Dominant Discus

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  1. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I have 2 discus in my 30 gallon tank. Just recently I have noticed one is dominant. The less dominant fish is still managing to get lots of food, although the other tries to prevent that. I feed them 2 very small sprinkles of food per day. I use to wait till they finished one, then added another. Today I tried adding both sprinkles @ once on different sides of the tank. There wasn't much difference.

    They are both turquoise. The dominant one is georgeous. The dorsal fin extends from the body & the colors are vibrant.

    The weaker one has color, but not like the other. It often has its dorsal fin clamped to its body. ( not always )

    Does anyone have any idea how I can stop the friction between the 2 ?
     
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  3. montecarloz38

    montecarloz38 Fire Shrimp

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    There will always be some kind of domination, try adding a 2 hide spots ?
     
  4. michael06012000

    michael06012000 Plankton

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    discuss are fish that do well in groups of 4-6 i think, the more discus the less stress each one gets from the dominant fish.
     
  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    +1 to both posts.
     
  6. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    It's also a bit small of a tank for a group of discus that's 5-6 strong.
     
  7. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I agree that adding more discus is not the answer. I am pushing it right now. I have put in alot of plastic plants ( as much as I hate them ) till my real plants get a chance to grow. In this way, I hope to add more hiding places. I'll also take your suggestions in adding one more hiding place.
    Thanks.
     
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  9. smiley

    smiley Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Good way oceansurf..But the more hiding places you provide to discus fishes they tend to hide more ..The best idea would be to add a 3rd fish (ofcourz after quarantine) so that the aggression is spread around.

    Just a chip here...Take care with plastic plants as well, as these can hold lots of detritus and can cause nitrate buildup as well
     
  10. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Adding smaller Fish as Distraction

    We were talking about my dominant discus. I have added a second hiding place as you suggested, but it doesn't seem to help much. What about adding a small school of neons ? I think they would be a beautiful addition to the tank & perhaps create a diiversion.
     
  11. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    Nope, there's nothing that will divert the dominant discus except for a group of discus. Hiding places won't cut it, tiny fish won't cut it. Especially tiny fish; discus will eat smaller fish.
     
  12. smiley

    smiley Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Cichlids are born that way ;D..Well said mate