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Keith Perkins
03-21-2013, 11:09 PM
Bill asked for an update on the growouts, so here's some pics. The first pic is a little old, but I like the rock.


Coloring up nicely.



03-21-2013, 11:16 PM
Very nice , thanks.

03-21-2013, 11:50 PM
those are nice. I like them a lot!

03-22-2013, 06:09 AM
Very nice,Keith.About how big?

Second Hand Pat
03-22-2013, 06:30 AM
Gorgeous fish Keith, really nice job growing them out.

Bud Smith
03-22-2013, 07:52 AM
Keith - beautifull discus - love the goldens - you can tell a lot of care and time spent on those guys - you should be very proud of your discus as Iam sure you are
great job

03-22-2013, 08:06 AM
Nice work love the Golden's, Getting some Golden's off Rod Lewis next month so should be the normal great health and qaulity from Rod / Jeffery FTZ.

Sandy Clay
03-22-2013, 10:10 AM
That yellow is just gorgeous!

Keith Perkins
03-22-2013, 11:15 PM
Thanks guys. I wonder if Kenny brought in any like this...probably. I'd be cool to have the only ones though. :)

03-23-2013, 12:51 AM
These are looking great dispite their rough spell. They are some true beauties!

Jeff O
03-23-2013, 12:53 AM
Really love the goldens! Beautiful fish!

03-23-2013, 07:37 AM
When I come out and make some beefheart with you Keith I will make sure I have my bags and bucket with me!

Good job with them buddy.

03-23-2013, 07:49 AM
Great job Keith! They are showing some great color.

Keith Perkins
03-27-2013, 10:53 PM
Thanks guys. Some pics in their new digs...72 bow.




Decided to be cute and put my onyx dolphins from Cozumel in the tank.

03-28-2013, 06:25 AM
Ahhh...There's that dolphin.

03-28-2013, 10:59 AM

Keith Perkins
04-07-2013, 09:30 AM
Well, I'm down to seven. About a half week ago or so at the end of a WC I found the smallest of reds stuck between my piece of pink quartz and a sponge filter. I'd slid them to the front of the tank while I was cleaning the bottom, there was plenty of room for the fish up until the water got shallower than the fish was tall. I took the water level down to the top of the heater. The next day I saw it had taken up residence behind my water pump in the back corner of the tank, darkened and appeared to have a minor abrasion down it's side.

I didn't think the fish needed anything but a little time and the usual clean water, but I was wrong. Over the next couple days the fish continued to stay in it's hidden spot most of the time and never really came out more than a foot. Last night I heard a splash I found the fish at the center of the tank swimming oddly almost straight down and it nearly laid on top of the sponge filter before swimming back to it's corner. I finally saw it's eyes at this point and saw they were cloudy. I quickly set up a quarantine tank, pulled the fish and hit it with QuickCure, but the fish obviously died shortly after I went to bed last night.

I guess on the positive side it was the runt of the litter and it was a red and not a golden. Also the other 7 are eating more than 50% daily what they were in the 55, so I'm hoping for a serious growth spurt.

Second Hand Pat
04-07-2013, 01:26 PM
On man Keith, sorry to hear but at least it was the runt.

04-07-2013, 04:50 PM
Cozy what's your daily foods and how many times you feed this poppies?
If you do mind to ask?

04-07-2013, 04:57 PM
New to this whole thing is the red the one without the strips? Are they going to be for sale?

Keith Perkins
04-07-2013, 05:11 PM
New to this whole thing is the red the one without the strips? Are they going to be for sale?

The pictures at the bottom of my posts are a red on the left and a golden on the right. These seven fish are strictly private breeding stock at this point. There's a line of friends who'd like any of them I decide to sell off, I don't know how many people have asked to buy them. I really need their parents to get it in gear again. Thanks for asking though, just shows you have good taste. :D

Keith Perkins
04-07-2013, 05:36 PM
Cozy what's your daily foods and how many times you feed this poppies?
If you do mind to ask?

Jorge - this batch currently is being feed almost exclusively my homemade beefheart blend. Beefheart, whitefish (tried that this time instead of raw shrimp), ground turkey, red lettuce, flake food, cooked oatmeal, maybe an over ripe banana or two if there's any around on heart making day, garlic, A to Zinc vitamins, any food samples I've picked up since I made heart last. I run it through an old hand grinder once or twice depending what the ingredient is with the extra fine blade. I put 2 cups in a gallon freezer bag and roll it flat with a rolling pin and freeze them on cookie sheets. I cut pieces maybe 1/2" by 3/4", there maybe a 1/4 inch thick. I've been feeding them 3 cubes twice a day and recently added another feeding or two of two cubes in between. They're eating like pigs.

