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    My discus have arrived

    Heya,

    As promised in my other thread, some pictures.

    2 red pigeon blood
    2 blue diamond
    2 red turquoise

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    Nice looking fish!Click here to enlarge
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    Congrats! Very nice looking fish! I'll have to do some research on discus everyone seems to be getting them but I don't know much about them.



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    Nice!

    the red pigeons are showing a ton of potential.

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    love em

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    Wow, now THAT is some color! Nice looking fish man Click here to enlarge
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    how are the fish doing
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inkbull Click here to enlarge
    how are the fish doing
    Pretty good!

    They're all eating, and they seem to have acclimated to their new surroundings. I think I offended them by serving them D50 pellets, which they tried to ignore, but eventually ended up eating them.

    Currently they're getting a mix of beefheart (stendker goodheart mix), D50 flake, and D50 pellets. They gobble the beefheart up the moment it hits the water...as for the flakes and pellets...well lets just say they get eaten
    but the fish like me to know that they are offended :P

    Was cleaning my powerhead driven sponge filter yesterday, and one of the Red Turquoise discus came up to my hand and started nudging it, I'm not entirely sure what he/she was after, but it was pretty cool.

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    the only time ive been nudged is when my yellow face melon and pigion blood were defending their eggs otherwise when they are excited over food they just bite me
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    Question for all you discus'y types out there.

    The pigeon blood (right hand side) in the top photo, seems to - for lack of a better word - claimed part of the tank. He or she..is deliberately chasing the others out of that area if they swim too close. It allows the other pigeon blood (left hand side) in the top photo, to come into that area, and they "sort of" swim with each other. Is this a pair bonding? I wouldn't have thought they would do it this soon..

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    hard to say but i have noticed that not all discus get along and its hard finding a balance in a large school. if they both pair up and start defending then its a good sign, best of luck that things work out
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    They are still a ciclid after all lol the more discus the easier it is because the aggression is spread out
    Ps update?

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    No change really, they're still all doing OK Click here to enlarge

    The pigeon blood still seems to protect his little area of the tank, chases the others off, but they're all still getting food, no bullying or exclusions.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JonK Click here to enlarge
    Question for all you discus'y types out there.

    The pigeon blood (right hand side) in the top photo, seems to - for lack of a better word - claimed part of the tank. He or she..is deliberately chasing the others out of that area if they swim too close. It allows the other pigeon blood (left hand side) in the top photo, to come into that area, and they "sort of" swim with each other. Is this a pair bonding? I wouldn't have thought they would do it this soon..
    Sounds like they might be pairing up. My Pengang Eruptions did that for a while until they started laying eggs on the sponge filter. My checkerboard pigeons were a little more docile when pairing up, and took a while for them to find a good spawning location. They tried a couple different places on the driftwood then finally found the other sponge filter (I have two in the tank).

    When the swim together do they "fan" their fins and kind of swim upwards? Looks almost like a dance. It was really cool to watch mine doing it.
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    I guess they were pairing up...

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    I'm not really expecting any survivors though, I think my water is too hard.

    Also wasn't really expecting eggs considering they are quite young, so I guess they just found the best place they could come up with to put them.

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    Wow Nice fish and maybe you can get lucky.
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    Nah, no luck. Could be a case of "new parents" but it could also be a case of the water being too hard for the eggs to be fertilized.
    I saw a few of the eggs go white, and about 5 hours ago the "parents" ate the eggs.

    Going to buy a discus egg..clay pot thing (Not sure of the translation). Still, that wont fix the hardness of the water though, so I'm also considering a RO/DI unit.
    But, after doing lots of reading and checking out other posts, I doubt that even if I were to provide softer water and a proper place for them to lay their eggs, I doubt any of the fry would survive with other discus around.

    Which brings me to needing a separate breeding tank for them...and all of the issues / concerns and stuff that go with that.

    Phew, not sure what I'm going to do, but it was sure interesting to watch them laying their eggs Click here to enlarge

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    congratz i wish you the best of luck with the breeding
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    Update and a question..

    Update is: Discus are all doing fine, they have all grown, all looking happy and all feeding. They are still not as enthusiastic about the flake food, but they sure do love their evening beef heart.

    Question is: My "pair" of pigeon bloods (going to assume they are a pair now, as they are both swimming together and watching over the eggs together), are constantly laying eggs. The eggs get to about 36-48 hours, some of them go white, and some stay "orangey". However, almost every time around that mark, the parents eat the eggs. I'm going to assume that they were not fertilized.

    So my question is, is it harmful if they keep laying eggs every week and a half?

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    from what ive read if the fish are too young it could stunt the female and it takes from the females life expectancy
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    beuatiful

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    very nice
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    Beautiful fish. I will hopefully be getting some of my own soon

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    Yeah I want some but I am not really interested in getting Discus without an R/O unit.

    I would just feel like the biggest :&%#*$%# if they died lol also what a waste of money lol

    I am trying my luck with angels for the time being lol less financial risk

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