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  1. Default D-I-S-C-U-S - 6 Cardinal Rules for Newbies to Follow


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    I'm new to this forum, but have had many years' experience with keeping discus, and thought that perhaps those of you who are interested in trying discus, or those who have just got started, but have some question marks or concerns about whether or not you've begun well, and are doing the right things to be successful, may find this short agenda of points to be considered, to be informative and helpful:

    This listing is recorded more or less in order of importance:

    1) - D - Do your homework well before delving into discus. Read and research all you can beforehand. Googling will certainly help, as well as spending a good deal of time reading the posts and threads on the simplydiscus.com forum, particularly the stickies in their 'Discus Basics'
    section, which will provide you with much of the material you need to digest.

    2) - I - Investigate and learn of the best sources to get your discus stock. Find those breeders &/or importers that are long time, well-experienced, responsible, reputable, and known to supply high quality, healthy, and well-shaped discus. Buy your discus from one of these sources in order to insure that you get off on the best footing possible.
    This is the single, most important factor in succeeding with discus.

    3) - S - Set up and plan to follow a strict regular routine of fresh water changes, tank wipe-downs and cleansing, vacuuming of wastes, and regular filter and media cleaning, changes, replacements, and maintenance. Be fully prepared for the kind of commitment it takes to produce and maintain the highest water quality and conditions that you can.

    4) - C - Carefully consider the type of tank set up you start with. Make sure the tank size is ample enough to start with 5 or 6 discus. Don't be tempted to begin with a tank of less than 55 or 60 gallons, and don't try to justify going smaller by just getting 1, 2, 3, or 4 discus for cost or other reasons.
    Wait till you have sufficient resources to get a proper-sized tank, and the suitable size and number of fish to insure continuing good health and harmonious discus sociability.
    Do not start with small, undersized, very juvenile fish which have not yet developed a more mature immune system, are more demanding to raise properly, and much more prone to health problems and other issues. Get fish of at least 3.0" in size, preferably larger.

    5) - U - Undertake to start off with a bare bottom tank, unless you're getting fully adult fish and have previous good experience with maintaining a planted tank. If you must have some decor, limit yourself to a very thin sand substrate layer, and perhaps a piece of driftwood with just a couple of small plants attached, or one or two potted plants.
    Once you gain several months' of experience getting to know your discus' traits & behavior, and your discus get larger, then you may proceed to an aquascaped environment. Feed a varied diet, several times a day, and learn which foods will achieve a nutritious diet, by researching.

    6) - S - Simplify. Keep things as simple as you can to start. Don't complicate your start with discus, at least at first, by placing them in a heavily planted environment, using CO2 and a strict fertilization regime. Make sure your tank is fully cycled before adding the fish, and don't be tempted to alter or change the pH of your water, or modify your water conditions and params by using chemicals of any kind. No need to use RO water or adopt any other procedures that would tend to complicate what should be a simple start to your discus launch.

    Follow these 'rules', and there's little doubt you will succeed with discus !


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    Great advice discuspaul!!! I like the "keep it simple" approach to first timers :D
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    Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy... but this is a great post... so sticky maybe?

    In all reality this is a great post without going DEEP into the step by step care one needs to acheive the best quality enviroment for this fish.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy... but this is a great post... so sticky maybe?

    In all reality this is a great post without going DEEP into the step by step care one needs to acheive the best quality enviroment for this fish.
    Thanks a bunch, Sandz - much appreciated.

    If Admin wants to sticky it, that's fine by me.
    It has been stickied in the Canadian Discus Association forum (discuscda.com)
    Just for information - and not to blow my own horn, I have also written an illustrated, extensively detailed, fairly comprehensive 'Beginner's Guide to Getting Started with Discus' which has been Stickied on 6 other forums, including simplydiscus.com; BIDKA (British & International Discus-Keepers Assn.); Canadian Discus Association, and The Planted Tank. It can be made available to aquatic community too, if Admin is interested.

    I wrote the guide about 2 years ago, and it has been viewed to date on the forums where it's stickied, combined, approx. 40,000 times.

    P.S. It can be viewed in the Discus Basics for Beginners section (last sticky) of simplydiscus.com
    Last edited by discuspaul; 04-22-2013 at 07:10 PM.

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    Here's to Lee's 5000 and Guava Flavored Whiskey! - Taurus Why drink alone, when a Sandz is nearby? - KevinVA Sorry to hear of your loss, it always sucks to lose fish. - mommy1 Wish it was a real one, sorry for your loses :( - steeler58 So sorry about your fish! - SeaLady 
    Here is pie. - mommy1 for the one you lost :o( - fishmommie No Message - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Thanks, this one is on me - mommy1 
    Here's to 4,000 posts :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF and here's to good whiskey :-) - Taurus Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 

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    Ive read through that sticky. Very good post. I would highly recomend our community support this post as well.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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