Frequently Asked Questıons
No, European Discus Fish are often kept in water of 12 -15 deg GH & 7 Deg Kh with No problems, it is even good for young fish as it promotes growth as it provides minerals required for Discus fish Growth.
No, but they prefer acidic water for spawning.
You can use de-chlorinated tap water for keeping Discus fish but the use of RO & HMA water will give you more success as the heavy metals and contaminants will have been removed.
Small changes of 10% regularly (Every Day) is better than a 50% change once a week as the water parameters will remain more stable.
Yes, if stocking levels are lower than normal this is not a problem so long as the uneaten food is removed regularly or a clean up crew of Corys are used to eat the food round the plant bottoms.
Discus Fish much prefer temps of 29- 30 Deg C and may suffer long term at lower temps.
No, not at all but it is just easier for the fish keeper to keep the tank clean with bare bottoms at higher stock levels.
Mixing Discus Fish from Different suppliers.
It is not advised as cross contamination of different bacteria can occur with discus fish from Europe and Asia with plague / illness occurring. However with lots of experience it can be done.
Discus fish will spawn easily if healthy; the hard part comes in getting the eggs to hatch & rearing the fry.
Discus Fish as we humans prefer a variety of food, a mix of High protein foods such as Beefheart mix, ZM Discus, Tetra Prima, Freeze dried Tubifex, Earth worm flake are all great.
No not at all, but good filtration is essential. There are advantages however, lager water capacity, somewhere to place heaters, larger filter capacity.