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Well as I expected my daughter has become sick of taking care of her 4 foot tank and is unloading it onto me ..woo hoo..

My first choice was to put in an oscar but am now thinking of discus after seeing them at the LFS.

MY question is how many would I keep in a tank this size and what else will live happily with them????

And are there any tips on water quality etc .that can be passed on to me???

Thanx.

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My initial thought is that your bore water might be a bit hard for them, Deb. But of course that little scrap of info floating in my head might not be related to you at all. :thumbs: Find out what your LFS does with their water and see if you can replicate that. I think these days discus aren't as finnicky as they used to be. Well at least that's what a lot of people tell me when they find out I'm a bit scared of keeping them. :lol:

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Yep you remembered right Bazzi....I will check with the LFS first ..I am concerned about keeping them coz their not the cheapest fish to buy out here so I might do some homework first.

They sure are pretty though. lol

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Discus are tougher than most people give them credit for.

3 rules

*clean water (no ammonia, nitrates and very low nitrates) pH below 7.4, slightly soft - seachem discus buffer is really all you need

*warm water - 26oC plus (DON'T let them get chilled)

*feed quality foods. if you shell out good money for good fish for heavens sake buy them some decent food. Do not skimp on nutrition.

Discus are Cichlids. They will pair bond and hassle others if they want to breed. Choose high body tetras as companions. Rummynose, tetras and cardinals are likely to become dinner. Can be kept with apistos, rams, corys, small black ghost knife, elephant nose, etc

HTH J

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Hmmm I thought the LFS may have been over priced with discus going for $70.00 each but just had a look on live fish and theres were $80.00 for the same 5-6cm fish.....

Is this the going price every where for discus????

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Yes that's what most lps charge. I have seen them in trading post and some other fish for sale websites for less. The oakleigh aquarium will ship but you have to buy $300 worth. His are $15.00 for ones that need lots of attention but some are 4 for $100 but I think you need to be there to choose those ones. Depending on the day if you get a good buy or not. From $35 up there are some beautiful discus. Maybe if you do a ring around some aquariums you may find some cheaper ones or if you get a few you may get a bit of a discount? Lots of money isn't it, but they are beautiful.

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They are beautiful ....Living in Dubbo doesnt give much choice of LFS to choose from , and out of them only 1 shop sells discus and not all the time.

Might have to come up with a plan B on this one...

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Never kept Discus so I can't offer any advice but I think they are beautiful. Please let us know how you go with them. BTW how many petshops are there in Dubbo, just out of curiousity.

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  • 2 weeks later...

3 pet shops in Dubbo one that specialises in only fish , 1 that has a pretty big selection and one that has a limited selection of mostly guppies and more platys etc..

Pretty much have to be there on the day fish arrive coz they go quick and the rarer types of fish go super quick.

And compared to Sydney prices are quite high here also.

Ive given up on the discus idea , way too much money for a novice like me so am thinking of an angel / cichlid tank ..More research to do on that as I like to go for the larger cichlids.

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