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    Hi everyone! I am Shan and I'm an amateur fish keeper. I've dabbled in community setups, planted tanks, and on the summer of 2019 I came across a buddy of mine who had a couple of gorgeous discus. At the time I didn't know what they were but I was instantly swept away. I just had to have some.

    I spent the next few months (August 2019-November 2019) researching and lurking these forums to learn as much as I could before finally starting my project.

    I am so excited!

    I began with a plan - I wanted to experience raising discus to the best of both mine and their potential. This meant daily 90% PWC and as many feedings I could (at least 4).

    With the help of a friend I made through my local aquarium fb group, we made a stand for my brand new 55. I also painted the underbottom a sand color paint and added my touches on the back panel.

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    I got a 55 aging barrel as well and have been practicing water changes recently. I have 2 powerful 1/6hp and a slightly less powerful aquarium pump to drain water and help with water changes. I have been fishless cycling the tank since early December of 2019 and it seems to be fully cycled!

    I recently purchased some manzanita wood and will be adding it to the tank shortly.

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    I am driving up to Hans this Sunday to get 12-14 juvenile discus with nice round bodies and small eyes.

    HYPE! Will post more pictures as I continue to add more to the tank!

    Wish me luck!

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    How exciting! It seems that you've done a lot of reading. I'm looking forward to seeing you progress. Have you decided on what strains you want yet?
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    I love the Love and Peace back ground!! great stand. I hope that your journey is a flawless one. Welcome to the forum although you've been lurking for months!

    any ideas on the strain you're going to keep?

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    Thank you guys! Yes I have an idea roughly.

    Starting with

    3x Brilliant Turqs
    3x German Wonder
    3x Cobalts
    2x White Leopard
    2x Pigeon Blood (Orange)


    I'm not sure if the white leopard is pigeon blood and whether or not I should even mix them in case I get the breeding itch in a year or two

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    The white leopard sounds like a PB to me and of course your orange pigeons are. If you think you may want to breed I would go either with all Pigeons or all non pigeons. Otherwise, just get what rings your bell.
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    Hi Shan, the tank looks great and glad to see you have been reading up and sound prepared. Looking forward to see what you do fish wise. Once your juvies are settled and doing well what's your next step. I see another tank in your future.
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    Thanks Pat! Hopefully they don't outgrow the 55 too soon. I'll be upgrading to a 90 then!

    After talking with Hans I think I may get some pigeon blood mixed in with my nons and worry about breeding later. Maybe two years down the line. For now let's just see how I grow them out and will focus on learning.

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    Trip to Hans was long, but totally worth it. Had a great time with Hans. RIP Ravens.

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    Got home super late (9hr trip) but the fish were great and acclimation didn't take long. They eagerly ate right away and I dimmed the lights right after to let them adjust.



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    Week 2 Update.

    Appetite seems to have increased. I'm feeding them as much as I can on the days I have off (5-6 feedings). But usually weekdays they get fed 3 times BH and flakes while im at work. Loving them so much. Water changes are becoming habit, enjoying all aspects of keeping these babies. =D

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