Anyone with discus knowledge?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Tanks' started by norg., Jun 16, 2010.

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  1. norg.

    norg. Kole Tang

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    Hey guys,
    I recently did an overhaul on my 55 gallon fresh tank. Added alot more plants, cleaned a decent amount of the gravel, added a bigger diy Co2 reactor and soon hope to be adding a new 4 bulb t5 fixture. Its coming along quite nicely. I have always loved discus and would love to keep them, now it seems like I might have the opportunity. A few months ago my pair of angelfish split and started to fight. I got ride of the male and now I only have the female, who is only about 3.5-4 inches long, a school of about 15 neon tetras, and a cory cat. My water parameters were stable even when I wasn't able to devote as much time as I wanted to for this tank. I only use RO water. I was thinking about getting a discus, however I have heard that they do not do well by themselves usually. Could I pick up three of the smallest my lfs offers and be alright? They are only about half dollar size. I plan on upgrading to a 125 or 150 as soon as I can. Will this be an issue with my angelfish?

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The angelfish is a more aggressive fish than the discus and could cause them to hide in fright.
     
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    I had cory cats and 7 discus for 6-7 yrs, I don't believe I would put them with angel fish. "AF" are more aggressive IMO, discus more peaceful. I have always read that discus do better in bigger schools.
     
  5. norg.

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    My angel was always the one getting picked on. She only made an issue with any other fish when she was mating. She even left the ghost shrimp I added alone. If she becomes an issue she will be housed in a separate tank. She has never been agressive towards any fish unless her eggs were in danger, and seeing as her mate is gone I dont think that will be much of an issue. The tank will also have plenty of hiding places if they are fighting. Could this work?
     
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    Possibly, at least you have a plan. The real issue will be the size difference. The angel will be much larger than the discus.
     
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    Thanks for your opinion. I think it could work with close monitoring. Anyone else have any ideas or opinions?
     
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  9. JJL

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    The angel could be a problem ( it might pick at the discus fins). But i think it could work. I have a 55, but i refrain from putting them in becasue of their delicate personality. Also make sure your water is not hard. 2 or 3 should be ok in your tank, but you must also make sure your params are nearly PERFECT. :) Hope that helped