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Old 02-26-2014, 10:59 AM   #11
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With sad news I have to inform that the discus were made soup. The heater overheated and got the water temperature to 94F.

I found the issue too late to be able to save them.

RIP.
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Sorry to hear that but sure they will be making another batch in no time.
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Dee, I meant the parents died.
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Oh sorry about that george....it sucks when that happens. Hope you will find another pair soon.
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George thats some bad luck. Sticky heaters kill fish, check you water temps every day even just stick you finger in the tank in the morning and at night and keep a spare heater on hand. Them discus are expensive to loose over a heater.

But there are some points to learn here for next time. Did all of the eggs turn white if so they where not either fertilized or they got a fungus. Adding blue Meth into the water after about 3-5 hours after the spawning will help with the fungus, If that does not help than you have a fertilization problem. Possibly two females, or a male fish that need to list to some more Barry White.

Removing the parents from the tank is not a good idea as the fry feed off the slim coat of the parent s for the first 10 days or so, and to raise discus fry artificially is a very tricky and time consuming process

If the eggs don't turn white and the parents are just eating them, then you can consider a cage they are used all the time by serious discus breeder, I use the cut up plastic light diffusers for overhead lighting put together with cable ties, I don't like the idea of metal in my tanks but plastic is probably not much better.


Discuss breeding can be very frustrating expensive and time consumming. But also very rewarding when it all works, and you see 200 fry swimming around there parrents. Don't loose heart, n some times they just need time to figure things out.
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Sorry to here about the loss. I am surprised that that temp would kill them.When Bob Wilson spoke at our club, he detailed his treatment method of lowering the pH to around 3.5 and raising the temp to 95F for 3 days.
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Andlaw, the eggs would be like 10% white and the rest just regular before the parents would eat the. I know that some parents need time to learn....

Regarding the cage and everything, I was about to apply that option if they would not have stopped eating the eggs. Unfortunately, I did not had the chance to try it.

Bill, I blame the high temperature and the stress from breeding. In the end, I will never know what happened.
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