Lisachromis wrote:You need to get back into discus Klaus!
Klaus Steinhaus wrote:Lisachromis wrote:You need to get back into discus Klaus!
Lisa you temptress ........
You know how much I love these fish but I DON,T HAVE THE SPACE AND TIME FOR THEM NOW
apistomaster wrote:... It's my hope that there will be enough who like the wild type discus that I will be able to find the young ones good homes. Wild or the young from wild fish, always seem to retain their instincts they need for survival and that can make them more interesting aquarium fish to keep. ...
apistomaster wrote:I feed my wild Discus live black worms, frozen blood worms, Tetra Color Bits, frozen beef heart blend and earth worm sticks. I have some live mosquito larvae this time of the year that are an extra treat. I have my Blues divided between two 40 gal breeder tanks and I think I have some pairing off. I plan to get a few better striated Blues and set them all up in a 100 gal soon. I am more apt to get pairs if the group spends some quality time together. It has been a long time since I last kept and bred wild discus but that is what I am working on again. I still raise domestic turquoise discus but I have always liked wild discus more. The tank raised discus have become so easily kept and bred that anyone willing to take good care of them can do it. The wild discus still take higher degree of attention to get them to spawn in captivity but when they do spawn, it has always seemed to me like they were more reliable as parents. It's my hope that there will be enough who like the wild type discus that I will be able to find the young ones good homes. Wild or the young from wild fish, always seem to retain their instincts they need for survival and that can make them more interesting aquarium fish to keep. We have changed both the colors and behaviors during the development of the fancy hybrid Discus. Domesticated Discus have become content to live in the confines of a bare box of water where they can do nothing but eat and breed. Wild type discus need an environment that is enriched with natural structures like wood, some sand and a few plants, IMO.
apistomaster wrote:I have observed over the years, that when non-fish keeping visitors are looking at my discus, they are usually drawn to the wild discus over the arguably more colorful Red Turquoise Discus. It is often the reverse when Discus keepers visit. I suspect it is because for most of them realize the wild fish cost more and they may not feel up to the challenge. They know they can buy the Red Turquoise from me at a reasonable price and not have to pay for any shipping.
Wild Discus do have an appeal all their own but just cost much more and healthy specimens are really hard to find.
Wild Discus are rarely stocked at the larger fish shops in Spokane, WA, 100 miles away. It is not that easy to find wild discus in the Seattle shops, over 300 miles away. About the only way to get decent wild Discus here is to buy from one of the on-line stores that carry some wild Discus and after adding the cost of over night shipping from the SE to the NW USA, they can easily cost $75 to $100 each. Even these fish will take about 3 months to restore to excellent shape again. Better colored wild discus can cost over $100 each before freight. I wholesale 2-1/4" red turquoise for only $12.50 each so they can be had for about $30 each at the fish shops.
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