Discus - Hope you like them

Tonia

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They are gorgeous! I love discus, but have never kept them.
 

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Nice!

I didn't own any discus yet. I still don't have the courage to fully commit to the freshwater's most complicated and expensive fish.
 

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HGunn said:
Nice!

I didn't own any discus yet. I still don't have the courage to fully commit to the freshwater's most complicated and expensive fish.
Expensive I will definitely agree with. Lol
Complicated?? not so much
a little bit more time consuming? yes
but really if you are willing to put in the extra time they are rather EASY to take care of. jmo
 

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Disc61 said:
Expensive I will definitely agree with. Lol
Complicated?? not so much
a little bit more time consuming? yes
but really if you are willing to put in the extra time they are rather EASY to take care of. jmo
Oh really? *feeling interested* *looks at the 60 gallon* hehehe
 

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HGunn said:
Oh really? *feeling interested* *looks at the 60 gallon* hehehe
60 gl is a great size for 6 Discus.
a lot depends on size and source.
if you start out with Juvies - anything from 2.5 - 4.5 inches, then frequent water changes and lots of small feedings.
when I say frequent I do that size everyday and feed 4-6 times a day. I would recommend at least every other day water changes.
this is usually for a period of at least 9 months to a year or so give or take. under the right conditions Discus should reach 6 inches within a years time.
not always the case and certainly not a hard fast rule.

if you can pay for the more expensive Adults then it is a whole lot less work. my Adults get one weekly water change of 60-75% and only 2-3 feedings a day.

my juvies I keep the bare minimum, no substrate and the simpliest of filtration. 2 sponge filters, that's it along with a couple heaters.

my Adults have sand, driftwood and even plants in one tank. just sayin, not hard at all, just time consuming.

and probably what I consider the most important part of keeping Discus is where you get them from. most ( I say most) LFS do not have good quality Discus. good quality from a recognized importer/breeder is the key.
 

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I agree with Disc61 100%. I went with cheap discus because I was nervous about the care requirements.

I wish I could go back. They really aren't complicated. Don't go with lfs or unknown stock.

Keep the water clean and changed frequently and feed quality food.


 

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you also need to be in an area where the water quality fits the discus care - like in my case in Central New Jersey.
except for Prime after every water change - nothing else to do. Water coming out straight from tap.
90-gallon tank / sponge filter/ aerator/ Fluval fx5.
almost 4-years now and still alive.
my enthusiasm not that much though . . .
 
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noslen1003 said:
you also need to be in an area where the water quality fits the discus care - like in my case in Central New Jersey.
except for Prime after every water change - nothing else to do. Water coming out straight from tap.
90-gallon tank / sponge filter/ aerator/ Fluval fx5.
almost 4-years now and still alive.
my enthusiasm not that much though . . .
Its easy to keep a discus alive. To keep them to optimal shape and size requires a little more efforts.

 

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I agree very expecsive but they aren't that hard to keep. Clean the bottom, 50% water change weekly. They are the most beautiful fish the are worth the money.
 
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