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This is a discussion on 4th Annual Grow Out Contest Journal: pamdb33 within the CAF Annual Discus Grow-out Contest forums, part of the Canadian Aqua Farm Discus Hatchery category; Had a special deliver show up at the Charlottetown airport today! I'm very excited to start growing out these beautiful ...

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    Had a special deliver show up at the Charlottetown airport today!

    I'm very excited to start growing out these beautiful fish. I've been keeping community tanks for over 15 years, but just started keeping discus about a year and a half ago. I currently have a 108 gal planted tank with an assortment of Tangerine pigeon blood, Checkerboard and Blue Turquoise discus.

    My new arrives are currently setup with:
    - 20 gal tank
    - Aqua Clear HOB filter
    - Air stone for extra aeration
    - 86 degree water
    - at least 5 daily feedings of a variety of foods (Mysis shrimp, CAF Freeze dried black worms, and homemade frozen beef heart food)
    - daily 90% Water changes

    Once they grow out of the 20 gal, they will move to a lovely 45 gal bow front tank. So far they are doing well, schooling along and checking out their new digs. Leaving the light off tonight to allow them to settle, so I will post some pics tomorrow.

    Cheers!

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    Glad to hear they arrived safe n sound looking forward to mine next week

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    I'm very glad to hear that they arrived well and look forward to the photos. It sounds like you are going to be off to a great start with them. Good luck in the contest!
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    Got a great shot of the little ones eating. I'm starting to think I didn't order enough of the Blackworms from CAF.

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    So the contest has just started and I'm down to 2 fish.

    I thought I was taking enough precautions to prevent Gas Bubble Disease, but apparently it wasn't enough. After doing a water change Saturday night, all seemed well, but when I got up Sunday morning I found one of the discus had died, and the remaining 5 were experiencing swim bladder issues. As the day continued, so did the deaths.

    As of right now I have 2 holding on, looking a lot better than they did yesterday. I'm hoping the worst has past and I'll carry on with my little all stars in the contest.

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    Did the last two bounce back from the GBD?
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    They are doing well so far. My only concern now is if they will be extra stressed only being in a pair instead of a group of 6. There are times I check on the tank and they are in seperate corners.

    There is no where on PEI to get 4 more juvi discus to join them... well, aside from Staceym's house. :P

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    They are definitely more confident in larger groups but you could also try adding some dither fish to the tank which may help to make them feel more comfortable.
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    I was thinking of the dither fish as well. I can move some tetras over from my big tank to keep them company.

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    My 2 all-stars are doing great. I've added 5 Black phantom tetras from my large discus tank to keep them company and everyone is getting along well. I figure they are just under 2" now, and have finally taken a shine to my homemade beef heart food. They still prefer the black worms from CAF, but I'm glad they are getting a little more variety in their diet.

    I've notice the discus' eye colour getting slightly darker this week, but the bigger development is the overall colour difference between the two. One is turning a pretty shade of yellow, while the other is pearly white!

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