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Brujo 01-17-2010 06:04 PM

discus Fish
ive been considering starting a project for Discus fish, , ive been reading as much as i can but i never seem to find anyone saying how much volume of the tank is recomended i know Discus like to live in groups, so i know ill need a big tank but how big is the questions, i've been looking at 55g and up an trying to find a good deal on the biggest one i can afford.

im still researching but any help here would be apreciatted.

jeaninel 01-17-2010 06:29 PM

I've not kept discus before either but I would say at least a 55 for a group of them (4-5).

molliefan09 01-17-2010 06:30 PM

i cant answer your question about discus but i saw your name....i used to have a dog named brujo....he was a mini dachshund.... he had a liver ailment and passed away at 9 weeks old....

mrdemin 01-17-2010 11:59 PM

I think 4-5 would be ok in a 55g, but if you can get a bigger tank that would be better. The bigger the tank the better off they are, especially since discus are considered to be very sensitive and hard to care for. Have you kept fish before? Make sure the tank is cycled (after you get it and set up of course :)), make sure they are not the first fish you introduce, this is to see that everything is going good.
It is strongly recommended water be changed at least 3 times a week, 25-50% (dont recall the numbers), a lot of people change it every single day. (some breeders change twice a day)
I believe a weekly water change should be fine, but dont take my word for it.
Basically, they need to be introduced to an established tank. Do/did you keep fish?
I would also recommend a planted tank for them.

rrcoolj 01-18-2010 05:53 AM

I agree with mrdemin. They need extremely clean water and extremely soft water. Some breeders actually reccomend against a planted tank because it makes the tank harder to clean but alot of people still do it with great sucess. They have the coolest breeding behavior in that the babies will feed off the parents slime coat. 55 gallons is plenty of room for small group and 29 would be good for one pair. Discus are more affected by thier water than thier tank size so the key thing is to keep the water clean.

quangvinh382000 01-28-2010 02:40 AM

discuss fish needs a suitable tank. about 3-4 litre per 1 fish. if your tank is too big it easy to make your fish becom stress.
And you shoulde change water daily and it not necessery to use filter.

rsn48 02-04-2010 11:20 PM

The recommendation is two fold, the largest tank you can handle for more stable water conditions, Discus need "stable" conditions; and not 3 -4 litres per fish, that's one gallon; instead 10 gallons (38 litres) per fish. I have a 75 gallon tank and if I was keeping them in it, I'd keep 6 of them.

Also at one of the better fish stores in town, an aquarium is set up that demonstrates discus can do well in a community planted tank; the tank looks around 75 gallons. Its an established tank and no fish are sold from it.

Mikaila31 02-04-2010 11:54 PM

Usually it is adults that are kept in planted tanks though, breeders keep young discus in bare tanks w/ tons of water changes because they can easily become stunted.

Unfortunately no discus can touch my tap water:-(.

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