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This is a discussion on Care Suggestions For Small Discus within the Canadian Aqua Farm Discus Hatchery forums, part of the Vendors category; Originally Posted by Fish rookie Thanks for the speedy reply Rick. Is the measurement from fin to fin or just ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish rookie View Post
    Thanks for the speedy reply Rick. Is the measurement from fin to fin or just the body, please?
    You know, after my last batch of discus died I was so disappointed and upset I never thought I could actually see them growing up the way they do now.
    To be able to feed them with my hand was something I would not dare thinking about as I was too busy trying to get them to eat and not look so black and listless...
    I really cannot thank you enough for everything you have done.
    Thank you.
    As Scherb pointed out, the sizes I use are total length (including the tail). You are very welcome for the help, I'm glad that I can be of assistance. Thank-you to both you and GuppyGeorge for the kind words it is great to know that what I do is appreciated. It's always my pleasure to help others succeed with discus and dispel some of the myths that surround them.
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    Thanks Rick. I took some measurements. The biggest ones are about 2.5"-2.75" and the smallest one is almost 2". The rest of them are about 2" plus a bit more...
    I am wondering would it be okay to take out the filter and just perform 2-3 daily water change of 90%?
    The filter always gets dirty and even after I rinse the media in tank water I cannot really get all the food and what not out... If I take the filter away I feel that I might be able to provide them with cleaner water although I will lose the biological filtration. On the other hand, they are growing up fast and my tank is only 10 gallon so I am not sure if my ammonia/nitrite/nitrate level would rise too high in the few hours between water change and harm them.
    Thanks in advance for your response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish rookie View Post
    Thanks Rick. I took some measurements. The biggest ones are about 2.5"-2.75" and the smallest one is almost 2". The rest of them are about 2" plus a bit more...
    I am wondering would it be okay to take out the filter and just perform 2-3 daily water change of 90%?
    The filter always gets dirty and even after I rinse the media in tank water I cannot really get all the food and what not out... If I take the filter away I feel that I might be able to provide them with cleaner water although I will lose the biological filtration. On the other hand, they are growing up fast and my tank is only 10 gallon so I am not sure if my ammonia/nitrite/nitrate level would rise too high in the few hours between water change and harm them.
    Thanks in advance for your response.
    Yes, you can the filter since you are changing the water every day. You still need to keep heavy aeration to provide oxygen.
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    Thank you for your quick response, really appreciate it.
    May I know what the the signs to watch out for in terms of lackage of aeration, please?
    Thank you.

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    Rapid breathing or in extreme cases hanging head up at the surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish rookie View Post
    Yes, they were. Thanks.
    I have made some seafood mix for them. Is there any trick to introduce new food, please? They would eat this new food but not going crazy for it.
    I use wild cod, salmon, shrimp, scallop, krill, brine shrimp, sprilina, egg york (to bind everything together), mixed with some live spectrum food (for the vitamin), some freeze dried black worm, blended together until they are very smooth and consistent. They do not fall apart and make a big mess after being dropped.
    I freeze them and then cut out cubes to feed them.
    Thank you.
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    hi All,
    i ve got many question on how to mix the Nori powder into beefheart with measurement by scale...the Nori powder is natural food for our discus, it will not matter if it is too much of Nori Powder in the beefheart....here is the rough measure if u dont have a scale, divede the 100 grams of Nori powder into 50/50..
    then 25/25...then 12.5 / 12.5.....u will end with 8 portions of Nori powder...each portion will be enuf for 1 pound of beefheart...pack each portion of Nori powder seperately with plastic bags or wrap with paper n keep them in the freezer or chiller...

    for mixing the Nori powder into beefheart, u may mix the Nori powder in beefheart n grind them together or if already grind the beefheart, just defrost the beefheart n mix the Nori powder evenly into beefheart n frozen the beefheart again...

    Mixing the Baby Shrimp powder will be the same amount as the Nori powder....thx

    haha...i know,i know my english...lol...hope all of u will understand it..
    Mixing Nori Powder Into Beefheart

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    Updates: I notice the smallest one sometimes turns dark so I took a closer look and noticed a small fin nip on his tail. It looks to be a fin rot of some sort, but not too bad. Because of this I have decided to keep using a filter to keep the water as clean as I can.
    I am now using a HOB AC 20 with just a bag of purigen and a corner filter with bio media. The filter and filter media are being rinsed everytime I do a water change. Right now I am doing two 90% with a 50% if and when I am home. I am using DI water heated over night.
    I will keep an eye on the nip, it seems to be getting smaller and he is not as dark anymore but if it gets worst I will cut the nip off the tail with a pair of scissors.
    Other than this little incident, the rest of the discus are growing, eating, and doing fine. They are now 2 months and 2 weeks.
    Here are some pictures.








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    Nice, the colours are starting to come in. Keep it up!
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    I suppose a nice stock does make a big difference. Thanks once agian for your wonderful discus and everything you have done for me.
    2-3 of them are quite a bit bigger than the rest. I am trying to float the food so each of them can have a chance to eat but so far the small ones are not caught up yet, and the biggest one is really eating a lot. The one with the rot is the smallest one. I hope he makes it.
    I am thinking of cutting the rot off the fin tonight. Fingers crossed it will be over before he knows it.

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    So now you have to be surgeon to be a discus owner. LOL

    It doesn't sound too easy.

 

 
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