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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Ozzy47, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    I thought I should finally post an intro thread. I go by the username ozzy47 on many forums and have for years.

    I used to be really into the fish hobby, but have not had my tank running for about six years now. The poor 125 is just sitting there empty. :(

    I also used to own a pet shop, and we dealt mostly in fish, and our specialty was African Cichlids
     
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  2. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    Do you plan to set up your 125 again?
     
  3. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    I dunno, I have thought about it. It would not take long, it is still sitting in my room with all the substrate and decorations in it, but it would need a thorough cleaning.
     
  4. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    If you do, post about it!
     
  5. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    For sure, :)
     
  6. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I always love seeing new tanks, as I don't have the funds to set up a new one of my own every week.
     
  7. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    I really don't have the spare cash to get mine going again either, but I may one day. Cichlids have went up in price over the years, wish I still had all my old breeder contacts. :(
     
  8. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I find that it's hard to even get a pair for breeding. All my lfs's are saturated with one gender of fish, with less than 1/10 being the opposite. It tends to vary with species - With Angels females are more common - Severums and Firemouths seem to all be male. It may just be my location.
     
  9. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I got my cichlids from livefishdirect.com and I think they were a pretty good price. LiveFishDirect is based out of utah and they are open to the public on saturdays, so I didn't have to pay for shipping. I think that they ship to all of the US.
     
  10. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    I am the type I like to see the fish live, and if possible see where they are housed, that is why I used to like the local breeders, I would go to their houses to pick out the fish for the store and myself.
     
  11. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I hope to sell to fish stores when I start breeding discus.
     
  12. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    Are Discus popular in your area? I hardly sold any in my store, seemed people around here did not go for them.
     
  13. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    Yes, they are popular. There just aren't too many breeders. The fish stores sell them quickly when they get them in stock. When I post my posters, I will tell them that I am going to start breeding discus.
     
  14. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    Are you going to have the time and dedication to do it, without lapsing on the responsibilities? If not, I would wait till you can devote your full attention to it, you don't want to get a bad name in the breeding community.
     
  15. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I can devote my full attention to it.
     
  16. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    You certain? You don't have the time to do water changes when you should as it is now. :(
     
  17. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I do have the time to do water changes and I enjoy doing them. It is just sometimes hard to get started on them, but once I get started, I have no problem doing them.
     
  18. GTB

    GTB Neon tetra Member

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    There amount of time needed dedicated to breeding and keeping discus is far more than one might think. Many who start breeding Discus pack in once they realise how much time is taken up doing it. And once you have fry and they grow too large to feed of the parents body mucus - you then have to start hatching brine shrimps (with other hatching behind them setup) and things really become time consuming then doing about 5-6 feeds a day to keep them alive growing on until big enough to start feeding them home-made beef heart (which again you're going out buying pigs hearts and making that up also) into flat packs. Very time consuming and you can lose whole batches of 500-1000 young Discus fish in a matter of days if they come down with flukes - which they are very susceptible too getting and very hard to cure. It can wipe out 1000's of fry in days that you spent months rearing on.
     

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