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6th Annual discus grow out contest journal: Garageman1212

This is a discussion on 6th Annual discus grow out contest journal: Garageman1212 within the CAF Annual Discus Grow-out Contest forums, part of the Canadian Aqua Farm Discus Hatchery category; Whoops almost forgot to do my first update. I've been keeping African cichlids for the past 10 years and wanted ...

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    Whoops almost forgot to do my first update. I've been keeping African cichlids for the past 10 years and wanted to give discus a try, this seemed like a great opportunity. As for the setup it won't win any beauty contests but it works. I've acquired a bunch of stuff over the years so I just pulled some stuff out of storage.
    Tank: it's a 25 gallon I got for free it was the dirtiest tank I've ever seen covered in duct tape and I think it was a lizard tank. Cleaned it up and resealed it. Lid is green house material and covered three sides in green wrapping paper. Haha it's all I had on hand.
    Filter: aqua clear 70. I had a bunch of canisters but wanted to clean the filter each water change so I picked the hob. Easier to get into.
    I'm aging the water in an old 35 gallon sump I had with and air stone to circulate it and a pump that is plumbed into the main tank. Water changes are 98Ish% as much as I can get out everyday. Water temp is 30C and ph is 8.0. I wipe down everything and clean the filter every water change. The slime build up is crazy. I'm feeding freeze dried black worms 6 times a day. Got some nls discus pellets but they won't eat them yet. May try to make a beefheat mix haven't decided. Doing good on FDBW so far. They were happy and eating 2 hours after I got them in the tank and have been doing great since. A couple are just starting to show a little color and they are all growing at about the same rate so far. That's about all I can think of. Thanks to Rick for answering all my questions and for the great and fast shipping. The picture is all I had on my phone I'll take some better ones later.
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    Wow! These guys have done some serious growing in the month that you have had them. Great shape and eye to body ratio. I wouldn't change a thing in your routine.
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    nice looking fish - Edmonton water is excellent for growing out fish! Really. Good luck!. Brent

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    Good luck Garageman1212! Your discus are looking really good. I got some catching up to do

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    Thanks guys. Time for an update, not much has changed still eating and growing a bunch. Starting to get some color it's hard to tell with no light on the tank. Measured the biggest one a little bit ago and he was about 3.25". Just about ready for a bigger tank. I didn't want to move them to 65 I have for them yet they seem comfortable and can find the food easier in the smaller tank. Plus water changes are faster so I picked up a cheap 38 gallon for them. Held water so I just have to paint up the back and sides. Don't know what color probably just white? I wanted to build a sump for it mostly because they are fun to build but the aqua clears are so easy to keep clean I'm going to stick with them. Picked up another one for redundancy. That way if one breaks the tank still has filtration. Also I wanted to try purigen so I put a bag in one of my other tanks to test out. If it does anything I'll add some to this one. That's about it I think.
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    Great job, they are growing out very nicely.
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    February update. Nothing to report really. Going to have to order some more food and move them to the new tank in the next couple weeks. They have been eating and growing good still. Put a light from another tank on there to take the pictures and they look way better going to have to make a light for the new tank. That's about it till next month I guess.
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    Wow there looking huge!

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    I really love the shape of these and the eye to body ratio is fantastic! If you would like to encourage more development of colour you could try the Bio Pigment black worms this time.
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    Well got the discus into their new tank. Little more room to move around. They arnt quite as comfortable as in the smaller tank, still eating good just not as aggressively as before. Hopefully it just takes some time to get adjusted. Only other thing I noticed after the move was one of them had red at the base of his lateral fins. He's still eating and acting normal. He's slightly darker than the rest. Nothing else is different. I've never seen it bore and can't find anything online about what it would be. Just going to monitor him for now I guess.
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