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Old 10-02-2016, 04:09 PM   #1
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Discus in Community Tank?

Does anyone have an opinion about putting a discus in a well established community tank? I think the only fish that there would be a problem with, is an adult angel.
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:56 PM   #2
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When getting into discus, you're entering a whole new ball game, they have to have pristine water, meaning like every other day water changes, 2 Heaters so there's not a water temp difference , they ate a warm water fish like 84-87į, great filtration , no ph drops/raises, they are supposed to be in groups of 5+, minimum tank size is 55 gallon, they are very hard to take care of, plus they are slow eaters, if your other fish eat fast the discuss will starve.
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Second everything that potluck has said. I'd recommend a species only tank for discus.


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I'm going to go against the grain and this is an exception... I have a discus in tank with an angel, couple of rams, a severum and a blue acara.
Perhaps not the ideal situation for a discus but all is well in that tank and peaceful. I think what helps the discus is that he is a bully! Again the exception but has worked for me. BTW it's going on 4 years.
However, for discus to thrive I do agree they should be kept by themselves with pristine water condition.

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Definitely an exception. I would say while they may survive, they're much happier in schools of 5 or more. That said, the discus in gilpis tank may be the king of that jungle and is leading a perfectly happy life.


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Thank you for your comments. I have always had good luck with GBRs and currently have 6 in a 36 gal tank, which has never been advised. I do have 2 heaters, a very large canister filter, and my parameters are perfect. I guess exceptions to all rules exist, but I will certainly listen to your advice.
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One of my very favorite types of fish, Discus.

What size tank are you thinking of?
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I have a 36 gal planted. I have an angel, a SAE, GBRs and small dither fish (neons, cherry barbs). I think that my total stock number is at 23 or 24. It's a very peaceful tank.
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Discus get too large for a tank that small. If you want to go that route, get a much larger tank.
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Adult Discus are way less picky about water conditions. I've talked to several owners and they do weekly water changes . It's the juvies that need daily water changes.



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