11-17-2009, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Freddy
Recently I saw some discus in my local pet store and fell in love with them! They are only about 2"-3", and cluster around the front of the glass to look at you. They are on sale, and I don't think the store has them very often. Would it be all right to put them in a 10 gallon for now, then move them into a new 55 gallon I'm getting in a couple of months? I have been doing some research, and several sites say young discus do better slightly overcrowded. If I follow the general rule of 1" of fish per gallon, that is slightly overcrowded. I have a pleco and two BGKs (still juvenile) in my tank that I will also be moving to the 55 gallon. I have everything I will need to feed them (I will buy discus pellets) and know what it takes to care for them. Does it sound alright to keep them in a 10 gallon for now?
No you may not keep Discus in a ten gallon tank. Each fish requires ten gallons and juvenile fish, such as those you saw ,need to be fed several SMALL feedings each day to achieve their potential and a ten gallon tank ,will be too difficult to maintain the water quality =zero ammonia,zero,nitrites and nitrAtes under twenty. Discus also appreciate warmer temperatures than many fish with 82 degrees being about as cool as They like. Due to the frequent feedings mentioned for juvenile fish and subsequent frequent water changes needed to maintain the water quality,,, I would wait until I had the 55 gall up and running with mature biological filter before I considered the Discus. This would allow you ample time to research all you can find on their care. Your fish store may be able to order the Discus for you when you can provide proper enviornment.
I would not keep more than a small group of Tetras in a ten gallon tank. And then only for a few weeks ,to ensure that they were healthy before placing them in my display tank.