Originally Posted by palacious_d
They are not difficult to keep, just a couple of 30% water changes a week and its enough. People don't realise that if you do many water changes (like daily) causes a huge amount of stress on discus, you could have perfect quality water but stressed fish. You need to be very careful, you may think that you are doing them a favour and your not. Test you water every other day if the nitrates are down why a water change.
Its also important to have some peat or almond leaves in ur tank all time as this will help in lowering the hardness and PH.
My Discus are European breed as I am from Europe, they high quality discus not show quality yet, but getting there.
Not only am I going to disagree, but I'm going to tell you that you're absolutely WRONG when it comes to your "theory" of water changes. While 30% may be okay for well established adults, young Discus need many WC
's and it in no way will stress them. After all, they live in FRESHWATER rivers that move. Not stagnant ponds. Preferably 2, 3, or even 4 times per day. This is the only way for them to reach their maximum potential of 6" and larger. If you ask any true Discus hobbyist, they will tell you the same thing. Yours appear to be in the 3.5" range and without good WC
's, DAILY, they will remain stunted and not capable of reaching their full potential.
In regards to almond leaves, there happen to be a few varieties of them that are absolutely POISONOUS to Discus. So make sure your suggestions to include these in a tank list the proper species of such.
Also, it really doesn't matter where you are from in regards to what "breed" of Discus you choose to keep. I'm in the USA and my fish come from Malaysia. Forrest ships them to Kenny, and Kenny ships them to me. Discus Hans sells Stendker lines. He imports them to the USA and sells them to many people.
I would suggest you do a bit more research in PROPER husbandry of Discus before you go passing around more bad info.