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JE: How many pairs do you currently have producing? How many tanks?

JD: I currently have about 5 pairs. I sold off several pairs a couple of months ago, so I have reduced my volume for a while.

I have about 25 tanks, and don’t foresee getting more in the near future. More is not always better. Of course, we all have to learn that for ourselves! LOL I could double my current system if needed.


JE: What strains are you the most happy with? Which do you think need some work? Are you working on anything new and exciting now? What strain/s do you like best, personally?

JD: I think that a quality red turquoise, royal blue, or cobalt discus is hard to beat. I think any strain might need work, depending on how inbred it is, and the offspring that are being produced. I personally like the traditional strains as mentioned above, red turquoise, royal blue, and cobalt, and any wild discus strains.


JE: Any tips on breeding or raising discus?

JD: Number one is to be patient! Also, dont be afraid to experiment. Use a bare bottom tank and try adding some sand change the type of spawning surface cover the tank turn off the light turn on the light put another pair in the next tank so the pairs can see each other; add water from a pair that is spawning to the tank of a non-spawning pair; don’t change water for a few days, just siphon off the bottom; only fill the tank full, let water splash down from a filter return; do a water change with colder water, or warmer water; dont feed the pair for a few days; add another discus to the tank; move the pair into a larger tank with another pair; break the pair and put them with other discus, etc. I think you get the idea.


JE: What do you feed your discus? You must go through a ton of fish food!

JD: I feed them anything they will eat! Home made beef heart mix, frozen foods, flake, pellet, blackworms, red worms, mosquito larvae, etc.


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