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Old Aquarist, renewed interest.

Discussion in 'Our Community' started by kipper sarnie, Jun 19, 2016.

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    kipper sarnie New Member

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    I started back in the late 60's, metal frames & putty sealed tanks before the days of silicone sealer!
    One tank was never enough & ended up with a large fish house specialising in Uaru amphiacanthoides & was possibly one of the first to breed these fish in the UK if not the first.
    My first advert appeared in the first edition of the Practical Fishkeeper.
    Chairman of a large local club in the North West, Life progressed, I moved from the North 20 years ago & have not had the pleasure of keeping fish for 20 years, 30 years for tropicals.
    I'm about to set up a 350 lt (90gal) tank for Discus?
    (Ive already earmarked which building will be the Fish room.):)

    Problems:
    1 ) Equipment development has moved on on that time & leaves me baffled.

    2) Whatever happened to proper Discus? Every where I look all I see are Singapore specials (Penang specials?) & to me the Bright Gaudy Hybrids have lost the majesty of Discus.

    The lack of knowledge with equipment I expect is easily solved I expect by reading through these forums but before I go down the Discus route are normal, majestic Discus still available at reasonable prices?

    Sorry for the ramble & I look forward to any advice, I'm in the South East & hopefully will take a ride to Devotedly Discus this week & any other breeders/retailers within 3 hours drive of Ashford Kent that anyone can recommend.
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    Welcome Mark Devotedly Discus as Stendker German Discus.
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    Whereabouts in the south east are you
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    Between Ashford & Hythe, Kent, travel is not a problem, even if it means an overnight hotel.
    I look to a breeder/supplier to build a rapport with rather than the faceless garden centre outlets that I've encountered so far.

    & thanks for your interest.
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    :w: to BIDKA old timer :D
    Excuse the (punt) lol enjoy ur time on the forum & have alook around the forum, if u get stuck just ask :thumbup:
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    Catch a bus /train down to mark@Eastbourne you won't be disappointed
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    Welcome back to fishkeeping and the world of Discus , keep us updated on progress
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    Hello good afternoon and :w: to the Discus madhouse Kipper Sarnie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:evilgrin:
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    Thank you EveryBuddy for the welcome.

    Update time.
    Everything is in place, it is just a case of letting everything settle, filter to mature etc before I think of the occupants.
    (Swing that lamp!) Back in the 70's it was said if the water in a new tank turned "milky" all was well with everything!
    I think about a month should do it & I most certainly will head to Polegate when I feel everything is settled.
    Huh, before retirement I used to visit Polegate a couple of times a week when EDF assembled their sub stations there, I looked after their cranes.
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    Hi kipper,
    I've kept fish for over 40 years and just bought my first Discus.
    Like you I wondered what had happened to the "normal" wild types of Discus and thought the newer types were a bit over the top.
    However, after a trip down to Devotedly Discus I changed my mind and drove away with 6 fish of about 12cm.
    Mark at Devotedly is a real gent to talk to and will give you plenty of advice if you call him.
    These are the Discus approximately 6 hours after I got them home.
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    Thanks Simon, now retired I have the time & money to indulge.
    In your opinion do you think it still suitable for Discus? (About 6?)
    I've left a large area of "uncluttered" swimming space
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    Having kept Discus in bot bare bottom and fully tech planted systems they look so much better in the planted aquarium, however this comes at a cost. As there is so much more opportunity for crud and crap to build up under the plants it makes it difficult to keep on top on the maintenance. if you are feeding beef heart then this can compound the issues. A good clean up crew help. So IMO youngsters that are being grown on then bare bottom is better, if you are buying Adults then they will be fine in here with lots of regular water changes and syphon crud regularly.
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    Hmmm ...... My image seems to have vanished ......... But then again so does the BIDKA site that I was on a few days ago.

    Regards .......... Gary.
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    Reload them Gary, we have lost some posts in the last week with the transfer to the new server.......besides, I'm intrigued now to see them ;)
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    I've just tried to reload but my browser ( chrome ) keeps telling me that the BIDKA site no longer exists.
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