Joined: Dec 22, 2004 Posts: 79 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:17 am Post subject: wanted help in discus keeping
all these days i have been keeping central american cichluds and arowanas but now i plan to keep discus so i would like to clear a few doubts
1. is it absolutely necessary to change water daily or can it be done once in 3 days or 4 days
2. do i need to treat the water from bwssb for chlorine.
3.is it true that discus is very delicate and needs lot of attention.
4.do i need to keep a bare bottam tank
First query: Water Changes everyday are a must... especially if feeding beef heart. Incidentally not feeding beef heart is the worst thing u can do to discus.
Second query: i suggest if you are doing more than 40% water changes a day (which is a must) .. you add some sodium thyosulphate a.k.a hypo and eliminate the risk of losing the fish to chlorine.
Third query: Attention .. yes .. a tank would need some time everyday.. 2-3 feedings, water change. If these are regularly done, you are more likely not to face any problems. DISCUS ARE NOT AT ALL DELICATE THEY ARE A VERY HARDY SPECIES.
Fourth query: its better to keep a bare bottom tank since it stays cleaner and improves the growth.
Joined: Oct 19, 2003 Posts: 1853 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:13 pm Post subject:
...not feeding beef heart is the worst thing...
Not Really and I disagree...on the fronts that I've raised Discus feeding on Veggie Recipes, pellet food and wafers...We even have Mr. Suresh Babu who has raised all his Discus by feeding only Tetra Bits...
With this, I've not come across any problems relating to parasites...albeit, the growth has been slow...to attain full size, they've taken about 16 months...
BHM is recommended, but any lean meat will also give the same results...as protien content is high in animal flesh...
Joined: Jul 04, 2003 Posts: 1133 Location: Coimbatore, India
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 11:09 pm Post subject:
Keep the stocking levels low. Either keep a few fish in a small tank[3 X 1.5 X 1.5], or get a 4 X 2 X 2, if you want to keep more.
Daily water changes:
NO, you surely do not need daily water changes if you keep your tank lightly stocked or under stocked.
You will not need to treat water, if you can use the water after storing it for at least 48 hours. I dont treat my water, as it comes in to my sump. I pump it up to the overhead tank, and from there it comes to a water holding tank in my back yard. I use it from there. This usually gives me 2 day old water. Never faced a problem with chlorine[touchwood], even when the water that came was full of chlorine. You can store water in a barrel or small tank and use some badaam leaves, and aeration, if you really want to treat water. But I am sure its NOT necessary.
Are discus delicate?
NO, discus are not delicate. Well it depends mainly from where you get them, and what condition they are in, when you get them. If you buy healthy and good quality discus that are very active, abd eating well, they are a breeze to keep.
NO, you dont NEED to. But if possible, keep it bare, because its much easier to keep it cleaner. If you want to keep a discus tank in your living room, a bare bottom tank will look ou of place. If its going to be in your fish room, you can surely keep it bare.
If you are ok with a bare setup, you can go in for juveniles, that are say 2.5 to 3 inch size. They grow well too. If you really want a nice aquascaped tank, you should go in for slightly bigger discus, that are , say, 4 to 4.5 inches. They are hardier at that age, and can take the nitrates better.
What size tank are you looking at? How many discus do you plan to keep?
IMO, the time, and other resources for maintenance spent are the same for any strain of discus, except for wilds. Take a look at all the strains available. Do look around and ask to see all the discus you can. Then decide on a good strain. Make sure you are surely prepared, and have the time and resources to keep discus. Then take the plunge. I can surely assure you this is a very rewarding fish. You will surely enjoy some very nice memorable moments in life, if you keep discus.
In my setup, I have more than 50 discus, of various sizes and strains. Right from the humble turquoise, to super melons, to high fin high body blue diamonds, and even heckels that are wild caught. I NEVER treat my water, I dont do daily water changes, and I dont think discus are delicate. I do keep them in bare tanks, just because I have many tanks and its easier to keep them clean.
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