07-10-2010, 11:41 AM
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Both aunt kymmie and 1077 have (or have had) discus, they can provide some insight if they see this thread. [No offense to any other members, but I know of these two.]
I have had fish for 20 years but still haven't attempted discus. I don't mean to suggest they are particularly difficult, they are not, provided you recognize their specific wants and provide them. Temperature is one thing that has held me back; they must have warmth, above 82F, which many other tropical fish cannot tolerate long-term, so tankmates must be chosen with equal care.
One suggestion on discus, always get them from a breeder as close to you as possible. First, they will be more likely adjusted/accustomed to your tap water parameters with less fussing (and that is a big issue). Plus, local breeders frequently are a wealth of information and help along the way.
There is no need to do 100% water changes daily on discus tanks unless you are breeding them; as 1077 and kymmie will I'm sure attest, normal but regular and thorough water changes in a well-planted tank will suffice. But they are not a fish that accept lapses in aquarium management. Discus are still expensive (for good fish; those you see for $30 in the store may well be at death's door so to speak) and before laying out $100 or $200 per fish, you want to know your stuff. Like I said, I haven't gone down this road--yet.