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    Hey Willie,
    Looking good! Are you planning on pureeing the Beefheart?

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    I just do some thin slicing with a razor blade. It took them about 10 minutes to wean onto beefheart.

    Now to get them to eat large chunks so I can do even less work!

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    The fry have settled into my morning routine, which begins with

    altums
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    albino manacapuras
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    flat fish
    wc2.jpg

    more flat fish
    wc8.jpg

    and the babies
    wc3.jpg

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    All stunning looking fish mate. What are the blue flat fish? At 1st on though diamonds but there is some unique color in the halo so now I'm not sure...

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    Pour things , I'm sure they still wonder if that's their "Judgment day" on every WC

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    Quote Originally Posted by danotaylor View Post
    All stunning looking fish mate. What are the blue flat fish? At 1st on though diamonds but there is some unique color in the halo so now I'm not sure...
    These are just blue diamonds. I do notice that they have a halo effect when there's not much water in the tank though.

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    Pour things , I'm sure they still wonder if that's their "Judgment day" on every WC
    Just goes to show that discus are not the most intelligent creatures. These guys handle WC's very well, but the big discus are always flopping. I mean it's every single morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    Just goes to show that discus are not the most intelligent creatures. These guys handle WC's very well, but the big discus are always flopping. I mean it's every single morning...
    At least they're not looking for Pokemon all the time like I am! :-)

    Seriously, beautiful fish, Willie, thanks for sharing!

    Since there's some talk going on in my thread about water prep (and potential issues with that), do you mind sharing how you manage your water systems to keep up with the needs of all your tanks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    These are just blue diamonds. I do notice that they have a halo effect when there's not much water in the tank though.



    Just goes to show that discus are not the most intelligent creatures. These guys handle WC's very well, but the big discus are always flopping. I mean it's every single morning...
    Well I must admit that my humble experience with discus behaviour during WCs differs from yours Willie .
    I always start with neurotic and freaked discus that end up very calm and ready for 90% WC once they get accustomed to my routines .
    But regardless of how they feel about it , I guess we just got to do our thing and drain our tanks .

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    Filip: I would say the discus are pretty calm after the water change. Took this picture about 10 minutes afterwards.

    wc9.jpg

    During the water change is a different story. When the water level is down, some fish will flip around like flying saucers. I noticed that it's usually the same 1 - 2 fishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tshethar View Post
    ...Since there's some talk going on in my thread about water prep (and potential issues with that), do you mind sharing how you manage your water systems to keep up with the needs of all your tanks?...
    Tshethar;

    Over the years, I've tried to simplify things. All the tanks in my fishroom are on two racks. (The bottom rack is just a water reservoir tank.) All the fish are on top racks. You can see a pair of Liz's half blacks on the left and Kenny's Red Eagle on the right.

    wc10.jpg

    Every morning, I drained each tank with a Python. I use two Pythons at a time and there's enough time to wipe down the tank bottoms as well. After the tank drains, conditioned water is pumped up while dechlor is added. So I change 350 - 400 gallons every morning and the entire manual process takes about an hour and 30 minutes.

    The bottom tanks are filled from the tap, where it's heated and aerated. The process repeats the following morning. The tank sits on 1" styrofoam and is covered by the same. Three sides are wrapped with the silver insulation. You can see a water pump, two heaters and an airstone. It takes 12 minutes to fill a 125 gallon tank.

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    Nice set up Willie.

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    Any new update photos of the fry Willie ?
    Did they gained some weight so far ?

    I'm eager to see your progress . No pressure though

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    I'm not any good at photography, Filip. Here's what my iPhone can do.

    wc11.jpg

    These guys got their water change about 10 minutes ago and I just shredded some beefheart for them. They started eating BH as soon as I introduced it. There's a lot of beefheart in the tank because 1) I'll be at work for the next 10 hours, 2) I've got a business trip next week and will be gone 8 days and 3) they'll get a 100% WC tomorrow morning any way.

    I need to train them to attack a big hunk of BH by the weekend so my wife can do the feeding when I'm gone. (She's not going to shred any beefheart.)

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    Responding to Al's question, my lights are seldom on. I have overhead LED's in the fish room which are on for 2 hours in the morning when I'm changing water and maybe 2 hours in the evening when I'm home. The light on the grow out tank only turns on if I'm taking pictures. My fish room is in the basement and there's a small window, so it gets some light on sunny days. Otherwise, all my discus and angelfish are growing in very dim light.

    At night, the fish room is completely dark. I used to keep a night light on, but not any more. When I turn the lights on in the morning, there's no splashing.

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    Very nice and impressive way up as well as the pictures of the water change routine (flat fish)!

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