05-02-2007, 08:43 PM
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I think they're easier than a lot of people think. Most of the articles and resources are made with breeding in mind, which is signifigantly more difficult than keeping them.
The routine maintinence is definitely more demanding than with a normal tank. You should make sure your tank is well established and properly cycled before thinking about adding them. If you have a good canister filter, you can expect to do water changes about two times per week. You should plan for a 75 gallon or larger tank, because it is more stable and you can have a lerge enough school for them to be happy (5 - 6 or more).
As far as tank mates for a community discus tank, you cab have some of the smaller pleco species, dwarf cichlids (Rams, apisto's), and some of the tetra species (Neons, Cardinals, Rummy nose), cory's are ok.