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Getting bored with discus...
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:52:48 AM »
Having kept discus for 3 years in planted tank, I got bored of them. True, their colors are beautiful, with many strains to choose. But... They're boring.

Mostly just hoovers at some place, glides a bit, then stays still again.

I'm thinking of replacing them with Geo tapajo or Tropheus moori. If reading the articles and watching Youtube, they seem interesting. Geo tapajo "eats" sands, while Tropheus is so actively swimming all around.

What's your thoughts?

The tank is 95G (57" x 19" x 19").

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 09:05:26 AM »
Having kept discus for 3 years in planted tank, I got bored of them. True, their colors are beautiful, with many strains to choose. But... They're boring.

Mostly just hoovers at some place, glides a bit, then stays still again.

I'm thinking of replacing them with Geo tapajo or Tropheus moori. If reading the articles and watching Youtube, they seem interesting. Geo tapajo "eats" sands, while Tropheus is so actively swimming all around.

What's your thoughts?

The tank is 95G (57" x 19" x 19").

It depends bro... both can be done with a tank that size. If you are still caught up with the South American bug... go for the Geo Tapajos or eartheater setup. But if you got the African bug... well a group of Tropheus would be a good thing. It depends on what you are most interested in right now.

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 08:12:11 AM »
I've heard that story before w/ regards to keeping large cichlids.  Less fish and less room to move (w/ big fish) means less behaviors to watch.  The smaller the fish, the more movement/behaviors can be seen.  Fit in a city of fish (shell bed) and you have a ton of stuff going on!

I'll leave the big fish for sandwhiches!  The shelldwellers have all I need!

That said, any smaller group of cichlids will be a ball compared to the discus, in my opinion.  Keep us posted on your progress!
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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 09:54:16 AM »
My planted tank is pretty active. Many species to keep the eyes wondering. With shy ones that pop out every once in a while. I like those type fish in a busy tank. It's like mini suprizes, lol.

Here is.my stock list for a 140 gallon tank. I copy and pasted it from a local forum I belong to.
 

Live stock:
Angel fish
Bolivian ram
Laetacara curviceps
Nannacara anomala
C. regani tapajos
Microglanis iheringi
Emerald green Cory cat
Gold line flying fox
Siamese algae eater
otocinclus
Mystery snail
Trumpet snail
Diamond tetra
Lemon tetra
Red glo tetra
Black neon tetra
Australian rainbow
Bristlenose pleco
Bristlenosed pleco (red one)

Plant list:
Star grass
Staurogyne repens
hygrophila araguaia
cuphea anagalloidea
Crypt 'Florida sunset'
Crypt 'pink flamingo'
ranuculus inundatus
golden nesaea
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Rotala indica
Rotala Macranda Verigated
Hygrophila polysperma
Saw tooth hygrophila
Ammania gracilis
alternanthera reineckii
alternanthera reineckii - mini
Java moss
Weeping moss
Buse 'ghost'
Buse 'black titan'
Java 'needleleaf'
Java 'trident'
Phenix moss
Red root floaters
Anubias nana
Anubias nana coffeefolia

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 04:03:02 PM »
Wow!  That would rival the stock list of a lot of pet shops I've seen!  Super!  I used to enjoy the flying foxes many yrs ago! and I agree about the shy ones.  They add a lot of spice to a tank.   Also had a lot of loaches and botias that were fun in mixed tanks.

I wonder if I had a tank like that beside a tank the same size w/ only multies in it, which would I watch more?  I wonder...

The thing you have there is what I was getting at in my earlier post - many small things in a big tank - its like looking at a world unto itself.

I also had a tank of eartheaters - geo something and they were real nice fish.  They got some size to them and didn't mess w/ the smaller fish in the tank.  I kind of wish I would've been keeping track of the fish I've had and so on, but I guess keeping the lists would've eaten up some fish watching time!
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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2014, 12:50:29 AM »
I also had a tank of eartheaters - geo something and they were real nice fish.  They got some size to them and didn't mess w/ the smaller fish in the tank.

That's amazing!

Ever since keeping Multies, I've been addicted to cichlids! Especially the interesting ones.

Geo is tempting. So is Troph.

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 09:44:22 PM »
New scape with mountain rocks, bucephalandra and anubias, without any drift woods.

All plants are tied to rocks to be safe from Geos' diggings and sand siftings.

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2015, 05:31:44 AM »
pretty tank!
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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2015, 05:58:47 AM »
Thank you!

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2015, 09:14:56 AM »
Gorgeous tank. It makes me want to get another SA planted tank going

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2015, 06:27:32 PM »
Thank you Lorax. What most SA lacks in behaviors, they make up in brightful colors :)

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2015, 01:27:55 AM »
I had my discus for maybe 6 months before I came to your conclusion, lol.
9 in a custom 105 gallon.

So!
I traded em to my buddy for his school of caribe piranha fingerlings, I think there was 22 of em - which I also despised within 6 months.

So I sold those, lol and filled the tank with kribensis, cories and hatchets.

I kept that tank up, for around four years, sold it off to the guy I originally traded my discus to and immediately regretted it!

One of my biggest regrets in the hobby!


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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2015, 01:59:42 AM »
Geos or Tangs are much more interesting than discus ;D

Xeno seems very interesting. I wonder how interesting are they compared to Geos?

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2015, 02:07:20 AM »
Geos.
Forgot to add that, lol.
Geos alll the way.

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Re: Getting bored with discus...
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2015, 07:40:49 AM »
Just saw some videos of mud skippers. They're definitely unique and interesting when hunting for live food!