04-24-2011, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Inga
I am going to try cleaining my Angel tank 2 times a week in practice for Discus. They need to be cleaned several times a week, don't they? I know they are very fussy fish and I want to know for sure I can handle that before I even consider getting any. I have the process down to a science and it doesn't take me long but then, the Discus would have to be in the larger tank with larger quantity changes.
Discus need several water changes a week?? Please don't tell that to my Discus! They think twice a week is perfectly fine!!
Contrary to popular opinion, Discus aren't all that fussy IME, as long as you start out with healthy specimens to begin with. After keeping them for two years I have to say they are no more work than the other fish I keep. Like just about everyone else who starts out with these fish I was constantly stressing about them. (ie: is that a torn fin? Is that an unusual looking poo? Why isn't this one eating as well as the others?).
I had to deal with an issue of parasites at one time, and also had to deal with a serious eye injury. Now that I have two years under my belt I can happily say that now I can just kick back and enjoy them. They are great fish. I have to shoo them out of my way when doing water changes, they have such personalities. My mated pair that spawn weekly will even go about spawning right smack in the middle of a water change. Much more interactive than all my other fish combined!