DISCUS FYI

This page contains information to help you with your Discus keeping. Sections include Feeding, Water Parameters, and Overall Basics.
If you would like information on Acclimating your new fish, please click here.
If you would like information on suitable discus tank-mates, please click here.
This page will be expanding with new and more detailed information, so check back often, and as always if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Maybe we will even feature your question and answer it here on our FYI page.

Feeding Discus :

We Feed our Young Discus a variety of nutritional foods, which are available to you for purchase in our Fish Food & Feeders area. Live white worms are fed three times a weeks only, due to the high fat content, but they are a necessity in the Young Discus diet. Beef heart mix is also very important, and we have been making our own for years. We also now offer Red color enhancing Beef heart mix and Yellow color enhancing beef heart mix as well.

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Hikari frozen blood worms, are another delicacy we feed to our Discus, they absolutely love them but can cause constipation if fed too oftenso, feed them only as a treat twice per week at the most.
Freeze dried Tubifex worms are fed often, they are clean, rich in crude protein (more then 50%) and you can stick them on to the glass, and watch your Discus feast on them, I still smile at the site of our baby Discus, indulging in this delicacy. Then we also offer, Nutri-bits, Tetra bits, high protein flake foods, Brine Shrimps and SERA color inhancing pellets. Please check our Fish Food & Feeders for all these items on sale.

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Our adult Discus are fed once or twice a day with an assorted selection of food listed above, the young adult are fed three times a day and the juveniles up to 5 times a day. Discus needs a lot of food to reach full growth, but remember to clean the left over after 15 minutes and keep up with water changes, this way you will avoid health problems in the future.

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Click To See Our Water Test Kits

Click To See Our Probes and Calibrating Solutions.

Water Parameters :

Discus will require a little more time and effort than a regular tropical fish however,  its beauty and behavior will conquer your heart and you will do anything to make them happy.

We cannot emphasize enough on how important water quality is, in our hatcheries 75% of water is replaced daily through a drip system, all tank bottoms are siphoned twice a day and more aged water of same temperature is added. Water for growing tanks is kept at 88* , PH between 6.9 and 7.2, hardness between 200 and 350 PPM. Within these parameters and proper feeding, you’ll see your Discus reach full size very quickly.

All Discus though, will thrive in a much wider range of water parameters, as long as the changes are not done suddenly they will adjust to ranges of PH, from 6.0 to 7.6, and hardness, from 50 to 350 PPM.

Overall Basics :

Because the average hobbyists cannot dedicate so much time to their aquariums, a good biological filter, and a minimum of 30% water change weekly is recommended and will suffice. One hour a week, will go a long way on making your fish happy and healthy, but it will be your dedication that will make the difference in your success.

With planted Discus aquariums, we recommend the same procedure, with a PH lower then 7.0, hardness lower than 150 PPM. and temperatures between 81* and 85*. With good dedication and a little luck, your beautiful Discus will pair up, and start spawning away, the rest is up to you. Absolutely fascinating. If you think that you got the Discus Bug, please check out all our pages with so much more to read and learn.

–Mathias Scaglia