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To be honest I don't find them any more challenging than other fish I've kept.    In saying that I think the number 1 priority is water quality and filtration.   Let's face it discus aren't cheap so I think it's worth the money in the long run to get some decent filtration.   Regular water changes are a must!  Decent food and that's pretty much all I do.  

@raycam01_au I'm sure Ray and Sarah will agree.   Make sure you buy from a reputable source.    Buying good quality discus puts you ahead from the start!

Cheers,
Jason

 

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Iv kept wild caught tangs an had to keep their water top quality so it’s nothing new to me just always heard discus can be tricky but never really looked into them. 

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As you know my background is tangs all the way ;)

As I said water quality and purchasing decent stock......You'll have no trouble mate.  

Cheers,
Jason

 

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filtration / is it best to use a sump or cf

water/ use rainwater or town water

what other fish can you put in with them

substrate / sand , stones , or b/b

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sump

water ph of anywhere from 5.5-7.5 is adequate but must be stable, we use 100% aged rainwater (IBC) and its perfect, if its not aged it tends to crash

We have large Buenos aires tetras, and cory's and assorted catties,

we use sand substrate fine layer, some like bare bottom, but i dont like the look of bare, and we have heaps of wood java and aubias

water changes about 25% twice a week

temp 30deg

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I don't have any sumps on any of my tanks (would love them though).   I just use eheim or fluval canisters and use noodles, matrix and some different courses of filter pads.

I like keeping any of the peaceful south american cichlid species.   Geophagus brachybranchus ( @tdj5 these guys I got of you are now breeding like rabbits), Geophagus steindachneri and satanoperca leucosticta are three of my favourite (mainly because of availibility).   Any geophagus except brasiliensis would be fine.   The are a bit too robust for my liking when larger.   Any of the apistogramma species are great tank mates as well.

I also keep a mixture of L catfish mostly hypancistrus as they are meat eater and the higher protein discus diet they can handle.

Tetra's - cardinal's, rummy nose, bleeding hearts (congo tetras I've seen others with but have found them a bit too aggressive during feeding time and can spook the discus).   I've seen people use australian rainbows as tank mates for discus.   

Water - good question.... I think this is probably the topic that you could get multiple different answers from different people.     I'd do things differently depending on number of tanks with discus.   If I ever get into it more seriously I'd purchase an RO unit and use that.   Currently I have access to a 5000L rain water tank.   When doing water changes I do 50% tap/50% rain water as there have been times when the rain water tank is empty.   I find in these cases it's not such a big jump in water parameters than having 100% rainwater and then trying to do a water change without it.

I find bare bottom much easier!!   However, my wife likes plants and I like keeping geo's with them so I like using a coarser bedding/river sand from a landscape supplier.   Plants can grow and not too coarse for the geo's.

Best of luck they are beautiful fish.

 

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1 hour ago, tdj5 said:

@raycam01_au do you use a uv light or not  hope to pick up the new tank on the weekend

ello mate

UV waste of time and money, so no dont use one, we have a sexy fluval light, fully programmable, night day storm etc soft start soft turn down, moonlight for sexy time 

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