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    Default Are discus Really that difficult to keep ?

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    I was watching this video on YouTube and this man who sells and raises discus made a really good point on discus being difficult. He said that the only reason people claim discus are so hard to keep is because of their price. If discus weren't as expensive as they are they wouldn't get as many complaints for care. Then he went on to make a another good point he said people kill neon tetras every day but nobody complains about them being hard to care for because of how cheap they are. So that kinda makes me wonder are they really that difficult?

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    I would tell you we are heavy in discus-sion about this here:

    I have kept and bred discus for years and they are less fragile than blue rams... Also look for KevinVa's journal and on the last few pages there is his notes from yesterdays speach he attended from Discus Hans.

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    It's not that they're difficult but like any species they have certain requirements to thrive not just survive. Lots of clean warm water, stable ph, quality food. Many people buy juveniles because they're cheaper but they're more difficult to raise as they need multiple feedings per day and to keep nitrates below 10 ppm that means daily large water changes. You should value your fish equally whether it costs $2.00 or $200.00 and give all the care they need to thrive.

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    As Sandz and Judi have mentioned above, and quite honestly in my long experience, discus are really a snap to keep, so long as you get reasonably good-sized fish to begin with (4" or larger is best, since they will have been grown out healthily, to a decent shape, and will have a well-developed immune system); obtain them from a known fully reliable supplier of quality discus; and give them lots of fresh clean water changes and a nourishing diet.

    It may help you to go through my 6 Cardinal Rules for Discus Newbies to Follow, to ensure success at keeping discus. It's a Sticky located here in the Discus section.
    If you should decide to give it a go, best of luck to you, and don't hesitate to PM me anytime if I can be of any help whatsoever along the way.

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    Discus are doable if you're ready to take them seriously. No cutting corners like tanks that arre too small, incompatible tank mates or poor quality tap water.

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    great advice above. I would re-iterate the frequent water changes and good foods. aside from their price, they will require lots of water changes and nutrition.
    your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!

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    This is a great thread with great replies - and all true. I have recently become the proud owner of 5 healthy 4 inchers in my 55 gallon long. They are unbelievably rewarding fish to raise and as long as you do your research you will do fine. They are picky with water conditions (a simple pH swing from a water change can really freak them out).

    I'm happy to see an optimistic atmosphere here regarding discus. If you were to ask the same question on the Simply Discus forums you'd probably be met with "if you're asking, you shouldn't be owning" and "omg your discus skills suck, do 80% water changes every day" blah blah... ignore all this - just use common sense, read the stickies, and especially read the discus "care guides" which can be found online.

    I keep a strictly South American tank. Consider grabbing a few low maintenance bottom feeders- this will help gobble up the uneaten food left over from feeding the discus (I went with Sterba's Corys and Zebra Plecos). My tank has become absolutely hilarious to watch with all of the fish activity and during feeding time it's complete entertainment. Everyone gets along well and fish are healthy.

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    I have kept discus for about 3 years now and have been breeding for almost 1 year. I work at a privately owned LFS, and have had the opportunity to speak with many people who have been keeping and breeding for 20+ years. From what I gather, when discus first got introduced to the trade, they were more difficult to keep because everyone insisted that natural water parameters had to be recreated and maintained in the aquarium, all the way down to the tannin-dyed water color in order for them to survive and thrive. Now it seems that through captive breeding in "city water", their care is much more relaxed as they have adapted to more urban water sources. When I first got my discus, I was doing 50% water changes everyday or every other day. Now, I notice that I can get away with 25-50% weekly water changes, just as I do on any of my other tanks, and the fish do not show signs of stress or discomfort. In my opinion, they are definitely not as hard to keep as they used to be, or even as hard as most suggest, but I still definitely do not recommend them for the beginner or the hobbyist looking for an "easy" fish. They are not called the "King of Aquarium Fish" for no reason; they are still a fish that demands respect.
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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    I was thinking of keeping discus in my aquarium. Wondering what size aquarium should I use. Keep in mind that if I do this I would not keep more than 4 or 6 discus no more. There are many different color and species, can you suggest one or two I could start with?

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    I don't think are are any fish in the hobby (freshwater or saltwater) that are very difficult to keep if you do your research first
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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