Thanks for the info. I understand what you are saying about replenishing minerals. KH
, etc with water changes and am perfectly willing to perform needed water changes to ensure that the discus get everything they need. The confusion I continue to have is what is considered an acceptable nitrate reading for discus. Right now I have 2 tanks that I see around 30 ppm
nitrates after a week. The info I've found concerning discus seems to indicate that those levels would be too high. If I understand what you are saying, those people that say 30 ppm
of nitrates is too high for discus are using their nitrate levels as an indicator of other issues and nitrates in and of themselves are not the culprit for poor discus health. If that's the case what are the other water quality issues that correlate to nitrate levels that are dangerous to discus.
Also, with respect to distilled water, my understanding is that because it lacks the buffers that lead to high GH
readings, that using it especially in a mixture could lead to pH swings. From what I've read and learned, pH swings are more dangerous than having a fish acclimate to "foreign" pH levels. Please note that I'm sincere in my questions and that I'm looking to gain good knowledge prior to keeping what I consider to be a beautiful breed of fish. Any and all info will be greatly appreciated. Finally, I willingly acknowledge that I could be wrong in some of my assumptions. So don't worry about offending me if you feel the need to correct any errors on my part.