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  1. Default Water Changes - Need advise from experts


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    So, I decided to go bare bottom in a 125 gallon tank with some wood. I decided to bite the bullet and do all the extra work discus require.

    I am having trouble wrapping my head around one thing, the frequency of the water changes. See, there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet: some people to 50%+ every day, some people every other, some people 25% every day, etc.... From what I've read, juvenile discus need meatier foods more often than adults, hence the frequent water changes.

    I want to keep the fish healthy and grow them large.

    I get it, but here's what I need info on:

    1.- Won't these frequent water changes (we'll say 50% every other day or so) affect my bacteria colony?
    2.- Won't this constant screwing around with the tank stress the fish?

    If I have to do the work, I will do the work. I'm just concerned about the mechanics.

    Expert advise on the above points would be greatly appreciated.

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    I don't have discus, but I can tell you frequent water changes don't affect BB in the water column, most of your BB (beneficial bacteria) grow on hard surfaces...and in my experience, most fish grow used to WC's pretty quickly

    I am sure some discus experts will chime in in a bit
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    Discus can be very sensitive to water conditions but, they handle water changes pretty well. Look at this video and see what at least some of them go through before they are in our tanks.

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    Thanks guys! that puts me at ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dborregoa View Post
    So, I decided to go bare bottom in a 125 gallon tank with some wood. I decided to bite the bullet and do all the extra work discus require.

    I am having trouble wrapping my head around one thing, the frequency of the water changes. See, there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet: some people to 50%+ every day, some people every other, some people 25% every day, etc.... From what I've read, juvenile discus need meatier foods more often than adults, hence the frequent water changes.

    I want to keep the fish healthy and grow them large.

    I get it, but here's what I need info on:

    1.- Won't these frequent water changes (we'll say 50% every other day or so) affect my bacteria colony?

    Like mentioned earlier BB exists in places like your filter media not in your water column

    2.- Won't this constant screwing around with the tank stress the fish?

    Discus definitely become used to very frequent water changes, mine usually swarm the python tube and I have to literally move them out of the way. If you have juvenile discus you will have to feed them several times a day and change a minimum of 50% daily to keep your nitrates below 10ppm. With adult discus feed 2-3 times a day and perform water changes dependant on the nitrates. I have a 135 gallon with a 40 gallon sump and change 50%+ every other day with six 5" discus (soon to increase to eleven discus) so I may have to up the water changes.

    I do have a 1-1/2" sand substrate with manzanita and some plants attached and a few planted, wanted to start bare bottom but it took 6 people to lift the tank so painting the bottom went out the window :(

    If I have to do the work, I will do the work. I'm just concerned about the mechanics.

    Expert advise on the above points would be greatly appreciated.
    Good luck with your adventure into discus and don't be afraid to ask any questions!
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