This is my first attempt with discus, had them for about 4 months now the tank i have had has been running as a community tank for about 9 months or so
managed to get the discus for a very good price as the previous owner was shutting the tank down
so here are the dimensions of the tank
Here is the tank back when it was just a community tank
5 discus about 3-4"
2 blue turquoise discus
1 yellow discus
2 orange discus
7 or 8 Rummy Nose Tetras
5 red eyed Tetras
a few harlequin Tetras
5 penguin Tetras
1 guppy! remains of community tank
2 plecs (not for long as I will be re-homing)
6/7 Corydoras - not sure of the types but I think Bronze and a nice spotty one
2 Nerite Snail
1 Elephant nose snail
a load of Malaysian Trumpet Snails
a bunch of Ramshorn snails
not really sure what plants I have I'm sure someone can help me ID them I think they are Amazon Swords and another Sword?
Equipment+ maintenance + Decor
Water produced by my 50gph R/O filter
100 Litre waterbutt
Tank as above ...
1000lph all pond sollutions external filter with spray bar and skimmer
GLO twin t5 unit with 2x25 watt bulbs 8 hours + JBL ferrapol 5ml per week/water change
medium sized LED strip colour changing with remote (normally on green/blue)
Black sand (can't remember the brand but was a 25kg sack)
2 large Redmoor Roots
2 PVC Tube/Caves
TDS Meter from Ebay
PH meter from Ebay - needs new battery and calibrating though
JBL Combiset test kit
I do a 10% water change once a week sometimes 2 times if needed
after some reading on here I was fed up with using a small pump to fill the tank slowly after changes so I got a 3 way flow valve and put in on the intake of the filter tube and when i do a change i just flick the valve to the 25 litre container thats filled from the water butt and it fills my tank nice and slow through the spray bar
When I first got this tank it had guppies neons tetras etc the usual community tank
adopted a Beta that someone was getting rid of and never really had much of a plan for the tank kept swapping the types of fish I would keep and it was never too stable
Heard of the Discus tank being shutdown and had seen them in the house before and always liked them so was offered them really cheap
along with the 5 discus I was also given a load of plants the rummy noses the red eyed tetras the cories and also a peacock eel...(lasted about 3 months until my holiday..)
started by doing a large water change in my tank with RO from a garden centre not too far from me with an aquatic section with the aim to slowly acclimatise my current fish to the softer water.
picked up the fish and drip acclimatised them in cool-boxes for around 1/2 hours plonked them in and all good!
a bit shy to star with spent a lot of time hiding but eventually came out
Started to feed on Blood worm (defrosted in tank water)
discus mix (frozen again defrosted in tank water)
frozen brine shrimp defrosted
NT Labs tropical pellets
I was worried about over feeding them and water quality so I began to feed them every 2 days usually
got some freeze dried Tubiflex worms which proved to be very popular!
Got really fed up with driving out to get RO water once a week
I was taking 2 25 litre containers and this only cost me £4 but it was hassle
so got hold of a cheap RO unit on ebay for around £40 and a TDS Pen for around £8
RO tends to come out with a TDS of around 004ppm and a PH of 6.5 which is good seeing as i live in an area that has tap water like liquid rock... not great for discus!
I remineralize with a mineral powder ( can't remember brand) in the 100 litre water but and aim for a TDS of around 150
since starting this I must have forgotten the TDS aimed for as it was around 250 on my last test so I have since started to work it down again
MY FIRST DISCUS DEATH!!
all was good I don't think I had so much as a tetra die in the last 4 months until last month I went on holiday for 2 weeks!
left my mum a pill box with 2 weeks of food all set out... Since starting I have learned that Discus require little and often so while I was away 1 small meal per day seemed a good idea seeing as I would not be able to have a water change.
while I was away 1 of the blue turquoise discus died!
tested the water and all was good so unsure of cause of death I would imagine it to be water condition though or an illness that went unnoticed while away
Whilst at a garden centre I realised they did discus
I was looking to get a pigeon blood discus
they had 1 pigeon blood left 3-4" £37 not a bad price! it had quite bad peppering though
and they had another blue turquoise 3-4" £37 also although the quality of this was far better then its replacement a much nicer colour and a red streak on the fins
I went for the Blue turquoise and glad i made the choice it is a very nice fish although even 3 weeks later its still very shy
after a lot more reading!
So I did what I thought was a lot of reading before taking these discus on but I have learned lots more since getting them
I am now feeding them every day and some days a small meal of pellets in the morning or prima or flake and I have picked up some hikari discus food they like too
then when im home from work they have 2 bloodworm cubes and 1 brine shrimp cube or 1 discus cube defrosted in tank water
I have now changed the plants to an easy to grow kind and with the new 25 watt bulb and 7ml of ferrapol per week seem to be doing really good and i have been able to take a cutting of the Java fern and create a new plant!
a first for me with plants - even if its not a big accomplishment!
The Tank now
not as much peppering on this one
my latest test (before the water change and last change was 1 week ago)
I still have some tanks in the garage so I would like to get them to breed but I don't know if male / female (help appreciated!)
I will keep a spreadsheet of params and update my chart
keep up with photos and updates on here
when possible upgrade to a much larger tank ( this currently is in my bedroom)