I just got myfirst two discus!
I had to purchase an RO unit in order to get to the correct PH. They are in a 125 gallon tank. All advice appreciated. I have the temp. at 86 and they appear very happy. They are with 4 neons and 3 small cory cats. myPigeon Blood Marlboro's discus are 3 1/2 inches. Has any one of you ever breed them successfully?Thanis for help in advanace. texas
Cories do not like that temp but other than that be sure to mox the ro with some tap and also discus like groups of six I believe
Congrats on your purchase I hope they do well, I cant comment much on the discus but I can tell you that the water is also too warm for your Neon Tetra, You might want to look at a smaller tank for your other fish at the right temperature otherwise they will probably have much shorter life spans. The Tropical fish profiles link at the top of the page is a great place to start on researching your fish and the conditions that they thrive in, also the Gray highlighted fish names in posts will take you to their pages.
Also where are the pics? and Welcome to TFK
I was also going to get some Discus because I found a guy who will them for like $10 each (juveniles)..So if I have a 55gl tank and am only running 15 Neons and a herd of Ruby shrimp are you saying that they will not thrive in the same water conditions?
What? You got new fish and didn't post pictures?
What an amaing tank size for this little group. I assume you will slowly add more Discus to this mix. Good job for taking it slow. I love that they have lots of room to swim!!
Each fish species has a "preferred" set of water parameters, which includes hardness, pH and temperature. This range is determined by nature. Some fish appear to be more adaptable than others respecting hardness and pH, and some are not. When it comes to temperature though, each species has a range in which they will do much better. Their metabolism is geared for certain temperatures, and while minor fluctuations that are temporary are usually OK, permanent conditions will most likely result in difficulty for the fish. This can be as simple as stress [which however weakens the immune system causing more trouble health-wise] but more often involves issues with digestion, respiration, behaviours, and so forth.
In our profiles, the safe temperature range is given for each species. Discus must have warm water, certainly never below 80F and preferably above that. Neon tetra by contrast will "burn out" at such high temperatures. Cardinal tetra is much more suitable with discus since cardinals can manage quite well at higher temperatures. Most corydoras species also have difficulty above 80F, with a few exceptions.
Have a read of our profiles, all these fish are included. Click on the shaded name for that fish's profile.
I must say, I don't keep discus.
I just don't see why discus are kept at such high temperatures... They come from the same areas as angelfish, yet angelfish have lower reccomended temperatures. Is it because the Discus' water is more shallow?
I bet it's because discus are so expensive, people reccomend keeping them at high temps to prevent disease. Not to mimic their natural climate, more similiar to how pet stores add salt to their freshwater tanks.
I someone knows this to be wrong, let me know. I might keep discus one day. This is just what I've gathered from my own research. Discus do perfectly fine at 80 degrees or so, and that will free up tankmates. Just keep the water pristine.
I wonder why discus are so expensive
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