04-07-2013, 10:30 PM
Nice thank you!

04-07-2013, 10:51 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss, Keith. Good luck with the remaining gorgeous discus.

Keith Perkins
04-12-2013, 09:12 PM
Thanks Mauro. The rest are doing extremely well, eating like there's no tomorrow. I may have to shoot a video of them soon when I feed them, they literally attack the beefheart when I drop it in the tank.

Darren's Discus
04-13-2013, 08:13 AM
Look beautiful.

Keith Perkins
04-17-2013, 10:47 PM
I said the rest were eating well, finally getting around to posting the video.


04-17-2013, 11:31 PM
They are looking really nice, Keith. I like the last red.


Second Hand Pat
04-17-2013, 11:36 PM
Great vid Keith and they look great. Perfect music for the vid. They really like their heart.

04-17-2013, 11:37 PM
They are looking mighty fine.

04-18-2013, 06:30 AM
Glad to see them tearing it up.

04-18-2013, 03:20 PM
They really do attack that stuff!

04-18-2013, 03:38 PM
Hey Keith, beautiful fishes and nice background music.. So, u feed the Frozen BH directly or after thawing?

Keith Perkins
04-18-2013, 07:27 PM
Thanks Mishka - if by the last red you're talking about the same fish that's in my signature line, I like that one too. :)

Thanks Pat, as zippy as those fish are now when I toss in heart the music just seemed to fit.

Thanks Mike. I like some of them more than others, but I REALLY like some of them.

I'm glad to be seeing them eat like that to Bill, thanks.

Nothing like Daddy's home cooking Brandon.

Thanks on both counts Allwin. I thaw the beefheart about 15 minutes before feeding it, or however long it is until I remember it's sitting on counter.

04-18-2013, 08:09 PM
Thanks Keith, is it 15mins or 15seconds? :)

Keith Perkins
04-18-2013, 08:55 PM
No microwaves allowed, definitely minutes.

04-18-2013, 10:13 PM
He/she sure is pretty. Just love the shape. See now I am coveting two of your fish..lol


09-21-2013, 07:41 AM
I also like the music.


09-21-2013, 08:32 AM
keith, how r these goldens/reds doing now?

Keith Perkins
09-21-2013, 08:54 AM
keith, how r these goldens/reds doing now?

I'm a little frustrated with their growth rate, but still loving their coloration and diversity.

I also like the music.


Welcome back Mark, I've been thinking of you and wondering how you were getting along.

09-21-2013, 04:47 PM
Life has been keeping me busy but I still have been enjoying my fish, I still have tanks full of angels but I think I am ready to put down some money for some more discus and move in that direction. Now I have to decide what I want. I like those snow leopards a lot but I know I want some discus with the albino gene in them.

I am looking at stocking a 100 gallon with all new discus.

The discus I already have are big enough to breed but have not shown any interest.

The discus I got from Bill are more brown then red, I really like that red color so that was a little disappointing.

I am heading to Boulder in early October and have been checking craigs list but with all of the flooding I don't expect to find any there. My son lives in Nederland and I think it will be a challenge to get there. I will probably order something from one of the sponsors.


11-20-2013, 07:31 AM
I have two goldens that are about the same size as yours, I would like to put them in a tank with discus that would make good pairs. Any suggestions on what type of discus to breed them with?


11-20-2013, 04:28 PM
Mark you can look for some Marlboro Reds possibly? Or a yellow/brown based discus. But it sounds like you want reds or a red base?

11-20-2013, 08:24 PM
I would like reds or a red base but I am thinking that If I added things to the food to bring out the red then it may turn the golden to a red color. Any thoughts?


Keith Perkins
11-20-2013, 11:33 PM
I might pair them up with Blushing Reds or San Merahs from Kenny if you want red. You could do Fire Red's I guess, but PB's just aren't my thing. I've never used any color enhancers of any kind, so I really can't speak to what the goldens might do color wise with red color enhancers.

12-22-2013, 09:50 PM
The siblings of the golden that I purchase from you are growing really slow, are you having the same problem?


Keith Perkins
12-23-2013, 12:27 AM
They are definitely way way slower then the RTs, and I doubt they'll ever be the size of the RTs either.