Discus Fish Care Guide
Plants can make a good aquarium a terrific aquarium or they can make a good aquarium a depressing mess. Aquarium plants have a set of needs of their own and not all plants are suitable for the warm acidic water of the discus aquarium. Some species of plants that do very well in the discus tank are Java fern, Java moss, sword plants, onion plants, species of Vallisneria, cryptocorynes, water sprite, and species of Aponogeton. By all means consult a book specifically about aquatic plants for important information on the proper care of aquarium plants. There are many advantages to including plants in the discus aquarium, but you will only realize these benefits if you take some simple steps to ensure that the plants you keep will be strong, healthy specimens.
Pour some vinegar on a sample. If it fizzes, don't use it in the discus aquarium. If it doesn't, rinse it off and carry on. Driftwood helps to soften the water as it adds tannins to the water. This is very much preferred by discus and one of the reasons, besides the fact that the discus's preferred home is among roots, that driftwood is a staple in the discus aquarium. The heater you choose for your discus aquarium must be of top quality The high temperatures required by discus don't leave much room for error. Yes, use one of the newer submersible heaters. Use two for larger tanks. 1 would prefer to see two heaters in any tank larger than 50 gallons. A 30-gallon discus tank is served well by a 150-watt heater, Less than
Many fishes carry parasites without problems for their entire lives. These same parasites could be devastating to a discus in the aquarium. Because of this, it is critical that you quarantine and debug any fish that you want to introduce to your discus aquarium. Follow the guidelines in the chapter on discus health before introducing any new fishes, discus or otherwise, to your discus community. Do not forget to quarantine and treat all fishes that are to be included in Ore discus aquarium
It is the purpose of this book to prepare the aquarisl to keep discus successfully. Learning about where the fish comes from ill nature is essential lo understanding why the fish has certain requirements for its care in the aquarium. If these few basic requirements are respected, given that you have started with healthy fish, there is no reason, in my mind, why everyone cannot enjoy and keep these exceptions fish. angelfishes, oscars, convict cichlids, dwarf cichlids, and African cichlids. All these, and many more, are relatives of the genus Symphysodon, to which the different species of discus belong.
Not want to use for a discus aquarium include crushed oyster shell and dolomite. In the rare instance that your water is too soft for discus, the use of these materials in a filter box may be appropriate, but they are definitely out of the question for use as the substrate.
Some tanks do quite well without any type of chemical filtration at all. Frequent small water changes are employed to remove nitrates and other toxins. However, water chemistry varies radically in different areas and chemical filtration is sometimes necessary simply to keep the fish alive. If, for example, your tap water is very high in phosphates or nitrates, you may find that your fishes don't do well until you pretrcat the water with specific resins or activated carbon. While it is not within the scope of this book to go into great depth on water chemistry, be aware that there is virtually no water that cannot be made suitable to keep even such a delicate species as discus. Water chemistry is a fascinating study and in some areas it may be necessary to become quite adept at water chemistry and water treatment before you ean keep discus successfully.
Humic acids that reduce pH and acts as a natural ion exchanger and reduces carbonate hardness in the water. Peat will also bind up some of the heavy metals and other toxins that may be present in the water. The active compounds in peat are also present in the natural black waters of the discus. It is all-natural and does wonders in the discus aquarium. True peat filtration will color the water, but if the behavior of discus in peat-filtered water is any indication, discus really like amber-colored water Peat filtration often triggers spawning in fish that have been flirting outrageously for months with no results
There are currently two species of wild discus Symphysodon discus (Meckel), with the * subspecies d. discus (Meckel) and d. willischwartzi (pineapple), and Symphysodon aequifasciatus, with the subspecies a. aequifasciatus (green), a. haraldi (blue), and a. axelrodi (brown). Many people are A wild brown discus, Symphysodon aequifasciatus axelrodi, caught at Belem. One of the original specimens of Symphysodon discus willischwartzi from the Rio Abacaxis. One of the original specimens of Symphysodon discus willischwartzi from the Rio Abacaxis. Symphysodon aequifasciatus aequi-fasciatus collected by Dr. Herbert R. AxelrocJ at Tefe, Brazil. Symphysodon aequifasciatus aequi-fasciatus collected by Dr. Herbert R. AxelrocJ at Tefe, Brazil.
I place this chapter before the breeding chapter because without good health your discus will not live long enough to spawn or simply will not be healthy enough to reproduce. While it is not the goal of every discus keeper to spawn their fish, to keep discus and never witness this beautiful sight would be frustrating in the extreme to most of us.
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