04-28-2012, 03:02 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Is it possible for me to have discus?
I have a 45 gal high tank. It would be lightly decorated with drift wood. I am experienced in fish keeping. I am very meticulous about water changes. Is my tank too small for discus? I do not have room for a larger tank for about 2 years. Then I can get a larger tank. Thank you
04-28-2012, 08:43 AM #2
A 75g is usually miinimum for discus as they need to be kept in groups of 4+, usually a 45 would be ok if you could buy a mated pair. However I think because it is a 45tall then it just won't be suitable. They need a larger footprint unfortunatelyMy therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
04-28-2012, 10:05 AM #3
+1 to ScottishFish. I think a 45g high wouldn't be suitable.~Col~
4 ft 60g FW: 2 angels, 4 blind cave, 1 whiteskirt, 4 gold widows, 6 serpaes, 1 neonhead apisto, 4 clown loaches, 4 albino cory, 2 bronze corys & 3 BN plecos.
23g FW: 1 neonhead apisto, 1 yoyo, 2 albino BN plecos & 4 pepper cory
5.5g: Crowntail Betta, 6 black Khuli's & RCS
5 g: Crowntail Betta, 1 albino cory (Quasi), 4 baby khuli's & RCS
7 g: Dragontail Betta & 2 albino cory
3ft Axi tank: 1 black, 1 gold - 1 redcap oranda & 2 albino cory
04-28-2012, 07:14 PM #4
Best to avoid discus with such a small tank - water changes in a 45 gal with four fish would be daily and fairly large (and you will be fighting algae) - if that isn't an issue, it is possible but four is very risky. Four will have smaller discus and very likely, that one will be killed. Then the dominate fish will then do the same for the next one in line and so on.
By the way, a sparse tank isn't good - plants and wood allow discus to adjust better (except true wilds but they are very $$$.) Food is costly and raising young is a big job - six feedings a day, near 100% WC EVERY DAY for three months.Knowledge is fun(damental)
A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is fifteen Sterba's Corys. Filters: canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber that removes phosphates and nitrates! Also, a highly dangerous commercial nitrate removal unit from hell
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04-28-2012, 07:29 PM #5
I agree with everyone that's posted above. You could go with other South American cichlids such as a pair of Angels/Rams?