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  1. Jvd

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    Hi everybody,

    New to TASA as a member but has visited many times in the past months.

    I have been keeping discus for the last 8 months. By luck I bought a breeding pair right in the beginning and although breeding was never my purpose I have tried a number of times to see if I can get and raise fry with no success. The parents always ate the eggs or the wrigglers just after hatching.

    Very stressed and excited at the moment as I have two pairs with fry about a week apart. Seems like I might get somewhere this time.

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    Welcome ... oh and post some pics :thumbup:
     
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    very nice ... seems like they are feeding well, I am sure a few plate fish lovers will be around at some point to ask question about the origin and tank conditions you keep yours in.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Hi, and welcome to the Forum

    @Marco is the Discus expert here
    If you tag him and tell us the methods you have been doing am sure he will be happy to help
     
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    Thanks, I have read a lot of Marco’s posts and learned a lot. I read somewhere to put another pair in the same tank and that it will stimulate the protective instincts of the discus. Worked first time for the pair on the last photo. The other pair seems OK without that although they kept moving the fry out of sight. Lost quite a few in that process.
     
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    I kept Discus for 2 years in a community tank.
    So didn't try and breed them, although some did pair up and lay eggs.
    But from what I have read, if you want to breed in a serious way, the pairs should be on their own.
     
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    Welcome and reedfish is right haha we will horde you. One thing you didn't mention was supplementary feedings. Get a brine shrimp hatchery up and feed the fry the newly hatched shrimp. It will improve your growth rate. I start feeding bbs a few days after they go free swimming. I keep this up until they start eating off the bottom with the parents.

    You can block out some of the light with something as they will feel more secure in dim conditions. Other than that you are looking gooood!
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum

    I have kept discus in the past but also in a community tank so the eggs were always eaten so.. I cant give much advice however as has been said there a quite a number of discus keepers and apart from @Marco.. the discus Dad.. @BoelderBeestie has been very successful so im sure he will help you along!!

    Nice discus... all the best!
     
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    Another thing I saw in the first pic now, cover that inlet strainer with a sponge so that the babies don't get sucked up.

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    Welcome from probably the next newest guy on the forum and good luck with the discus ~Pete
     
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    I hatched some BBS but not sure if they are eating it yet. I switched off the power filter but switched it back on this afternoon with a sponge covering the inlet. Appreciate the advice.
     
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    I have the discus in two separate breeding tanks. They only lay eggs in my display tank though so I move it as soon as I pick up the spawn. Tried for weeks in breeding tank and as soon as I move them back to main tank I have eggs very quickly.
     
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    Well, it's working for you so far. You can try and give them some RO water in the breeders to induce a spawn. I aim for a tds of around 60. I wait till is see them bowing and then add 30% RO to get to 60ppm and they spawn almost instantly.
     
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    Double post.
     
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    Thanks BoelderBeestie. I am not equipped for RO water and measuring tds. A water change in the main tank often induce spawning, not sure if that changes some parameter in line with your advice.

    Two pairs lead to a lot of aggression, any advice on that.
     
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    Welcome! :)
     
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    You have to place the pairs into their own tanks to stop the aggression. They won't stop devending their young. Even two spawning females will be very aggressive towards the other fish.

    Yes with a wc the parameters change and induce the spawn.
     

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