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TowBoater
10-10-2007, 12:01 PM
I am interested in starting one, what is the minimum tank requirements and filtration recommendations for them? I know I also need soft water, don't know if it is possible to get it to the recommend pH because right out of the tap, mine is 7.6 but I can get it to 7.2 with a small piece of driftwood. I don't want a whole bunch of them.

cocoa_pleco
10-10-2007, 02:07 PM
i believe the minimum is a 55g and the filtration would be a canister, such as a hydor or eheim, fluvals good too. you wouldnt want any HOB's since they would make too much flow for a amazon tank.

EDIT- if possible, add the driftwood

Drumachine09
10-10-2007, 02:11 PM
Fluval 405 and an AC 110 would fit the bill quite nicely.

Lady Hobbs
10-10-2007, 03:27 PM
Driftwood only lowers the pH for a time. They will probably do fine in your pH and will adapt. The need very clean water always.

CAF
10-10-2007, 03:37 PM
pH is fine, make sure you acclimate them. 55g minimum. Hard water for juvies, it will help them grow larger, soft water if you want them to breed. Clean water is a must!!!

Drumachine09
10-10-2007, 03:43 PM
Clean water is a must!!!

That point cant be stressed enough. Large frequent waterchanges, along with constant parameter monitoring are also good ideas.

Special-K
10-10-2007, 04:11 PM
My lfs recommends a peat filtration addition too. softens the water and slowly and safely lowers pH. dunno if thats useful info or not.

CAF
10-10-2007, 04:19 PM
My lfs recommends a peat filtration addition too. softens the water and slowly and safely lowers pH. dunno if thats useful info or not.
It really depends on what are trying to do. I have seen discus being grown out in a pH of 8.0 with really hard water. The fish will adapt and grow quicker because of the extra minerals available to them. However, Discus eggs will harden into cement in that high of KH before the male even has a chance to fertilize them. So if you are trying to breed discus 6.0 to 6.5 and nice soft water is best for that.

However, Water Changes, Water Changes, Water Changes....

Invest in an automatic water change system and save yourself the work. Think of Discus as the FW equivilant of a SW tank and the extra things you get to do there.

TowBoater
10-10-2007, 11:50 PM
All my SW is FOWLR tank so they don't take as much work, could I have like 2 in a 30g?

CAF
10-10-2007, 11:57 PM
All my SW is FOWLR tank so they don't take as much work, could I have like 2 in a 30g?
They can grow in excess of 8" in diameter.... I would really recommend long term a bigger tank. For juvies, sure! Just be ready to move them when the time comes.... I'll have a tank ready and waiting...:18:

TowBoater
10-11-2007, 12:42 AM
Well guess I will have to wait, don't have room for a 55g at the moment.

CAF
10-11-2007, 12:46 AM
Well guess I will have to wait, don't have room for a 55g at the moment.
And here I thought I was going to get a pair of Discus at a really good price...

::sigh::

TowBoater
10-11-2007, 12:58 AM
Lol, nope.:c2: