My Rio Xingu Discus

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  1. Mastermamo
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    What Airstone is that? Where can I get one from?
     
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    It's an Eheim Airstone. They come with Eheim air pumps.

    Not too sure how fast they grow, Wade. I guess I'll find out soon enough.
     
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    Do you keep them in tap water?. :)
     
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    Gonna get one tomorrow
     
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    Yup. Aged for a couple of days, and treated with prime.

    BUT, I'm getting a Vertex RO unit that does 200 gallons a day. Then I'll be using a mixture of RO and tap water.

    Just waiting for stock of the RO unit.
     
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    Check what the water params the discus were bred and raised in before buying an RO unit. Then decide whether a RO unit is worth it. When I did my RO to tap water tests I discovered to 1 bucket I needed a ratio 1:10 (RO:Tap water) to get pH to 7.0 it simply was not worth the effort and the waste water from the RO for me to bother with the RO.

    Do you wanna try my homemade food mix? :p
     
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    Nice Discus Sean. If you don't mind me asking, how much did these beauts set you back? (can pm me if you don't want to say on the forum)
     
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    After seeing how Marco was running his system I am willing to fork out for the unit. When your pH is at 5.4, and stable, then RO water is needed. So yeah.

    They each cost R500.
     
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    @Kryo - I have done the homemade food mix in the past. I just don't trust beef heart. So I'll avoid it. I am using Benkers Discus Food from the Prof, which the fish smash when it's dropped in the tank.
     
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    An experienced fish keeper on this forum recently bought some specially ordered beef heart and popped a largish piece in the tank just before he went to bed, when he woke in the morning he saw a horrible sad sight... x2 zebra plecos floating on the surface together with several other fish, the discus were still alive, but only just gulping on the surface. The meat which looked good and fresh just a few hours earlier had turned into a decaying stinking mess ---uuuuurrrrggghh !

    Conclusion-- be cautious !
     
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    Exactly my point.
     
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    Thanks Sean. Not as hectic as I was expecting.
     
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    I use ostrich heart but I don't drop a cube in. I dice up the block and then add in a bit at a time. Once they are done I drop in some Omega granules and leave them be. 10mins later and the tank is clean lol.
     
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    If you're worried about the heart containing anti-biotics or steroids mine doesn't! I've managed to source pure "organic" beef heart. But cool! Can't wait to see these beauties big!
     
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    Waiting for mine hmmm hmmm
     
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    Really nice buy Sean. Take good care of them, they grow rather quick when cared for the right way but I am sure Marco gave you a rundown :)
     
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    Yup, got the rundown! LOL! I'm not new to keeping discus, so at least I know quite a bit already.

    Just an update on the little critters:

    They take all foods now. I'm feeding a mixture of the following: NLS Discus mix, NLS Thera, New Era Discus, Tetra Discus Bits, Benkers diskus mix, Ocean Nutrition Bloodworms and Freshly hatched brine shrimp.

    I don't feed them all of those every day, I mix it up a bit. They're nice a fat, and it looks like the bigger ones are getting bigger very quickly!

    I really love these fish.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing their progress
     
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    What is the final setup plans with these. I have seen some really awesome tanks with a biotype setup and these guys
     
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    Gerhard... This is the first step to my dream tank. They are for a display that I have in mind, but it's some time away. This is kind of the inspiration for my discus setup, but with more plants:

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