My Rio Xingu Discus

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    awsome Sean that is a very nice tank been eyeing that same tank for a long time now.
     
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    wow, really like the second and fourth ones.. simple, but damn effective !
     
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    Awesome!

    Just a word of warning Tetra Bits is high in phosphates.
     
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    You must remember that phosphates are an essential part of the diet of discus and any other fishes for that matter, so you cannot go without that in the diet.

    I think your comments are aimed at what this may do with regard to algae in your tank, if I understand you correctly?

    I would not worry too much about this as the amount of phosphate released would not be high enough to cause an algal problem. If you compare this amount to the amount of phosphate added by means of the EI method then this is far less.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     
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    Awesome!

    Just a word of warning Tetra Bits is high in phosphates.
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    Kryo I think phosphates in FW is a lot less of a problem as it is in marines. Thinking of your marine background that might be the reason for your caution?
     
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    Kryo I think phosphates in FW is a lot less of a problem as it is in marines. Thinking of your marine background that might be the reason for your caution?
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    Nope, the phosphate content in Tetra bits is excessive. So if you have a planted discus tank, feeding tetra bits and dosing Phosphates or ferts containing phosphates as a by product it becomes a problem.

    I stopped feeding Tetra bits donkeys years ago before entering marines when I was breeding discus.
     
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    This is by now way off topic, sorry, but feeding tetra bits is actually not advised for discus any more, there are way more advanced products, so maybe one should just skip the Tetra bits in any case.
     
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    OMG !!!!! Second and last one of those links really have me interested now, just how much work are discus??? Sean dude now I'm envious bud like you can't believe
     
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    Personally I think getting good healthy fish is half the battle won. They are more upkeep then other tropicals though but a good regime and food should keep them happy. Raising them properly from babies to me is the real challenge.
     
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    Will they eat my guppies hahahaha, and water changes ?? I'm assuming tons
     
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    Are you trying you make me itch
     
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    Forking lol. Big planted Discus tank to just planted to marine to just planted to Discus again. Talk about circles

    Looking good dude. F1 or F2 stock?
     
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    Hahaha! Shoosh Neil! I've always had a soft spot for discus, especially since the last wild x ones that chris brought in. These guys are F2. Their parents are F1 crossed back with wilds.

    These were just too good to pass up.

    With regards to the tetra bits, they get very little in their diet. But they eat it, so I continue feeding it. They are fussy eaters, but they're slowly getting there.

    Wade, you can have a beautiful discus tank, and coming from a marine background, it would still be easier to keep discus happy, than to keep marine fish happy. Cheaper too. The best discus are still cheaper than marine fish. But, if you get juveniles, keep them in an easy maintenance grow out tank, and transfer them to the planted system when they're adults.

    Once again, I'd never keep juvenile discus in a planted setup. This is the reason I'm growing them out in the current system.

    @Prof Dirk - I need to get hold of you for some food for these guys. Please will you let me know if you have anything available. I got some of the benkers food from Marco, and these guys love that stuff!! Plus anything else you would think they will do well on.

    Sean.
     
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    I read in a article once by somebody Norton I think that wild type angelfish fry that was raised 100% daylight (24 hours) would loose there stripes and turn into plain silver angelfish. They speculated that the same might be true for discus. So make sure your fry get some nightime Sean and develop some nice black bars :)
     
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    Hectic!

    My guys get night time lights out, so all good. And they all have their bars too.
     
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    Sean can you give us more info on your grow out tank feeding and water changes please? Want to see if it will be possible to do it.
     

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