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Question Breeding Discus

Hello, i have a question regarding my chances of sucessfully breeding my discusautolinker.com autolinking image in their current home.
I have a 90g with 6 discusautolinker.com autolinking image. One male takes turns fertilizing the eggs of alternating females on a weekly basis. As i write this my male PB is fertilizing the eggs laid by my BD. It seems my female BD does a better job guarding the eggs than the other female, a red turq. Their last spawn, last week they got to hour 50 before eating the eggs. Each time they are getting better at it, which i've read is normal. This spawn may get to wiggler stage

My question is, my aquarium is heavily planted and my 6 discus are not alone in there... So do i even have a chance of ever having free swimming fry who feed off their parents for a week or so without them being eaten? I'll take over from there and separate the fry into their own tank etc)
Heres what's in there with them atm:
6 cardinals
3 harlequin rasboras
4 pentazona barbs
2 glass catfish
4 corys
2 siamese algae eaters (4 and 5" giants)
3 3-4" bristlenose plecos
2 5" clown loaches
4 amano shrimp
Nothing aggressive in there, although my BN pleco chowed down on GBR eggs laid on the substrate months ago. (GBRs have since died from hormone treatment by the breeder)

So has anyone out there ever been successful in this type of environment? I'd love to hear your story if you have, and will give me some hope lol
P.S I'm aware i could separate the pair in another tank (37g currently housing m/f angels and Kribs getting ready to spawn) so i'm just wondering about my chances in the current setup.
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Re: Breeding Discus

Nothing aggressive but all egg eaters. mesh about a half inch off the eggs will keep discusautolinker.com autolinking image from eating spawn while letting them tend the eggs. .They usually will not eat free swimming fry. The same cannot be said for many of the tank mates. If you are serious about breeding move a pair into a twenty high with a breeding cone. Once you have a successful spawn rearing of fry is relatively easy but requires some study. Buy and read a decent discusautolinker.com autolinking image book.
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discusautolinker.com autolinking image will not raise fry in a community tank.
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Re: Breeding Discus

Thanks for the feedback here is an update to my original post:
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Lol she guarded those wigglers on the glass of my 90g with the male PB vigilantly. The biggest problem the free swimmers have is finding their parents in a planted, driftwood tank because they are attracted to dark in the first week of free swimming. All free swimmers were eaten eventually (SAE's suspects) and never did make it to their parents. So i now see why it won't work.

I do however have a successful spawn in a 20 barebottom atm. The female is a red turq and the male is that same PB. The fry are 3 1/2 weeks old now and doing great! Heres a pic of them in my 20g:
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Re: Breeding Discus

Hi, if i asked please , amongst these 5 discusautolinker.com autolinking image was there only 1 male..? i'm noticing that discusautolinker.com autolinking image males are becoming aggressive at mating time , have you encountered that in your community tank ?
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I did have one male and 5 females but have since given 2 females away and picked up what I believe to be 2 males... My red turq female looks to be pairing with a blue diamond but not a confirmed male yet.

During spawning I actually find the opposite in my tank.. It's my females who become aggressive with other females.., lip locking and scales have even gone missing! My male is a tough guy though, nobody ever chases him lol!

I have wigglers in my 90 atm, but sadly they won't make it in there:(
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discusautolinker.com autolinking image will not raise fry in a community tank.
Actually... They will!!
It's about the 20th spawn of this pair in my 90 community tank, and this morning saw the free swimmers on sides of their mother. Of course some have run astray and been gobbled up but the 40 or so that remained were a sight to behold... I was shocked! The male was guarding and protecting the female and fry viciously, watching around the whole area and darting to injure any fish that came near. Stress is high in these conditions for sure, but proven to me today that it is in fact possible in my tank.
The fry have been siphoned into a 20 gallon with their blue diamond mother, and all is good. The stress of the male is obviously reduced and looks like I have another batch of discusautolinker.com autolinking image babies to raise.
I would like to have seen how far they could survive in there, but I couldn't stand the possibility that those little guys might get gobbled up since i've been told it wasn't possible.
Next spawn I will have to ride it out longer since i'm out of tanks lol. That I suppose will be the true test... and will be sure to share my experience.
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