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  • How Big Do Discus Get?

    I went to a phenomenal LFS today... so phenomenal that I will never step foot in a Petco or PetSmart Again....

    I met the owner and got a nice personalized tour, right down to how he takes care of new stock before it goes out on the floor...I was so blown away over the care and knowledge of him and his employees that I just HAD to buy more fish.., of course Angels...they had a fantastic selection...BUT bought a Silver Male and A Koi Female... BUT instead of rambling I have to get back on topic lol...

    They had a discus there that blew my mind... I thought they get as big as Angelfish.... BUT the one I saw had to be a good inch and a half thick and about a good 8 to 10 inches in diameter... is this a different type of discus OR Do they all get that big...
    It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
    As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

    ~Anthony

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    Glad you found a good LFS!

    Discus can get that big when taken care of properly. It takes lots of water changes and food to get them to that size! I believe the average size for discus is around 6-8 inches.

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    • #3
      Agreed. I've heard that a well cared for discus can grow to the size of a dinner plate. That would be a phenomenal sight to see. A school of dinner plate sized discus!!
      - Dena

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      • #4
        So then that's a yes... wow... now I NEED a 560 or 1000 gallon tank...
        It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
        As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

        ~Anthony

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        • #5
          The only ones I ever saw in real life were about 4" in diameter and I thought they were just about the most beautiful freshwater fish I had ever seen.
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          • #6
            Discus, Kribensis and Angels... freshwater WoW...
            It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
            As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

            ~Anthony

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            • #7
              Re: How Big Do Discus Get?

              Not to necro an older thread, but as a new member and discus fanatic, I felt the need to reply. =)

              I have 12 discus in a 240g planted tank. My largest two are almost 8" from head to tail tip. The rest range from 5"-6"+

              Truly a beautiful sight when they shoal. =)
              ~Jose's 240g planted discus tank --> http://www.everythingaquatic.net/for...ed-discus-tank!

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              • #8
                Re: How Big Do Discus Get?

                Originally posted by Saverio View Post
                Not to necro an older thread, but as a new member and discus fanatic, I felt the need to reply. =)

                I have 12 discus in a 240g planted tank. My largest two are almost 8" from head to tail tip. The rest range from 5"-6"+

                Truly a beautiful sight when they shoal. =)
                I wanna see a picture of your 240g, sounds like a dream
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                • #9
                  Re: How Big Do Discus Get?

                  I second that! Discus are still on my want to have list. Money and tank space keeps them just out of my reach.

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                  - Dena

                  All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
                  Walt Disney

                  The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
                  Socrates

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                  • #10
                    Re: How Big Do Discus Get?

                    Had to break for lunch as I'm at work haha! I'm working on hitting the required 20 post count to be able to post attachments! Rest assured, once I do, I'll post a tank journal for my new 240. =)
                    ~Jose's 240g planted discus tank --> http://www.everythingaquatic.net/for...ed-discus-tank!

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                    • #11
                      Re: How Big Do Discus Get?

                      Hey Saverio.... Looking forward to seeing your tank
                      It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
                      As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

                      ~Anthony

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                      • #12
                        Re: How Big Do Discus Get?

                        Originally posted by AquaAnt View Post
                        Hey Saverio.... Looking forward to seeing your tank
                        Tank journal is in my sig!
                        ~Jose's 240g planted discus tank --> http://www.everythingaquatic.net/for...ed-discus-tank!

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