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!!!