03-03-2012, 04:19 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Avondale, AZ
Originally Posted by discuspaul
Very well said, Daximus - btw, I miss your previous avatar - thought it was great.
To add to what Daximus said, I would get no less than 3.5" to 4" discus to begin with, or larger if the budget allows, of the best quality I could find, from an experienced reputable source for supplying good quality, healthy, well-shaped discus.
Then maintain as large & frequent WCs as you can muster, e.g. no less than 2 or 3 X weekly @ 50% or more, coupled up with a good subtrate vac, tank wipe-down, and general tank cleansing routine with each wc, with particular attention to the filtration media rinsing/replacing & filter cleaning & maintenance.
I would recommend using filter floss in your filter(s), along with fine mesh pre-filters on the filter intake tubes. Regular plant trimming & pruning wouldn't hurt, and moderate dosings weekly with just enough ferts of your choice to keep the plants happy.
Feed a varied diet several times a day, small amounts each time, just what the fish can consume in about 2-3 minutes.
That's about all I can think of just now.
Hope it helps you.
Where could I find the fine mesh prefilter you are suggesting for the intake of the filter ?
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