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On 1/14/2022 at 10:38 AM, jwcarlson said:

I'm at least a month out from ordering discus, but I am haunting websites looking at them.  I cannot pick out ten to grow out.  I just want them all.  I think I decide and then I pick out ten more and it's a different mix.  They're just all so stinking cool.

Some sellers will pick 10x for you, selecting a variety. I saw one seller today who would select 10x for the buyer at $250. Truth is, if you like variety, you’ll get an amazing selection. 

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On 1/14/2022 at 9:43 AM, Fish Folk said:

Some sellers will pick 10x for you, selecting a variety. I saw one seller today who would select 10x for the buyer at $250. Truth is, if you like variety, you’ll get an amazing selection. 

Yep, that's one of the sites I keep checking out lol... 🙂  There's about five types that I think I really absolutely want.  And it's about another $100 to pick out ten for myself.  In the grand scheme of things what's another $10/fish? 😄

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On 1/14/2022 at 10:47 AM, jwcarlson said:

Yep, that's one of the sites I keep checking out lol... 🙂  There's about five types that I think I really absolutely want.  And it's about another $100 to pick out ten for myself.  In the grand scheme of things what's another $10/fish? 😄

Awesome! If I ever have to tear down and later reset a fishroom with discus, I’ll definitely go this route. I’ve learned that the occasional “drab” discus is usually a beautiful complement to other brightly colored ones. All the ones I’ve gotten were more or less “seconds” / “castaways” from CA fish farm distributors. I can see minor inferiority issues with each one. But once matured, I forget all about that and just enjoy them. If I’m pointing out their issues…

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Is it one of those things that you know "when you know"? Or can you tell what your other discus are? 

Discs are so funny, I love how they move. They're one of the few cichlids I'd ever consider keeping. 

They look a LOT less shy than they were! The Discus Whisperer you are. 

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On 2/13/2022 at 8:16 PM, xXInkedPhoenixX said:

Is it one of those things that you know "when you know"? Or can you tell what your other discus are? 

Discs are so funny, I love how they move. They're one of the few cichlids I'd ever consider keeping. 

They look a LOT less shy than they were! The Discus Whisperer you are. 

Haha! Most Discus keepers would hate me. I’m way too au naturale about them. 
 

So… here is what I _think_ is _sometimes_ a reliable clue to sexing mature discus…

If the dorsal fin comes to a point, and would leave a line curving off the tail if drawn, I _think_ it’s a male. They also grow larger than females.

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If the dorsal is rounded at back, abs would leave lines drawn in to the tail, I _think_ it’s a female.

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On 2/18/2022 at 8:24 PM, xXInkedPhoenixX said:

They just keep getting more and more beautiful. 😍 I love them.

Set up a 55 gal. Heat it to 84°-F. Put two large sponge filters in the back in both sides. Plants / Hardscape as you like. Really not hard to keep. AND ADD AN AIR-STONE IN THE CENTER BACK!

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Here’s my initial Discus breeding plans for 2022. This is my dream BAP award. I have what I’m optimistic could be three pairs. Now, for purists, you might object to some of these. But I like them alright.

Pair #1 - Pigeon-Blood

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Pair #2 - Turquoise Snakeskin

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Pair #3 - Red-Blue Mottled / Striped

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Here’s a video ramble discussing plans…

 

 

 

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On 3/10/2022 at 10:30 AM, Fish Folk said:

Here’s my initial Discus breeding plans for 2022. This is my dream BAP award. I have what I’m optimistic could be three pairs. Now, for purists, you might object to some of these. But I like them alright.

Pair #1 - Pigeon-Blood

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Pair #2 - Turquoise Snakeskin

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Pair #3 - Red-Blue Mottled / Striped

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Here’s a video ramble discussing plans…

 

 

 

I hope things go well. I like the as pairs. 

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Thanks @Fish Folkfor taking us on the discus ride. Exciting that you could get more than one type of discus out of this group. I always love seeing the color variations. 

One question I have is would you ever put a couple discus say 2-3 in a community tank? I feel like I have read that keeping one alone is a no-no. Would a mated pair make it in a community tank? Is it as much about the food issues with faster fish or just that they do better on their own as a group alone?

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On 3/10/2022 at 1:00 PM, Beardedbillygoat1975 said:

Thanks @Fish Folkfor taking us on the discus ride. Exciting that you could get more than one type of discus out of this group. I always love seeing the color variations. 

One question I have is would you ever put a couple discus say 2-3 in a community tank? I feel like I have read that keeping one alone is a no-no. Would a mated pair make it in a community tank? Is it as much about the food issues with faster fish or just that they do better on their own as a group alone?

All of mine are in Community tanks. I got three a few weeks ago, and they're in with Rams, Acaras, Bristlenose, etc. As long as you keep them hot (82-86-F) and as long as none of the other fish harass them, they're usually fine in groups of 3+. Others may disagree. In an ideal scenario, they're in a 75-gal+ tank where they can spend a lifetime.

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