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10-16-2012, 06:07 AM #1
Finding quality Discus in USA northwest
So I am finally finishing up my Discus tank, and I'm starting to look around to decide where I am getting them from.
Problem is every LFS in town has terrible choices when it comes to Discus. Most of them don't even carry them. Of the two main shops we use one has a few juveniles none of which look great, and one has both juvies and a couple adults. The second shop has discus that look a little better, and they have a pair that is already mated which is a plus because I would rather get a mated pair of adults than a group of juveniles. Problem is they are all low grade wild colors. Now I am not totally against wilds, but they have to be exceptional specimen to look good enough, and these just aren't really.
The other problem is that I'm not sure if the ones here are domestic bred or not, but it's a pretty strong requirement for me that the ones I get are. I'm pretty sure it would be a good idea to keep captives for my first try.
So instead of settling I want to try and find some I will actually be happy with. Does anyone know of either a shop or a private breeder in Oregon? Or if not, does anyone have experience with a reputable online source for discus? They are so delicate I hesitate to buy them online and put them through shipping.
One option I have that I can still try is to make a trip up to "the wet spot" in Portland. They are a pretty famous FS, and are supposed to be incredible, but they are 2 hrs away from us so I'm not sure if we can make the trip until this semester is over because we are too busy with classes.
My wife really wants these guys, but from what little info I have found on them I gather that they are a fairly rare breed:
Is there any noticeable difference between the four wild types that makes one better than the others? Or is it all just superficial?
Thanks in advance for any info.
10-16-2012, 06:26 AM #2
Here are a couple more examples of the types we are looking for. Pluses are red eyes, strong stress lines, prominent masks, and the types that are almost perfectly circular as opposed to the elongated fish shape.
10-16-2012, 11:55 AM #3Junior Member Guppy
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0Originally Posted by Nephalem
10-16-2012, 05:41 PM #4
Since shipping live discus is VERY expensive, I'd go with the two hour drive (each way.) Also, a bit hard on the discus (shipping, not a drive.) Of course for a car trip of two hours they would need to be in an insulated carrier.
As for wilds (even mated) - forget it. They need unbelievably clean water that is very low in pH and ultra soft. Otherwise, they will not breed. Also, they would need live food to induce breeding (might accept pellets but getting them to then breed might be an issue.) Wilds are for experts.
The cost of a mated will be very steep. Maybe less than getting ten young (along with cost of massive water changes (well water?) and food for six to ten months until they pair off.)
So the issue is what size tank you have and what are your water parameters - tank breed can handle higher pH but not hard water)? Also, ready for all the massive water changes (breeding or growing out to proper size adults absoultly requires near 100% water changes every-single-day-no-exceptions.) Bigger the tank the more water - however, the smaller the tank can cause crowding and waste buildup issues.)
I think you should avoid wilds (some wilds require water with a pH UNDER 6.0!) All require under 6.5 and ultra-soft water if you want them to breed and/or live long.
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10-16-2012, 09:33 PM #5
Mac's Discus in Wootenville Washington. Nice fish. On the web at Macs Discus .com or something similar, google them or better yet, ask.
10-25-2012, 03:36 PM #6Junior Member Guppy
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0Originally Posted by Cermet
10-25-2012, 03:49 PM #7
Check out the forum on simplydiscus.com . You might be able to find a local discus breeder, or find a local discus group.
10-30-2012, 12:53 AM #8
While I agree totaly with korith, don't sleep on the wet spot mentioned in post #3. You owe it to yourself to at least ck out the site. I used to order from foster/smith but once I found these guys I've never bought from anybody else.
Of course I've never bought Discus.
By the way korith I'm happy the Bulldogs crushed Florida on Saturday and brought them back down to earth. Plus it opened the door for my fighting Irish to move up in the rankings. If your not a sports fan just disregard this section.
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11-08-2012, 06:33 PM #9
Actually there is a great little shop in Gresham just above portland and the wet spot... god im blanking on the name but I got 6 red turqs for 12 bucks a fish 3in size and they are now plates in a friends tank. I moved from there in October last year. Family Pet 11916 Northeast Halsey Street, Portland, OR. No hormone, disease free and the guys there know their stuff (exept they disagree with me on water changes) but they sell some GREAT fish and I have never had a death from there. THey dont have the Wet Spots selection but they beat their prices hands down.FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's