Hi guys, Im new to Freshwater, im looking for discus as well as hardware

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  1. Sachin

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    Hi guys, I currently have a 1.2m planted tank with a few discus and angelfish, I am looking for more discus to add in, Im also looking for canister filter rated over 600L.
    Id also like some advice on keeping discus happy etc
     
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    Hey there

    Have you got any experience in keeping aquariums at all??

    Planted discus tank as a first timer is quite a leap into the hobby tbh, but not impossible.

    If you want to keep discus happy, make sure they have fairly soft water (low TDS) and clean water.

    Feed 2-3 times a day for adults , 4-6 times a day for juvies with nutritional food like frozen foods such as brine shrimp. Avoid bloodworms.

    If you really want a reliable source of discus related info I would suggest checking out simply discus http://forum.simplydiscus.com

    For a 1.2m tank, you would want around 6 discus once fully grown with maybe a few small fish. Would not recommend overstocking especially if going planted as the detritus build up would mean lots of work.

    I'm sure some more people will chip in shortly.

    I also suggest getting some test kits nh4, no2, no3 at least and a tds meter for the discus.

    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle?

    Hope I'm not bombarding you with questions and stuff
     
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    Lots of good advice from @Drab808.

    Start with quality fish. Don't buy runts from the lfs.
    Feed quality food.
    Keep the water clean - plenty of water changes
    QT when adding new fish is very very important. Don't be tempted to just put the new ones with existing Discus in the tank.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum

    I agree with the above but, if you browse through the 'discus forum' there are some outstanding threads on keeping di
     
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    hi there, I have kept freshwater fish back in the day, I currently have a marine fishtank, so i guess, I have some sort of experience, with keeping fish.
    What is the best size discus to keep ?
     
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    I was told never to buy a Discus that is smaller than 8cm, as the smaller ones are very finicky
     
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    The smaller a Discus is, the more work you need to get them to a decent size - feeding more often, more water changes.
    But I grew 5cm fish to adult size so it's not impossible.

    Smaller fish are also more sensitive to flagellate issues.
     
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    Well if you're into marine then you'll know all the basics.

    I believe discus are easy to keep, but require a lot of effort if you get what I'm saying. Keep the water clean, fresh and stable and you should be okay.

    If you're going planted I suggest getting adult discus
     
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    Yup, it's easier to keep a bare bottom tank clean with youngsters.
    Once they have grown, you can plant it up.
     
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    what would you say is a decent size to buy ? 8cm up ?
    does it matter if its A grade Discus or not ??
     
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    8cm is a start, but A grade from a shop is useless. Try to get some from a breeder if possible
     
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    do any of you guys breed Discus ? if so, do let me know if you have any for sale please, also thanks to each and everyone, who has taken the time to expand my knowledge.. I really appreciate it
     
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    Not necessarily. Some of the sponsors on this Forum got some Discus from Marco's Tan import. Those were good quality fish.
    But as always, some lfs do sell poor fish. Homework before buying is essential

    Try @pHish_man or @Marco.
    They might have some good quality youngsters for sale.
     
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    Hi

    Im am sorry I am not on the forum that much lately. Time constraints.

    All my fish are now totally parasite free. My Rams as well as my Discus. The process of achieving this also strips all the bacteria which the parents carry from the eggs, and then the fry are raised in an environment free from parasites, and here they build up and grow immunity to their own colony of bacteria.
    It will be unwise to take Discus from me and mix them with other Discus from unknown source. I am therefore sorry but i can not help you with Discus.

    Best regards

    Marco

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    do any of you guys run a uv sterilizer on your tank ?
     
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    Yes, we do run uv sterilizers on all our tanks.

    Does help with keeping water crystal clear, algae blooms and 'touch wood' we have not had an ich outbreak since we installed them.
     
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    i was told it kills all bacteria.. also im running drift wood in my tank, I was told that its not good to have one running.
    do you guys have this uv running 24/7
     
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    also that its bad to run, especially when a tank is matured, as the tanks bacteria will die out and cause a tank to crash.
     
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    Never run a UV myself, but have heard only good things from those that have.

    There is apparently very little beneficial bacteria in the water column. Most of it is in the filter. With a smaller amount in the substrate and on other surfaces. Don't see how running a uv can cause a "tank crash".
     
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    As @Reedfish has mentioned, the uv light only affects water born bacteria and parasites not your bacteria in the filters and yes... we run them 24h day.
    Your good bacteria that filters your water grows mostly on all the media in your filter with a smaller amount on your gravel and maybe wood or ornaments therefore there is no way your uv can cause your tank to crash
    In fact, most people with monster fish that I have contact with, run uv sterilizers in their tanks

    I am not sure what you mean by 'running' driftwood in your tank?
    If you mean you have driftwood in your scape, there is nothing wrong with driftwood providing its good hard wood and not rotting in your tank
    The source of the would is important
    If you collect wood that has gone soft or deteriorated out in water and sun, it could go rotten in your tank and foul the water but if your wood is hard and healthy like vine, Mopani etc.. then it doesn't affect your tanks/filter except for maybe releasing tannins in the beginning
     

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