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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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planted tanks and discus

Again, conflicting information everywhere...what successes or failures have you had with discus in planted tanks?
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I was considering doing the same thing, but not sure. I read that discus need prestine water conditions, and daily water changes are recommended.
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There is no question that generally speaking, discus will do better in a bare-bottom tank - they will likely grow more quickly, and more readily achieve their best growth potential in terms of size. A BB tank will permit more pristine tank cleansing and therefore allow maintenance of higher quality water conditions.
A planted tank will more than likely result in slower growth of the fish and a larger ratio of less than optimum-sized fish.

Having said that, there is nothing wrong with keeping discus in a planted environment - it just takes more care and attention in maintaining good water quality and a very clean tank environment. One simply needs to give the fish ample swimming room, in a just lightly to medium-planted set-up, to permit effective waste clean up of the substrate.
It also requires regular, large water changes, and careful attention to maintaining a relatively low bio-load of stock vs. tank size, more so than in a BB tank, along with ample filtration.
I've kept discus in several planted tanks over the past 5 years or so, with very satisfactory results - but I recognize that it takes more work to keep tank conditions squeaky clean - which I have been prepared to do.
Hope this helps.
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