Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:43 am Post subject: planning to have discus fish but need help
this is supreet from punjab. after thorough studying on internet and surfing through blog , i have made my mind to make my 55 gallon aquarium as discus fish only one. i am thinking of buying 8 julienne and raise them ,the tank will be bare bottom and i have read all about the water change routine. i am like almost on the path but have some struggles which i will be listing bellow. oh just for info - i am new in discus but i been keeping fishes from past 7 years.
1. i have diy internal sump in my 55 gallon tank and it has submersible power head with great turbulence & that i read will cause the discus to stress out, so what i can really do here? i have one sponge filter too .
2. this one should be actually the first concern, i don't have anybody around me in discus , so where do i get decent fish at economic price-see i am student and can't afford expensive onez.
3. thirdly, in my mind i see bare bottom tank with colourful 8 baby discuss ( i mean mix colours- some yellow ,blue,turquoise etc) along with some cardinal tetra and blue background but i know not every discus fish strain is not easy for first timers,so plz guide me what types of discus i can have realistically.
4. we have like little hard water supply here, like white strains are formed at top of aqaurium glass and i have to scrub it off, will this water be ok for discus, i read they like soft and acidic type but i also read that now captive bred discus can tolerate vast types of water then wild
i sincerely need help from experienced persons here, as of now i am frustrated as i am not going anywhere with my discus tank (
Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:00 pm Post subject: Re: planning to have discus fish but need help
Hi, Supreet welcome to discus hobby.
Discus, are not hard fish to keep unless you provide them what they need. Let me answer you one by one.
Water :- Discus prefers ph of 6 with less TDS for good health, so RO water is always best. Make sure you have a good filtration system, as you already said that you have sump with power head and that sounds good. Make sure that the power head you use is enough for rotating the volume of water in main tank by Min three rotation an hour, 55 g is close to 200 liters so your power head should have capacity not less then 1000-1200 liter per hour. Weekly water change is must, since you have sump I would recommend 30% WC every week. Maintain Temp at constant 30%, avoid using heater during summer.
Invest on good media for your sump because this is going to decided the health of fish health and amount water that your going to change weekly. For media you can contact Aquashoppe India Pvt. Ltd. http://www.aquashoppe.in/
Tank :- For 55g a group of 8 discus with good tank mates like Rummy nose tetras,Cardinal Tetra, A L series Pleco (if it fit your budget) and some corydoras (If you have sand in tank, it's good sand sifter) . Make sure your tank have lighter background preferably white color. I won't personally recommend discus in fully planted tank instead you have some nice drift woods and some anubis plants tied on them. And bare bottom is always good for easy maintenance. You can also have a thin layer of fine white sand if that interest you.
Always have one spare tank as a Quarantine tank (min 2ftx1ftxft for 2 discus). This will be helpful if you want to add new fish once after your main tank is fully set
Fish :- When it comes to discus, I recommend you to buy it directly from reputed breeder or farm, instead of buying from any Local fish store, reason is you'll know the quality and how it's maintained. Buy discus at size 3- 3.5" anything less then that will be a tough job as juveniles need daily water change for fast and healthy growing. Buy all discus at once instead of buying each a month, once your tank is fully set try not to add any new fish, if you want to add, then makes sure you QT them for atleast 15 days of, Irrespective of where you buy the fish from.
Hope my suggestions are useful, cheers and happy discus keeping.
Pardon me if there is any typo error.
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Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:37 pm Post subject: Re: planning to have discus fish but need help
thnku so much sir..
u have really eased my so many worries.i was having so many doubts but now i know i can pull this and have a happy discus tank. i will surely see the discus references u gave me. thnku once again for such a detailed reply on my post
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