Feeding Discus Fry

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  1. Peter
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    Hi

    Just wanted to share an experience I enjoy that I haven?t captured before on camera, introducing de-capsulated BS eggs to fry. It takes a couple of attempts before they recognise it as food and after a while take it readily. Please excuse the messy bottom, I don?t sponge down as often at this stage, just siphoning.

    Here are the fry with the parents, minding their own business until the eggs are dropped in
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    They see the food and start to munch
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    Now they follow they eggs as they float down munching along the way, what I find interesting, is both parents shake almost like a pulse a second, not like a spawning shake, I assume in attempt to recall them.
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    Here they are at the bottom munching away while the parents watch over them
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    After the quick snack they swim back to the parents
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    Hi Peter

    Thanks for sharing that.


    PS... I fixed some of your images tags.
     
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    That's really cool!

    I'm not terribly clued up on discus, but are the fry too big to feed on the parent's slime coat? Or do they eat that as well as the decapsulated BS eggs?
     
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    Thanks Andre

    Hi Ryan, they are still young pushing 2 weeks free swimming but you can leave them for longer provided the parents don't stress too much about it, You are correct, Ideally you try and supplement their feeding while on the parents and when you separate them later they will recognise the food.
    Here is a pic of baby?s 2 days free swimming from a different batch to give you an idea of the size difference in days.
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    Hi Everyone :)

    @ Peter, what food do you feed the fry? what type of filtration do you use in a breeding tank?, how would you stop the fry from being sucked into the filter? lastly what do you use for airation??

    Many Thanks DmD ;)
     
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    Hi Peter,

    I do not understand why you are not hatching the bs eggs and then feeding them to the fry. Why are you decapsulating the bseggs? Why all the effort if you can just hatch the bseggs. Discus fry take freshly hatched bs very readily and without any problem. Makes no sense to me.

    regards,

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    Dirk, what strain are those discus and are they imported?
     
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    Slummies,

    We must ask Peter which strain they are.

    If you as me, they are one of these new Ninja turtle type strains, albino concoctions that unfortunately leave me stone cold, as a matter of fact I cannot believe that one has bred such beautiful fish to look so washed out and drab. Peter please forgive me but my old-fashioned taste is just too conservative.

    Why worry about if they are imported? There is no reason why we cannot breed just as nice if not nicer discus here in SA.

    My personal opinion.

    Kind regards,

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    my apologies, i thought it was your thread.

    Dirk, we can breed a-grade fish. but they are just too rare to find in sa. colour is easy to get, but good form is near impossible. there are a couple of us bringing in quality discus next year. ill be adding about 10 or so to my breeding program, would love to talk to you about it more once they arrive
     
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    Hi Peter

    Always enjoy your photos. Makes me very jealous though to see all those babies! :p

    Nice!
     

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