Ideal tank water condition for discus fish

October 29, 2009

Before we move deeper into finding an answer to this question, let us understand one important fact. Discus fish actually originated from the Amazon River in South America where it is close to brackish water. The water condition located at this region is generally hard water and is slightly acidic in pH due to presence of humic acid. And because the river is located at tropical area, you would expect the water temperature to be slightly higher than normal which should be around 26 to 30 degree Celsius.

If you intend to successfully breed your discus, first let’s take a look on how to prepare the right living condition for your pets. Other than good water quality, which will avoid unnecessary stress level, it is best that the water quality should be as close as possible to what we have mentioned earlier. What I would recommend is that try to create the same natural environment similar like in the wild and your fish is bound to love it. Try to decorate and plant as many different tropical plants as possible so that not only the water is fresh and rich in oxygen but also your discus will also find a lot of hiding places to make them feel secure.

In order to create a slightly acidic environment, try to avoid having leftover foods in the tank that will cause the pH level to increase. Make sure that there are no dead leaves or fish, which can cause huge amount of ammonia buildup and thus cause the water to be alkaline. If possible, try to conduct water changes at least once every 3 days depending on overall tank cleanliness and if you have water filter that takes care of the filtration, that would be the best. If everything fails, what you can do is to buy some of the liquid pH adjuster and follow the recommendations on how to shift the pH suitable for your discus fish to live in.

For the temperature control, this can prove to be even easier because what you need is actually an aquarium heater. Make sure that water temperature does not change too rapidly or else the fish will be subjected to unnecessary stress. As an owner who wants to see the fish getting the best tank water condition, be prepared to spend on the equipment and put in the hours to look after them.


Discus preferring hard or soft water?

October 27, 2009

It’s a question that still remains unanswered as to whether discus fish prefer hard or soft water. Some breeder actually recommends soft water but there are advocates that insist that hard water is still the best. Let’s look at some examples given below based on my own experience.

Depending on which supplier the discus fish is obtained from and raised, check with the breeder to find out this important information. If you are getting from third party supplier and thus unable to directly contact the fish owner, then you can even conduct your own water hardness test using available test kits which you can easily buy from pet shops. Checking out this information is actually proves to be advantageous because if you know whether the discus is raised in hard or soft water, it will save the trouble for your pet to get acclimatize to new water all over again. If it’s moving from soft water to hard water, definitely your fish will feel the stress of changing to the new water environment.

The decision on whether to prepare your water in hard or soft water also depends on the age factor. Based on my own experience, young discus generally prefer hard water where it contains all the necessary ion and materials needed for growth and development. In the setup, they should grow faster compared to young discus fish raised in soft water. pH should also be monitored close to neutral region so that the fish will not be subjected to stress that will hinder their development. Be forewarned that young discus during this period has to be properly nurtured in order to satisfy every needs because once they miss the growing period, they will never get any larger anymore.

For adult discus, it is best that they should be kept in soft water instead. This is important during the time whereby breeding activity is expected and with soft water, this will stimulate the fish to spawn. Find out the hardness level, which is suitable for your discus fish and if determined that the water is too hard, adjust it to become softer by mixing RO water or you can use peat instead.

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