Although increasing in popularity discus compared to many other fish are very hard to look after. Recent improvements in filter design and efficiency have improved the ability to care for them more effectively. Still, there is no easy way to maintain healthy fish, water quality, temperature, feeding and health are all significant factors which must be diligently observed for there to be any success in keeping these beautiful fish.
Discus are more suitable for experienced and dedicated aquarists.
Things you might need
- 24″ Fish Tank or larger
- Water Hardness Test Kit
- Food – flakes, pellets and live or frozen food
- Pet City Water Conditioner
- Pet City Purer Water
- PH Test Kit
- Neutraliser Blocks
- Gravel Cleaner
- Fish Net
Discus are a ‘species only’ school-fish, they should only be kept in tanks which contain a sole population of discus. The tank must be ready and the filter cultured before bringing the discus home. Discus require warm water – low water temperature is stressful and the discus will suffer over time. Discus grow faster in acidic water, their skin slime is thicker, and they ward off disease better. It is very important that when you set up the tank, you approximate the water conditions that your fish have previously been living in, a pH monitor is essential. It is very important that you are able to get accurate pH readings, and most basic test kits do not read low enough for discus keepers. Fully grown discus require a water change once weekly the new water needs to also be cultured, so a spare tank with identical water parameters as your main tank is required.
Discus require a good quality flake or pellet food at least once or twice daily depending on their size, they are carnivorous and require frozen or live food occasionally which can enhance their health and colour.