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    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Amanda and I've been keeping fish for approximately 10 years. A few months ago, I was at my LFS and I purchased 3 juvenile discus (2.5"). I had never kept Discus before but I was so excited to have them. I usually never purchase fish on impulse but I was assured by the store owner that all these fish needed were warm water and water changes often. They told me it would be completely okay to have only 3 of them in a 40g breeder with my 9 pristella tetras. Fast forward - they were doing just fine until we hit the 2 1/2 week mark. They stopped eating and started showing signs of Hex. With the help of an experienced breeder, we treated with epsom salt and raised the temperature to 90 degrees with no improvements. We started a metro treatment after 4 days of the epsom salt because all fish were now pooping white long strings. The first fish passed after day 1 of metro treatment, the 2nd passed on the 3rd day and the 3rd fish passed on the 5th day. I WAS DEVASTATED. I have never in all of my years keeping fish felt so helpless.

    After studying the SimplyDiscus forum, as suggested by maDiscus2.jpgny, I realized that these fish probably never stood a chance. They were unhealthy (being inexperienced with them when purchasing, I didn't realize this).

    Fast forward again - I purchased a 125g tank that would be solely for Discus. I contacted Hans and kept in touch with him while my new tank was cycling. When my tank was ready, I put in an order for 15, 4" Discus. They're finally here and they're AMAZING! These fish are incredibly healthy, beautiful and extremely social. My computer is located right next to their tank, where they all just swim right next to me and keep me company.

    I purchased, 2 Solid Fire Reds, 2 Brilliant Turq's, 1 Red P.B., 1 Blue P.B., 1 Blue Diamond, 2 Checkerboard, 2 Blue Snakeskin, 2 German Wonder and 2 White Leopards.

    I look forward to sharing my journey with all of you.

    Amanda

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    Hi Amanda and welcome to the forum. That was a hard lesson but now you are on the right path. Looking forward to you sharing your journey with us
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    Thank you so much!

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    Welcome Amanda.
    I picked up some of the same strains you did just yesterday also !
    My discus are from Hans also and I am sure you will have better luck this time .
    I got 2 Diamond blues ,2 German Wonders and 2 Brilliants yesterday ..
    I guess I don't need to say I think you have great taste !
    I hope you enjoy the forum these guys and gals here have great info and always here to help ..
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    Welcome, Amanda! Your selection of fish look nice. Maybe the lesson to learn is to buy your fish from those sellers that are found here on the forum. Although Hans is not listed almost all well agree that Hans is too among the best of the best. Some loss is to be expected anyway. Over the past 18 months I have lost 2 of 8. So let this forum with its collection of experts help you through the learning curve and you will be successful. N.Y., stay safe.

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    welcome Amanda , cant wait to see more pictures of your fish

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    Sorry - I don't know why my pictures are posting sideways!!

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    Welcome Amanda. Nice discus.

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    If you resize your pictures, even slightly, they'll show right side up.

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    Welcome Amanda.
    I think most of us on here have gone down that path. Its a nice feeling of accomplishment to be able to keep a nice group of discus like yours. Good luck with the rest of your discus keeping.
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    Welcome Amanda.......nice fish. Btw, love your scape as well.

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    Wow new and takes better pictures then me !
    Between you and Pat my pictures will give other members headaches !
    I'll just send members here when they want to see what my new guys look like !
    My guys are only 3 inches so it is nice to see what they will turn into ..
    I will watching yours and hoping mine turn out as nice ..They look good !
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    Oh don't feel bad- I have a bit of an advantage at photography- it's been a hobby for many years and I used to shoot professionally before I decided that it was more fulfilling as a hobby!! Haha.... But yes - the German Wonders, Brill Turq's & the Blue Diamond are really all so beautiful - I'm sure you're going to be extremely happy when yours grow!

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    Wow new and takes better pictures then me !
    Between you and Pat my pictures will give other members headaches !
    I'll just send members here when they want to see what my new guys look like !
    My guys are only 3 inches so it is nice to see what they will turn into ..
    I will watching yours and hoping mine turn out as nice ..They look good !

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    G'day Amanda and welcome! Lovely bright healthy looking discus! How about a wide full tank shot of your 125gal? Looking good!!
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