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    Dave here, in Tucson, AZ.

    I've kept aquariums since the early 90's, about 50% fresh water and 50% salt water with those being reef tanks. For me my sweet spot seems to be 125-135 gallon tanks, although I have had and do have some smaller, but never bigger yet. I've had a breeding pair of Green Severum, I've bred and raised German Blue Rams. I currently have a pair of Angelfish that breed like rabbits, lol, I've had to set up another tank to house the juveniles as the local Mom & Pops are still hunkered down from the Covid. I've kept Africans, as well as long ago had a 135 with some very beautiful fancy Goldfish.

    My wife and I have decided recently that we're going to get out of salt water, and we want to change the 125 in the dining room to Discus. The more I read, and learn, the more I am sure that these fish may require me to up my aquarium keeping game a bit, or at least modify a few of the rules and habits that I keep. I'll try to search out answers before I post questions, but I think it's inevitable that I will be asking some redundant questions.

    I am a Journeyman Tool & Diemaker by trade, for the last 10 years I've managed a machine shop. Married, 4 kids all grown up and on their own. Other hobbies include cycling, mountain as well as road, I run a bit, and have a sleeper all hot rodded out 84 Mustang convertible, we like to camp and take long weekend riding get aways. Oh, and a big 'ol fuzzy Himalayan cat, my baby.

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    Hello! Weocome! I believe that when you combining your experiences with a few basic guidelines and practices that Discus keeping will be not a problem for you while at the same time an enjoyable event.
    Last edited by peewee1; 05-17-2020 at 12:13 AM.

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    Hello my name is Miguel but my friends callme Maico.
    I live in Monterrey Mexico.

    about my experience withaquariums alway have from childhood and quit about 20 years ago my knowledge is old and simple, 40-50 teaye ago I did not know of water changes,parameters of water etc. symply set up a nice tank buy plants fish add water ( not in that order ) and enjoy it really good.
    today it is more sofisticade I see thanks to a site like this (facinating) all the info I can get at my fingertips. so I decided if I am going to start again has to be an extaordinary experience and unique and Discus is the way to go ONLY , I am not intrested in other fish. so here I am.
    I who have nothing (Tom Jones) and aquarium wise of cource. so I will start from cero.I started to read thhese threads and want to learn as much as possible.
    here in monterrey there are some stores but nothing fancy thryhave equipment for beguiners and I understand is the market.
    so far this is where I am standing and thank you for acepting me in this forum
    best regards to all
    Maico

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    Hello All.
    Vinni Smith here from Nashville TN.

    Nancy and I live here with great danes, horses, goats, chickens, doves and now DISCUS.

    We have had aquariums all our lives. Freshwater, saltwater and even outside koi ponds. We love our fish.

    Right now we are waiting for our new 140 acrylic tank and stand to be built. 36 x 30 x 30.

    We have a 56 gallon tank right now filled with 12 assorted discus. I did not know about this forum and unfortunately purchased fish from 3 different sources. Most are doing well but a couple not so well.

    I just found out that the two blue diamonds and the one red pigeon checkerboard fish are from Hans. We purchased them from our local shop here in Nashville. I called Hans yesterday on the phone and had a wonderful chat with him. He was driving on his way to the airport. Great fellow.

    This tank is very seasoned. Had it up for about 7 years now. I have recently made it a bare bottom because I like the looks and ease of maintenance.

    I am doing about 50% water change twice a week.

    Nancy and I own a guitar pick business. We hand make boutique guitar picks played by Carlos Santana, ZZ TOP, Aerosmith and Steely Dan. It is a fun job and keeps us very busy. But we are blessed in that we can stay home all day, every day with our animals.

    Nice to meet you all. Looking forward to learning a bunch of stuff from you. Just the past couple of days have been very eye opening.

    Vinni

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    Welcome Vinnie !
    I will think of you if I actually get to see Steely Dan this year at SPAC .They have re scheduled but are still planning to perform July first ..
    I am a big fan of Hans discus and have a few ,myself .He is the only supplier I have got my discus from and I am very pleased .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhFp68wjRUU
    ^^ My fish room tour by Richsfishes ^^
    Got rams ?

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    Hallo
    I am Agung from Indonesia.
    I want to try raising Discus.
    At first I was afraid to start. But I am convinced by so many sharing experiences from all of you. It will help me in raising discus

    Thanks for sharing from all of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhay View Post
    Hallo
    I am Agung from Indonesia.
    I want to try raising Discus.
    At first I was afraid to start. But I am convinced by so many sharing experiences from all of you. It will help me in raising discus

    Thanks for sharing from all of you.
    Hello,m Agung! It is a good thing that you have the desire to going the world of discus. Because you live in Indonesia you are very near to the sources of Asian raised discus. It will be interesting to know about your ongoing experiences. Please continue to share those experiences.

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    Hi Peewee1.
    Thanks for your welcome.
    I will try to follow up my discus.
    Currently. I have 6 discus blue diamond. Seller say they are 2. They arrived at 26 May 2020.

    Unfortunately, I have already buy small tank (50 x 28 x 30). My first plan is to learn breeding.
    After I watch some senior discus in YouTube . I change my plan to growing up discus..

    I try to grow them in my current tank.

    Can you share your experience

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhay View Post
    Hi Peewee1.
    Thanks for your welcome.
    I will try to follow up my discus.
    Currently. I have 6 discus blue diamond. Seller say they are 2”. They arrived at 26 May 2020.

    Unfortunately, I have already buy small tank (50 x 28 x 30). My first plan is to learn breeding.
    After I watch some senior discus in YouTube . I change my plan to growing up discus..

    I try to grow them in my current tank.

    Can you share your experience

    Thanks
    Okay, I had posted this elsewhere but I do not recall where so I will give quick experience to you. I began maybe 1980s with 4 20 gallon tanks and Discus that I bought from a San Francisco breeder Herman Chan. I did not know any more that what I read but I did develop 4 or 5 breeding pairs of wild or first generation wild discus. At some point I had to move my home so I did not continue with breeding activities. Later, maybe 2 years ago I had business with friend who also had bred Angelfish and Discus for many years. He encouraged me to to begin Discus again by giving to me complete aquarium system. I now have only 5 fish but have begun breeding tank for a pair. I will add 2 more this month to my aquarium to replace them with hope to find another pair for breeding. I have learned much from this forum including importance of water changing and something about medications. I prefer variations of wild discus instead of hybrid versions.

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    Thank you for sharing your experience Mr Peewee1
    Now I still observe their eating behaviors. From the 26th, I gave FBW. 1 Day 3 times, sometimes 4 times. I still keep observing. I noticed they long time spent his meal. can be 3-4 hours. Is this something normal?

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