Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Other Recommended Foods for your Discus

1. Frozen Hikari Blood Worms
2. Tetra Bits (soak in water for a few minutes before feeding)
3. Frozen or Live Adult Brine Shrimp
4. Mosquito Larvae
5. Daphnia (great for small fry)
6. White Worms
7. Mysis Shrimp
8. Chopped up Red Worms
9. Glass Worms

A beef-turkey heart/fish/shrimp mixture should be the main diet of your discus. Use other recommended foods as a supplement to vary your fishes diet. Try to avoid feeding freeze-dried foods or flake foods as their main diet if you really want your discus to grow.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Discus needs lots of room to grow to its maximum size. The bigger the tank setup the better. Water conditions are harder to maintain in an overloaded fish tank. This will lead to increase stress and stunting of fish. Therefore, the minimum tank size recommended for discus is a 55 gallon tank. As a rule most hobbyist follows, one adult discus will need about 10 gallon of water. More fish could be kept, but more frequent water changes and cleaning of filters are needed. For a beginner, we recommend 6-8 small discus for a 55 gallon tank.

Discus tank setups can be divided into two types, planted discus tank and bare bottom discus tank. Each have its own advantages and disadvantages.

Bare bottom tanks are mostly preferred by breeders and some serious discus keeper, including ourselves. These setups only have an air stone or power head for circulation and sponge filter for biological filtration. The advantages to this setup are that its easy, and simple to clean/maintain; fish can be fed heavily, uneaten food will not be trap in gravel; fish will not shy away because they have nothing to hide; and relatively inexpensive to setup. Disadvantages are that setup looks less presentable and plants cannot be kept.

As for planted tanks. The advantages are more artistically pleasing to look at; ability to keep plants; and if setup correctly, more biological balance cycle. The disadvantages are that its maintenance are more difficult; heavy feeding cannot be done; and more skills are needed (i.e. CO2 injectors, lighting, etc); medications cannot be administer without affecting plants; and cost more to setup. We do not recommend beginners to start out with planted discus tanks unless they have previously kept planted tanks.

Tank mates for discus would be any fish that are not aggressive or over complete with discus for food. An Amazon tank setting would be excellent for discus. Fish that would be compatible are small tetras (neon, cardinals, glow lights, etc), German rams, corydoras, etc. Angelfish are not good tank mates because they usually compete with discus.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Breeding Discus From a Beginner

Check out this cool article I found On breeding Discus

Saturday, July 16, 2005

All about Tropical Fish Discus Answered!

Here is some good information on discus disease.


Friday, July 15, 2005


Thursday, July 14, 2005

Saturday, July 09, 2005

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