Joined: Oct 28, 2004 Posts: 2450 Location: Salem, TN
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:09 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss
Rains have nothing to do with Discus. Its all a matter of getting a heater. They do best in warm waters of about 30 C and if you intend to have domestic discus and not to breed them, they can do pretty well in hard water as well. Apart from this, just go through the discus forums, you'll find more than enough info.
Joined: Jul 04, 2003 Posts: 1133 Location: Coimbatore, India
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:20 pm Post subject: Re: How to start with discuss
Discus and rains?
My discus used to love the rains, and used to get really horny when the rains started. They used to start off cleaning at the signs of rains.
I could even predict rainfall looking at my discus behaviour. They somehow can sense the change in atmospheric pressure really well, dont ask me how.
Get some healthy discus from reputed breeders/traders who know whats quarantine and "healthy".
You can keep discus if you can :
1. Change water on a daily basis, at least 50 percent daily. In Coimbatore, water is soft, and actually, with discus, the more water you change, the better it is. The only condition is that the water you are introducing should be favorable to the discus in terms of temperature and pH. I used to keep a batc of discus that I was feeding 6 times a day, with 3 water changes daily. Every water change was more than 80 percent. The fish loved it, because they were getting lots of food, and crapping, and even then lots of fresh clean water. My wife loved it, because I was home all day. The fish grew so fast, and were very very healthy. I couldnt do this for a long time, as I needed to go out once in a while too. Then, I passed on the whole batch to a friend, and they are still breeding well with him. Water changes, the more the merrier.
2. Feed some good food, keeping in mind all that the fish needs to take in, like protein, calcium, some roughage[fiber], beta carotene, spirulina, and vitamins. If you can feed beefheart, its the best you can give your fish. Beefheart is the best base for homemade food, because you can get some real clean meat by cutting out the fat totally. its economical, and you can mix all that you need into it, specifically for your fish. If you want to pump in asta, you can. If you want to introduce garlic into its diet, you can. You can deworm your discus easily, if you are feeding heart too. So, heart would be the best choice. My humble advice would be to stay away totally from live feed, as you can keep infection away.
3. Install a good, dependable heater. Some good brand like Jaeger, or Rena, that you can surely be assured that it wont cook your fish. You definitely will need a heater in Coimbatore as we have very wide swings in temperature.
4. Use a sponge filter for your discus tank. If your tank is big, you might need 2 sponge filters. If you would not like your air pump sounding like a generator, get a good quality air pump like Eheim or Rena, or at least google "air pump silencer" for some DIY tips on how to silence your air pumps.
5. Keep a small lamp, a zero watt bulb ON 24X7, above the discus tank. This will prevent them from getting startled during lights ON and lights off time, as this will give them a gradual shift, if you know what I mean. Discus kept this way dont get spooked very easily. If you keep them in total darkness, and switch on the light and get close too soon, you will see them flying out of the tank like flying saucers.
6. Cover all sides of your discus tank, and keep only the front side open. This applies if your tank is up against the wall, and you are not planning a tank with 2 sides viewing. This helps the discus settle down well, as they feel very secure in a setup like this. They will always swim up to look at you, every time you are near the tank.
7. Keep the tank in a place thats free from too many people walking too close to the tank. This too can spook your discus, and they will take a long time to settle down.
8. Start with some juveniles, that are about 3 to 3.5 inches in size. This will give you too some time, to really know how discus should be kept, and what they require. They will grow well with you if you take care of their needs, and will even breed, if kept properly.
All info I have provided are from my own experiene of having kept these beautiful fishes for many years succesfully and also had them breed with me. I dont keep them right now, as I dont have enough time and space for them, but I am sure I will return to discus very soon.
I guess thats that! Do let us know what more info you need.
I am sure we have a lot of info about keeping discus, feeding discus, and their requirements on the forum. Do spend some time reading up older posts, and you will get answers to most of your questions.
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