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willystylee 12-23-2008 03:45 PM

Discus Question
I just got a beautiful discus the oter day and added him to my small commune of 2 gold gouramis and 2 dwarf gouramis and and another gourami (cant remember name), and am wondering if i could get a little advice on care and maybe some suggestions that any of you discus owners may have.

Is there anything i should know?

I have the pH at 6.8 right now, (the guy at my fish shop said for the pH to be like 6.5-7.2) and my temp is about 81 maybe 82.

my tank is an octagonal 35 gal.



MRQuad 12-24-2008 08:13 PM

it would be much better if you keep the discus on their own tank and should be barebottom..

Hailfirex 01-03-2009 07:22 PM

Discus fish are touchy so they would be better in it's own tank.

1077 01-05-2009 06:56 AM

Juvenile discus require frequent feedings daily to achieve proper growth. This means frequent water changes so that ammonia, nitrites, are zero Always and nitrAtes should be 10 or below. Adult discus can be fed twice daily and weekly water changes will do. Most who raise juvenile discus prefer bare bottom tanks so that cleaning up the poop and uneaten food is easier. Once the fish are grown then community tanks look very nice with a group of discus.

dkratzer1 01-07-2009 11:01 AM

Help..My One Discus won't eat!
Please someone help..I have 6 Discus..5 of them are fine. I have one that is hanging at the back of the tank..When I put food in he comes to the front of the tank and acts like he wants to eat...but he doesn't. I have had him for about a month. He was eating fine. Now, all of a sudden he is acting like this. My water is kept at 86. All water tests are perfect. We check for everything. The tank is planted with live plants. The tank is 300 gallon. The other discus are all eating good and seem fine. His color is good. He is bright orange. To look at him..he looks OK. If feed them frozen bloodworms. Which they love. If anyone can help, please let me know.

Fishcricker 01-07-2009 10:14 PM

I keep my Discus in a planted tank with a few other community fish. Mine have always been with other fish since They have owned me. They do fine with other smalller tetras and such. The small fish also feed off the bits of lefovers from the Discus. I keep the water at 82-84, 25% PWC every week with a pH of 7.6. Feed my own beefheart mix, frozen bloodworms, quality flake, mashed peas. They DO like to be with their own, so I don't think I would keep just one. I have also had them spawn 3 times since Thankgiving, but don't ever think they will get fertilized as my water is hard and alkaline. So they must be content. I have seen from my own experience that sometimes one gets pushed to the side and the others have literally brow beat it into submission so that it does not eat. Falls under the Survival of the Fittest. It's the cruel side of Mother Nature.

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