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    I am new to the hobby. Have had a 30 gal FW community and a 5 gal with a betta since early Feb. love them both.

    Have been very tempted to buy a 42 gal bow front for my home office (as I spend 8 - 10 hours a day there) and after cycling it, stock it with discus. I have hesitated because much of what I've read suggests that discus are for experienced fish keepers but on the other hand, some articles say don't be afraid to try to keep them.

    42 is the largest I have room for, btw.

    If I take the plunge, could I have 4 - 5 discus, maybe a school of cardinal tetras, and some corys in the tank?

    thanks and any advice or warnings are much appreciated.
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    I would not put Discus in anything less than 55 so you havr a group, as they prefer to live.
    5 is the max amount I was told I could have in a 55. If you were to try to stock less, like 3, you would be likely to have dominance and territory issues.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 04-19-2012 at 07:02 PM.

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    Cermet is probably your best advisor in discus. I know that he has 4 or 5 in a 75g with cardinals and sterba corys
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    thanks all for the reply. And darn. i guess it's back to the drawing board. I just can't accommodate a 55 gal in the space I have.
    appreciate the info.
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    This may or may not help but have you considered getting a 75 gal tank for home? Then raise six or seven and if you get lucky, two may pair off. Then these two could be put in the 42 gal. A bit of work but lower cost than getting even three adults (who'd never get along.) Just do not under estimate the work for the water changes required for young discus.
    Last edited by Cermet; 04-20-2012 at 10:45 AM.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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    Have your water checked and verified before setting up Discus.
    You need to know -way up front- if you can use tap water and standard De-chlorination chemicals for Very frequent water changes or if you need to setup a home water treatment plant.

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    thanks for all the responses. no room for a 75 gal anywhere. I currently have a 30 and a 5.5 gal. I might be wrong on the size of the bow front. it might be 46, not 42 but either way, it sounds like i'm out of luck.
    But just in case, I was planning on getting juveniles so they'd grow together. but, the 46 (or 42) tank would still be too small, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie
    But just in case, I was planning on getting juveniles so they'd grow together. but, the 46 (or 42) tank would still be too small, right?
    The limit on fish vs. tank size is based on adult fish and a 42/46 would barely hold four. Four discus is not doable because the largest discus will kill the smallest (by chasing and bothering) and repeat this process until all others are dead and they are alone. Then they too will die since they have no fellow discus - I know, sounds stupid but that is the way these fish evolved. That is why six is a min (hence a 75 gal) and ten better.

    Raising six in a 42/46 gal will badly stunt their growth and you will have small, deformed discus that would make neither you or them happy. Again, sorry. You do appear experienced enough to keep discus. And while discus are not overly hard fish to keep like many believe, they do require a very specific min. sized tank or else things go very badly ...
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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    the only way to keep two in a tank of that size is to get a proven pair, but you may decide on another fish when you see the prices of quality proven pairs.

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    thanks again. I really appreciate the advice. they are such beautiful fish. Would love to figure out a way to keep them but looks like I'm out of luck. so appreciative of this forum for it's great advice.
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