Discus Question...

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish' started by greebs, Nov 17, 2009.

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  1. greebs

    greebs Flamingo Tongue

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    Well I decided for my 55 gallon that I want a planted freshwater tank. I know I want discus and some tetras. How many discus do you guys think should be in a 55 gallon? I don't want to crowd them, but I also don't want them to be in too little of a school. I was thinking 4 or 6. Then along with that I was thinking 8 to 10 cardinal tetras. 4 black phantom tetras. 2 emerald green cory cats. 1 Otocinclus sucker cat.

    So... How many discus? And does this sound like a good plan or not?
     
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  3. mikejrice

    mikejrice 3reef Affiliate

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    Sounds like a good plan to me. I've been thinking about doing a planted discus tank also. I think four would be fine in a 55 with some tetras.
     
  4. Sean_Clownfish

    Sean_Clownfish Astrea Snail

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    Are you getting young ones? If you are its best to have them alone in a bare bottom tank until they get to 4" as before this they stunt so easily. They need large daily water changes when young. Also I would only have 4 discus in a 55 gallon alone, none of the other smaller fish and no more discus. Im just thinking of adult discus.

    just MO
     
  5. szrazzt

    szrazzt Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I had a planted discus tank and had 4 discus in it, a school of 15 neons and a couple fuzzy nose plecos.

    It didnt seem crowded but also didnt seem bare.
     
  6. Sean_Clownfish

    Sean_Clownfish Astrea Snail

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    Szrazzt - Sounds cool. What size tank were they in?
     
  7. szrazzt

    szrazzt Purple Spiny Lobster

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    They were in the normal 55 gallon. They didnt really require much special care other than water changes frequently.
     
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  9. szrazzt

    szrazzt Purple Spiny Lobster

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    They were slightly stunted but had some fantastic colors.
     
  10. Sean_Clownfish

    Sean_Clownfish Astrea Snail

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    Yeah 55 gallon is a good size and Aslong as you keep up on w/c and have a decent filter, you can add smaller fish, but I always find its better to wait until they are past 4". Then you can add what you want.