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    Itís been over 3 weeks since I got my 6 Discus. Theyíre around 5 inches and are in a 90 gallon tank with 6 Rams and 3 small Bristlenose Plecos. Tank is a display tank in a high traffic area with driftwood,gravel and plastic plants. Water parameters are fine. Temp is at 85. They donít go crazy after food, but kind of graze in the gravel later. When I walk in the room all 6 move up to the top right corner of the tank. Then when I sit down they slowly head towards the bottom and school together. Was thinking of getting a few more Discus and maybe some Cardinal tetras. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Discus still skittish

    Sucks I know, but give it time and they will settle.

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    Just to be clear. I purchased adult discus in 2016 and they behaved the same way you describe. I had never kept discus before but a fellow from where I live brought quality discus in from a supplier in Alberta Canada...forget the name, and the opportunity was a God send.Anyway could not go near the tank for a few weeks. I asked the fellow I purchased from and he said give them time. If anyone in the room moved too quickly they spooked bad. Sure enough they settled and were eating out of my hand in no time. Patience is all it took. I got out of the hobby unfortunately and he took them back. I got back in when i I was more able to commit to keeping discus.
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    It’s amazing because when my wife walks by they’re fine. But me noooooooo. What do you think about me getting more.Say 2 or three more Discus. Do you think it will make a difference? They would be from a different breeder. What about some Cardinals too?

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    Sorry but they hate your guts...lol...kidding. I would not hesitate to add the cardinals, provided they are healthy....ie quarantine . I will leave the adding discus to the pros. They say that adding from different breeders could be a problem.

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    Default Re: Discus still skittish

    Quote Originally Posted by mr limpet View Post
    It’s amazing because when my wife walks by they’re fine. But me noooooooo. What do you think about me getting more.Say 2 or three more Discus. Do you think it will make a difference? They would be from a different breeder. What about some Cardinals too?
    When you walk by the tank bend over so you appear shorter. I am acclimating some new wilds and there are only two in a 75. Talk about skittish. After a week they are slowly coming out. It takes time.
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    So Cardinals would be ok? What would be the problem with Discus from different breeders? Just asking. Would they not get along or is it some disease they might have?

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    Default Re: Discus still skittish

    Give them some time and patience .Older discus tend to adjust slower than the juvvies just like with humans .
    Adding any fish and even plant to your existing stock poses a risk of cross - contamination so be carefully deciding what new stock is really worth the risk .
    6 week quarantine procedure described in the begginer section is a good and safety practice with every new stock you add .

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    Ok. I’ll just wait it out. Patience. Patience. Patience.

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