @ May 31 2008, 09:11 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Altum Angels like similar temperatures to Discus but they don't seem all that common in NE England.

Linke (who bred Altum ) suggests 28c , Ed Ruiz (a venezuelan biologist who also bred them) also quotes 28c as optimum. Ruiz's suggestion is that the higher temps that have been advised for these fish, come from the very poor conditions they are often most easily caught in in the dry season (semi stagnant water in isolated holes ). Their habitat of preference being cooler water with saturation levels of Oxygen downstream of rapids. Could this be anything to do with the ridiculous mortality these fish suffer?
Phill.

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