12-02-2010, 12:15 PM
| || | I would love to do the same thing with mine but just as your experience went, the one time I took all of the plants out the discus were terrified of everyone but myself. Even my wife whom the see every day! IDK im starting to think that unless there captive bred and raised in such a way as to go with a hard aquaskape they will be afraid without plants and places for them to hide. On another note just a quick question for the experts here, Do you guys think that discus fare better in a natural planted tank or without the plants. Ive been toying with the idea but im a little standoffish about taking the carbon out of my filtration system so the plants can thrive. I guess im really just asking if you guys think they would be more healthy in a planted tank or in one with fake plants and solid filtration.
Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
Well, you just confirmed what I suspected. Since I pulled out all the plants they have been "jukey". I had two friends over for dinner last night and when one of them walked up to the tank they made a mad dash to escape the approaching intruder, but there was no where to hide. One of them actually hit the side of the tank in her frantic attempt to get away. When the plants were in the tank they were fine no matter who approached the tank.
I remember reading on another forum about a guy who had his female (of a breeding pair) hit the side of the tank so hard she died on the spot! When no one is around they are perfectly fine with me approaching and thay all make a mad dash to be front and center. I suppose I could go hardscape and then simply ban all visitors to my home?? LOL.