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Discus fish are most beautiful tropical fish, but keeping them can be challenging. Their environment is extremely important. There are some tips you may follow to keep Discus happy and healthy.
Caring for Discus fish is to keep a clean tank. These fish are sensitive to disease and water conditions. Since Discus do not tolerate water quality.
Remember to quarantine new fish before placing them into your tank. A new fish could introduce bacteria, parasites, or disease into the tank. Keep the new fish in a separate tank for two to three weeks. If by the end of that time period they are not showing signs of ill health it is safe to place them in with your existing fish.
Regulate the temperature of the water. Discus are a tropical fish. They thrive in water temperatures at around 84 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a heater in your tank will keep the water in the perfect temperature range for your fish.
Understanding the kind of environment. The body of a Discus fish is perfectly designed for swimming through foliage. In the wild, Discus are often found hiding under logs, rocks, plants, or other sheltered spots. Supply plenty of places in your tank for Discus to hide.
Care for Discus is feeding them the right kinds of food. Discus love to dine on live foods like worms, bloodworms, daphnia, or brine shrimp. Unfortunately, sometimes these foods can carry bacteria and parasites so be careful.
Discus are a very reactive fish. They will react to your presence in the room, things on TV, or they even may tap on the glass at your approach before feeding time. Take notice of their feeding habits on a regular basis. If they are not eating, there is something wrong. Do not overfeed them. This can pollute the tank and overeating can cause the fish stress.
Discus is to supply your tank with a good filter. Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. An overhead filter is easy to clean and is good for a community tank. Use a filter that eliminates heavy metals and chlorine from the water but won’t change the pH level.
Place your tank in a good location. It should be in a quiet place without a lot of activity. Even shadows or vibrations caused by people walking past the tank or opening or closing doors nearby can make fish jumpy.
Positioning lights overhead will cut down the on the shadows that might frighten the fish. The fish feel more secure since you can see them but, they cannot see you.
Change the water weekly. They require at least twenty to thirty percent of the water in the tank changed, but you shouldn’t change a large amount of water from the tank at once because it will stress these fish out. Like mentioned before, the quality of the water is very important to Discus fish. Changing too much water at one time will fluctuate the quality too much.