Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Centurion, South Africa
To answer questions one at a time and give you something to really think about regarding a planted tank.
My param are as follows with injected CO2 my Ph goes down to about 7. Kh is around 13, temp 28C Gh I don't know, keep Nitrates at around 5ppm (have to add it to get it there).
I feed flake, pellets, live food and prepared foods. No beef heart as there is no cichlid that I know of in the wild that has access to cows! I watch the fish carefully when they eat and always feed in one part of the tank. I have kuhli loaches in there, about 20 of them. They make sure the bottom stays clean.
Shrimp are hard to come by here but the ones I have tried were eaten. My discus are BIG.
Now for water quality. I have done a lot of experimentation. Running a bare tank with the best filters I can buy and my planted. Feeding the bare tank less, changing water more and having less Discus in the tank, the planted out performed the bare tank in every single parameter denoting cleanliness!!
There is no better filter than a well growing planted - None end of story. If you want Discus that are healthy and well socialised, put them in a planted. I have friends that breed Discus in the bare tanks and their water quality with 50% changes twice a week don't come near mine!! There is no better filter than a well growing planted!
Plant tanks are quite new and Discus breeders set in their ways! I tell you that when plant tanks become more mainstream you will see more and more Discus keepers go that route. The water quality is awesome and the fish are HAPPY.
There is no sight more beautiful than a well planted Discus tank!! Believe that!
Sorry for the long post!!