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  1. Thread: Water Hardness

    by Dkarc
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    If you arent trying to spawn the fish and you...

    If you arent trying to spawn the fish and you arent dealing with wilds, you'll be fine (given that they are healthy to begin with). No need to mess with pH/hardness unless it is absolutely out of...
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    Just be sure to keep a little bit of salt in the...

    Just be sure to keep a little bit of salt in the tank to help with the nitrites.

    -Ryan
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    What is your pH?? If it is anywhere near 7.0 or...

    What is your pH?? If it is anywhere near 7.0 or lower, no need to worry so much about the ammonia levels. Even at a pH of 7.5+, ammonia is only in a percentage of it's unionized form (ammonia), which...
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    Most skimmers available wont work in freshwater...

    Most skimmers available wont work in freshwater very well (needle wheel impellar). Need a pump driven venturi to work effeciently and even then, there are mixed results. IMO, not worth the hassle for...
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    How frequently you have to do water changes...

    How frequently you have to do water changes depends greatly on your goals. If you're after top quality breeding stock, then yes massive frequent water changes are a good idea. If you just want to...
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    A name is a name.....a lot of the newer color...

    A name is a name.....a lot of the newer color types is marketing hype. Just buy what you like and have fun with what it could grow up to be.

    -Ryan
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    Where are you located? That will help us give you...

    Where are you located? That will help us give you a better idea of where best for you to get fish.

    -Ryan
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    Kenny all the way. Good honest importer. Cant go...

    Kenny all the way. Good honest importer. Cant go wrong.

    -Ryan
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    At that pH, so long as the ammonia doesnt go over...

    At that pH, so long as the ammonia doesnt go over 0.50 you'll be fine. The pecentage of actual free ammonia is a very small percent....the rest is in it's ionized form of ammonium, which is...
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    Dont worry about the pH. So long as you arent...

    Dont worry about the pH. So long as you arent getting wild discus, they'll do fine. My own local tap water hovers around the 8.2 mark here in Orlando. Discus do fine in it. Key is not a specific...
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    Usually when those show up on discus they arent...

    Usually when those show up on discus they arent of much concern. Just keep an eye on it and let us know if it gets worse. I wouldnt try to treat it for anything at this point in time....just make...
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    Getting them to eat dry food after they've been...

    Getting them to eat dry food after they've been spoiled for so long on live/frozen is hard. Best bet is to offer them the dry feed first thing in the morning when they are hungriest. It might take a...
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    False. Discus handle normal salt levels just fine...

    False. Discus handle normal salt levels just fine (3-4ppt being defined as "normal"). What he has in his tank is way below that mark im sure.

    -Ryan
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    Discus are more resiliant than what most people...

    Discus are more resiliant than what most people think. They can handle a lot. Glad to hear most came out ok.

    -Ryan
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    It is a turquoise/checkerboard variant. Some...

    It is a turquoise/checkerboard variant. Some people would call that a "maze" discus, others a red turquoise.....it's only a name. Use what you want.

    -Ryan
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    It looks an aweful like he scraped himself really...

    It looks an aweful like he scraped himself really bad on that side.....and a secondary fungal issue is/was starting to show. Increase water changes to as frequently as you can, and add salt to the...
  17. Sticky: Safe-guard is Panacur/Fenbendazole, which treats...

    Safe-guard is Panacur/Fenbendazole, which treats nematodes. Most likely if your fish are really thin, I would go the other way for deworming and use Praziquantel (prazi for short) for tapeworms.
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    Sticky: I have had discus at a salinity of well over 4-5...

    I have had discus at a salinity of well over 4-5 ppt with little issues long term. If you're going for a high salinity like 4-5ppt dont dump it all in at once, space it out over a day or so. Keep in...
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    Sticky: From my brief reading on the problem, first thing...

    From my brief reading on the problem, first thing that sent a red flag up in my mind was that you got new fish a few days ago....and now they're sick (correct?). Lack of quarantine is the root cause...
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    Unfortunetly there are very few papers specific...

    Unfortunetly there are very few papers specific to discus (most are based on protein/amino acid and fat requirements). However, it is a known fact that fish need minerals for metabolism, nerve...
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    The only time RO is necessary is when an adult...

    The only time RO is necessary is when an adult pair spawns. The softer water is required for proper fertilization....nothing else. Juvi's will actually grow better in harder water as they utilize a...
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    How many do you plan on having in there total?...

    How many do you plan on having in there total? Depending on the number of fish you could do all at once, or split it into 2 groups...1-2 weeks apart. Just keep a close eye on ammonia/nitrite levels....
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    I moved to Tampa about 1.5 years ago to finish my...

    I moved to Tampa about 1.5 years ago to finish my degree in Aquaculture. My facility has since been torn down. Dont have any pics of it while it was in operation, however I do have plenty of pictures...
  24. Thread: dwarf?

    by Dkarc
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    dwarf = stunted. Stunted doesnt necessarily mean...

    dwarf = stunted. Stunted doesnt necessarily mean unhealthy, just that it wasnt properly taken care of when it was younger.

    -Ryan
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    8-10 years is a good life span. However with...

    8-10 years is a good life span. However with everyone now a days focused on power feeding and super high protein feeds, 4-5 is more common (if that). Feed them a diet 45-50% protein and 6-12% fat...
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