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Keeping Discus Fish
Discus fish has been my favorite type of aquarium fish since I ve seen them for the first time. But they are really hard to keep. You need to spend time and money if you want to maintain a Discus fish aquarium at home. This lens is for those who are fascinated by this beautiful fish and willing to spend time and money to keep them.
They have not just pretty colors but also very smart fish. Discus fish are shy naturally but if you train them properly you will have a fish tank which spellbound every person who come to your house. You have to treat them well and pay attention and in return you will have the most beautiful aquarium fish in the world. If not they will be sad and moody and they will look dark and ill.
Discus FIsh Aquariums
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Origin of Discus Fish
There are 3 species of Discus fish in wild, the common discus, the Heckel discus, Symphysodon tarzoo. All these 3 species are from South America .They inhabit margins of floodplain lakes and rivers in the Amazon but in 3 different countries, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
Wild Discus are seldom can be found in Aquarium shop and also very hard to keep in domestic tanks. You must have years of experience keeping Discus fish before trying Wild Discus fish.
These days almost all Discus fish you see in pet shops are hybrids which are select bred for generations. Wild Discus do not have all those flashy colors and spots.
Buying Discus FIsh
You need to be ultra careful when you buy discus fish. These guys are not like other fish. You must make sure have are going to buy healthy fish. There are couple of things you can check.
- Make sure Discus fish are active. Never buy those un-moving fish which stay back of the tank
- Don't buy if they look dark. most of the time it means they are depressed
- Buy Juveniles. If you are new to Discus fish then its better than buying Adult Discus
- Buy from Discus Breeder rather than Pet shops
- Check their alertness and responsiveness.
One of the most troublesome things about keeping Discus fish is they need very frequent water changes. If you need your baby Discus fish to grow fast and healthy then you need to do a 50% water change everyday ! Some Discus breeders do 2 water changes a day. It sounds crazy and I have no idea the reason for this but this is something you must do to keep them happy and healthy. This is why its better keep them in bare bottom tanks. Easy to do water changes and clean ups. Their growth stop after 2 years and they become adults. after that you can stop daily water changes but still you need to change at least 25% of water in every 2 - 3 days.
Wild Discus Fish
There are 4 types of Discus fish live in wild but only in South America. These wild Discus fish are known as Heckel Discus, Green Discus, Brown Discus and Blue Discus. They are rare and expensive Discus fish only expericed discus fish keeper can keep. All other beautiful Discus fish types are hybrids of these 4 wild Discus fish types.
Jutai Green Full Red Spotted Discus fish (Wild Discus Fish)
This is Symphysodon tarzoo or Jutai Green Full Red Spotted Discus fish. A Wild Discus fisn type found in the western Amazonian region.