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    Default Heckel, only three left

    Finally got around to clearing out most of my other tanks and setup. I am monitoring this tank once again. I must say, these are what is keeping me interested in discus these days.

    Their coloring is always changing but these three are in a 75 gallon of RO water.

    https://youtu.be/r46aNA-AcLY

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    Nice Van

    Your discus are talking to you....are you listening


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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Thanks Pat. Had these for about 18 months now. Lost a few a year ago when going through the whirling issue.

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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Since I have been keeping my wilds at a fairly low TDS I have not the whirling issue. The one exception was with the Cuipeua I got in February. They were flashing, rubbing and one started to dart and whirl. I consulted with Al and he suggested a round of Formalin which nipped it in the butt.

    What are you hoping to do with the heckels Van, getting more?
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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    Since I have been keeping my wilds at a fairly low TDS I have not the whirling issue. The one exception was with the Cuipeua I got in February. They were flashing, rubbing and one started to dart and whirl. I consulted with Al and he suggested a round of Formalin which nipped it in the butt.

    What are you hoping to do with the heckels Van, getting more?
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    To be honest. Not sure. I did see some pairing behavior when I had them with the Heckel crosses last year. I've been debating on putting the crosses back in the tank but I would need to slowly raise the pH first. I know two of these three get really territorial when I add anything but wild in this tank.

    I was using almond leaves in the tank since I got them until I ran out this year. I've been using the tea and peat since you introduce the tea to me. I think my whirling problem happened every after 75+ percent water changes. I can't say if that is the exact cause. I think they died from hitting the tank more than anything. I also found that they don't like to be on the lower tank either.

    I am monitoring the tank now and it's between 4.2 and 4.5 pH. The EC, I am still trying to get it down a bit more. It's between 80-100. I am thinking of doing what John mentioned in the past. For the summer, I may just hook up the RO output to the tank and let it drip about 30 GPD.
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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Another video


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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Beautiful heckels Van, hope you get a pair out of them!

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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    I keep heckels hard to get them on other foods they only eat live black worms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert S View Post
    I keep heckels hard to get them on other foods they only eat live black worms.
    Mine likes FDBW and Sera pellets. See you are local. What do you have?

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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Beautiful, Heckles for sure

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    Default Re: Heckel, only three left

    Here they are after a few months of lower pH. I introduced a male heckel crossed to the tank and he is getting bullied around a bit.


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