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06-08-2014, 07:34 PM #1
Are discus Really that difficult to keep ?
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?
06-08-2014, 08:07 PM #2
I would tell you we are heavy in discus-sion about this here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=117753
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.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
06-08-2014, 10:40 PM #3
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._______________________________________________
06-08-2014, 11:45 PM #4
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.
06-09-2014, 05:50 AM #5
06-11-2014, 07:27 AM #6
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.Thar she blows!!!
08-23-2014, 09:17 AM #7Junior Member Guppy
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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.