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11-19-2013, 02:40 PM #1
How old is too old? Buying adults
So I'm looking into purchasing a breeder pair of red/turquoise discus from a "local"(bout an hour out from me) discus specific hobbyist. The pair is 2-3 yrs old, fully grown, they're BEAUTIFUL fish and HUGE, they literally look like fat swimming dinner plates lol. I've never bought adult fish before, but I've read that discus can live to be 8-10 so these fish aren't too old to buy are they? Up to what age can discus fish breed?70 Gal Planted Rio Negro Angelfish Biotope with:
1 Whip Tail Pleco
7 Hatchet fish
11 Glo Light tetras, 6 Black Skirted Tetras
6 Bronze Corys
3 Wild Type Angelfish
Giant Amazon Sword, Narrow Leaf Java, Val, moss on driftwood
11-19-2013, 03:10 PM #2
from what I've been reading they can live for about 10 years if cared for correctly. I would think at worst you could get a good 4-5 years company from them. To me that would be worth it.
I've been in that boat with some of the cichlids and angels I bought as full grown adults. To me... if you like them get them. It's a risk but so aren't all fish especially when it comes to breeding.
I would assume you could get a couple years off breeding from them. I'm not even close to an expert though. From what I understand they are really close to angels and how they breed and for how long.
Last edited by Jaster; 11-19-2013 at 03:16 PM.Angel breeder wanna-be
11-21-2013, 06:36 AM #3
The issue isn't the age of the discus but can you handle the massive and daily water changes required for breeding discus? The vast majority of breeding discus only 'breed' when their water has 'zero' phosphtaes and other waste organics; this is a lot of work. While there are special procedures that can help induce spawning (temp drop) but for most pairs, ultra pure water is the main and critical parameter. Food is important as is keeping a high temp for the young. Also, moving a breeding pair can be an issue and they may need time to adjust while you keep up the daily and massive water changes.
If you are ready for all that, get the pair - raising discus young is the greatest reward in discus keeping.
11-24-2013, 01:24 AM #4
Fish can usually breed throughout their lives, larger females produce more eggs than smaller ones. As for sensitivity to water conditions, some strains are more delicate/demanding than others. Breeding is relatively easy, raising the fry is the more difficult part from what I've gathered.