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Mirta 04-28-2007 06:06 AM

Discuss - a problem to keep?
Is it true that discusses should have a tank for themselves? If not, what are the safe species for them?

They also require some better conditions and food, as I heard. And they like quiet places.

sxcsamman 04-28-2007 06:25 AM

yes you can keep some other species with discuss but i belive you should just go with the discus by themself other fish can couse a wholelot of unneeded stress, and yes they like a quiet tank with not to much movement.

saint 04-28-2007 07:26 AM

small schooling fish like rummynose tetras are a really good one too keep with discus. and just some catfish aswell

Lupin 04-28-2007 09:06 AM

Locally-bred discus will be your best option. Wild ones are another story. They aren't exactly difficult to keep. It is only a matter of careful planning and acclimatization. Failure to do so often places the discus into risks.

Placid tankmates are recommended. Various South American tetras and other characins, corydoras, rasboras and apistogrammas are the best tankmates the discus can have. Keeping angelfish with them can be accomplished but it must be noted that angels are all too often eager to breed and are more temperamental compared to the shy discus hence you'll find a lot of sites will not recommend mixing discus and angels. I learned my lesson here with the regret of mixing the quite-eager-to-breed angels with my discus.


Arash 05-01-2007 02:36 AM

corydoras and as many friend said to you
pinguin and cardinal tetras are better choices.

but the most important thing you must always remeber :

your smallest discus must be bigger than all of the other tank mates ( about double size

Mirta 05-01-2007 02:32 PM

Thank you all for the replies!

Maybe I shall start a new aquarium with discusses now. I know I will have to learn a lot. I like angels too.

Arash 05-02-2007 07:00 AM

but remember If you want to breed them
it is better to keep only discus

maby little cories

jestep 05-02-2007 07:43 PM

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.

Mirta 05-03-2007 02:34 PM

Thank you all again!

I also like angels but I understood that those will need to go into a separate tank.

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