Dear friend,That is a very nice looking tank! I used to have discus but had to get rid of them during my move ~5yrs ago. I am seriously considering them again, but would like to try and get them in a planted tank, so can I get some numbers/stats from you?
What is your:
What is your substrate, lighting (watts), do you use CO2...if so, how do you buffer it to keep the kH/GH low so that your pH does not spike and dip? Do you use RO or dionized water or just tap?
What other fish do you have? I think I noticed some cardinals, black neons, and algae eaters...
Do you use any plant supplements like Flourish, Excel, or any Discus supplements like Discus buffer or Amazon "peat". What do you typically feed them?
Thank you,I wish discus weren't so expensive....... very beautiful!
He he,this is really good luck.I hope the poor guy wasn't fired after that!I once found 2 Discus in a Walmart. They did not have a price tag for it an the guy working there thought it was a pacu and sold them to me for ~$4 each! Never seen one there since.
i remember one time whene we got a grouper worth $69.99 for $6.99 at petco, as well as a puffer worth $39.99 for $8.99!He he,this is really good luck.I hope the poor guy wasn't fired after that!
Yes it is true that some times such mistakes happen so keep an eye for good prices and "mistakes"! I have bought a couple of times fish at incredibly low prices because they didn't know what they sold.I think this is a bit of justice since we usually buy fish and aquarium products at incredibly high prices.
It's great to read of someone else keeping discus this way!Dear friend,
When I started with discus fish I had all sorts of advice about softening the water and using a number of gadgets to monitor everything or sterilize the water etc.
After three years with my new discus fish I can say that I have these results only with tap water.
These dicsus fish are hybrids and they don't need soft water like the wild discus or when you want to reproduce them which calls for different approaches.
Soft water didn't help my young discus fish to grow well and the same problem had a friend of mine who used to change the water of his tank with R.O.
My tap water has a Ph around 7 and the Gh,Kh are not of the lowest.
The same goes with my gravel an plants.The simpler the better.You can have a look at my threads here and see the advice I gave to a lady asking about the substrate she was going to use.
I usually feed them Tetra bits,some red mosquito larvae (frozen and sterilized) and flakes.
Whenever you feel like I will be happy to answer your questions in more detail or discuss anything you are interested in.