Hi there, I’ve read the stickies on discus here. We are getting a 90 gallon tank tomorrow and I am sussing out options for stocking. My son mentioned discus tonight, and I have a few questions for you. If we did go the discus route, this would be a species only tank, we’d most likely start with juvies, so I’d probably leave the tank bare bottomed to better manage water quality. In terms of the multiple times a day feeding and daily water changes, I could manage, I am currently a stay at home mom, so I could put in the time to raise juvies at the moment. My questions are about what do you do when you are away from home? I can’t picture being able to leave on holidays or anything with the care the fish require. I wouldn’t have anyone who would be willing to do daily water changes or feed 5 times a day. Also, are the requirements less stringent after they are a year old? I’m hoping to be back at work next year. So still could manage water changes a few times a week, but most likely would be only able to feed twice a day. The fish we currently have are no where near as sensitive. We were away for a couple of weeks, home for one day in between two trips, and the fish were fine. I did a 50% water change before we left and another one when we got back. We used an auto feeder with crushed up flakes and pellets to feed the fish while we were away. With the variety of foods the discus require, I can’t imagine that an auto feeder would work for them, also from what I’ve been reading, there’s no way they could go 10 days between water changes, even as adults. We have family across the province and country that we like to visit a few times a year, so it will be likely that we will be away for 7-10 day stretches at a time. So I guess I’m just confirming that discus isn’t the right fit for us? Or is there something I’m missing, and it’s doable? What do you do with your discus when you’re away from home?