Discus Classification - North American Discus Association

The Discus fish is one of the more difficult tropical fish to keep and it is not recommended for beginners. This fish requires 50 gallons aquarium with good water movement along with strong and efficient filtration. Carbon filtration can help maintain water quality. Discus fish prefers excellent water conditions with warm, soft and slightly acidic water. The tank should have an open area for swimming with some aquatic plants like the Dwarf Lily Bulbs, Water Onions, Ozelot Swords, Rangeri Swords and fern and moss type plants like the Java Fern and Subulata. It is a schooling fish and should be kept in groups of around 6 individuals or more. Suitable tank mates include Characin species like the Cardinal Tetra, Neon Tetra, Rummynose Tetra, Glowlight Tetra, Emperor Tetra or Congo Tetra. It should not be kept with Angelfishes and Corydoras Catfish. Discus fish is very sensitive to water fluctuations and at least 25 % tank water should be changed every week to make the tank environment healthy.

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Discus young feed at first on the mucus secreted by their parents. (The ceramic object behind the fish in the foreground is a type of breeding cone.)

Discus Fish Types - Discus Fish Types

Types of Discus Fish | Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Since they are , discus will generally eat all kinds of live food and need to be offered a variety. Other good foods include frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms, and some will enjoy whiteworms. Tank bred discus are also usually willing to accept food in a flake or pelleted form. In addition, some discus will even enjoy eating a small amount of vegetable based foods such as spirulina, lettuce, or blanched cucumber. Give these foods a try and if you find that your discus likes them, be sure to supplement their diet with them on occasion. You will see many references online which recommend feeding your discus beef hearts; however, you should be careful to not overfeed on warm-blooded animal meat. Beef heart and poultry products can be wonderful supplements to your fishes' diet, but they contain certain fats and types of proteins that can cause blockages in their digestive system. So although they can be good foods for a treat, do not routinely feed them.

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As with the other discus, the Heckel Discus is a demanding and extremely difficult fish to keep and should only be kept by experienced aquarists. One of the most difficult aspects of keeping discus fish is the process of acclimating them to their new tank, especially if the particular fish is either a juvenile or an older adult. Because of this difficulty, most aquarists prefer to purchase and transer medium sized and aged discus, as they are hardier and more likely to survive the process. Keep in mind these fish become fairly large (about 8 inches or 20 cm in length) and with adult fish being difficult to move. make sure once they reach around 3 inches or so that they are in a forever type tank and will not need to be transferred to a new tank.

Some of the most popular types of discus are as follows: ..