Some of my discus

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    Group age 79days are growing fast now and starting to colour up. Will be selling off some of this batch shortly.

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    These guys are all looking very healthy and great!
    What are you currently feeding them and how often? Any idea how much you are thinking of selling some of these for?
     
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    Hi Gareth, I'm trying to get 9 feeds in per day, combination of a turkey heart and crab mix, then pellets and flake, and lots of brine shrimp.

    I've not finalized any prices yet, but anyone interested is more than welcome to come and view the fish and discuss. I'll work out a fair price in about a weeks time, then perhaps start a separate ' for sale ' thread.

    I'm also going to do a flubendazole treatment on them prior to them going out, so they will have been treated with prazi at 3-4 weeks and flubendazole now at 12weeks.
     
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    Wow... They are amazing. Man I so badly want to set up a dedicated tank for some of these guys now...
     
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    Hi Andrew, sounds very solid and healthy diet :thumb:

    Great, will definitely make a turn during the weeks as which would be easier for you rather than the weekend.
     
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    For anyone who wants to come check out these guys, during the week im available most of the time and Saturday from around 10am till around 6pm is good too.

    Early Sunday morning till 11am will be fine too.

    Andrew
     
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    Thank you :thumb: will be in touch!
     
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    Awesomeness man very healthy specimens well done.
     
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    dad with some of his off-spring
     
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    Nice fish Andrew. What is the minimum number of Discus you can keep in a tank and the smallest tank you could keep them in? I have a new 135l [600(l)x500(w)x450(h)]. The answer is probably going to be that the tank is too small but I may as well ask?
     
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    Hi Mark

    Thanks, yes these fish are coming on nicely. To answer your question briefly, I would not attempt keeping less than 6 in a group and if they are juvenile, then a standard 1.2m tank to begin with will be ok. But as adult fishes, discus need a minimum of 60litres per fish, so then this tank will be too small. So if one is wanting to keep discus, then i would start off with the end goal in sight and just get an adequate size tank from the start. Young, growing discus eat a LOT and poop a LOT, so besides a big enough volume of water, one must really have adequate filtration.

    Ive been keeping discus now only for about 18 months, and although I breed angels, corys and ATFG guppies along the side, I know that I will always keep discus. There are no short cuts with these fishes and if one tries to short cut, you end up with a disaster waiting to happen and this leads to disappointment in the end. So many people start off with discus with a bang ( no names mentioned ) and then after a month or 2 you see them kicking it up. Just check out gumtree and you will see what i mean.

    Andrew
     
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    Thanks for the help Andrew :icon_thumright:. That's pretty much what I thought but no harm in asking. I will stick to my Tetra, Angels, Corydoras and Cardinals for now. When I get bored/When I'm ready I will think about converting my 300l to Discus. I don't want to be another Gumtree story :laughing7:

    Just by the way, this interest is all your guys fault for posting pics of such beautiful fish :pottytrain2: ;D
     
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    Hahaha......you must see my feeble attempt at plants now, since joining this forum....
     
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    Where is your planted tank thread? :icon_study:
     
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    Hi Andrew, now I know what you are talking about... very surprised :scratch:
     
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    Guess that is the end of the revolution then ;)
     
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    Yes, how many times have we seen this before. I have perhaps seen this more times than most of you.

    Folks start off with discus mania as though it was a contagious infection. They dive in, buy a huge amount of equipment, which thrills the LFS owner and unknowingly they get ripped off second to none.

    Then they think that they know everything in no time and start telling everyone what they should do. Shortly afterwards they actually start realizing what they have let themselves in for, and that it is hard work and becomes a total grind. Due to poor advice from the LFS owner they have also bought equipment that actually does not make keeping discus easier and they start losing interest. Water changes start becoming a schlepp, and feeding them starts getting more and more expensive and also a schlepp. And then the next thing is that they all appear on Gumtree.

    If you want to keep discus, you need to do your homework very carefully and not in a rush. Go and visit persons that have kept them for longer and go and ask and listen and learn. Gear yourself to making things easier, more effective at reducing the daily management that is required. The most important thing is not to rush into keeping discus. Keep some angels first and get that right and gain experience with these first. Rams are also good to try to keep as "exercise" for discus.

    Then set up an aquarium which allows the easiest maintenance, good filtration, get the right number of fishes from a reliable source, and get the right food and feed it in correct amounts.

    One can make a success of keeping discus, but the motto should be the same as when you climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and the guides tell you "Pole, pole", "Slowly, slowly" and not this rush ending up in disappointment. Keeping a nice group of discus so that they are happy and healthy can be a very gratifying experience, something that I have enjoyed for very many years by now, and I see no reason why more persons cannot do this as well.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     
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    Hi Prof how is the planning going for the Discus information session?
     
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    I must first complete the presentation of the big all Africa botany conference that I am organizing from 12-17 January 2014..... www.aetfat2014.co.za , we will have over 400 delegates that will attend...

    Almost there though.

    Kind regards,

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