Discus Tanks And Aquarium
Discus fish belongs to a unique category of fishes so keeping them as pet, will not be easy as these are one of the most demanding fish species. They are one of those shy breeds which does a lot of hide and seek in the vegetation in their natural habitats, the fresh water rivers, so if they are in their aquarium they will look for similar frolic with a lot of space and underwater plants for their up-down direction movements.
The ideal size should be a minimum 4x2x2 feet or a tank with at least 50 gallons of water. Before adding fish to the tank, make sure you are done prepared it with following ways.
Plants and other stuff
Discus fish tanks must imitate their natural home with plants and vegetation since they are very fussy about where they are living but excess of pebbles, rocks or plants should be avoided at the same time, to give them a breathing space.
The fluorescent lights hung above the water tank keep them happy and boost the appearance of these naturally strikingly water-beauties.
PH level of water:
Soft water is the basic requirement in aquarium because hard water makes egg shells hard and when the fry is ready to hatch, it will not be able to break it, and so may die in the process. If the water you are getting is not suitable for the Discus fish, its PH level can be maintained by adding RO water or de-ionized water until the PH level becomes stable.
A plethora of aquarium filters are available commercially, to choose from, but the question is whether, they are suitable for the needs of a Discus aquarium? Correct configuration of these filters is another key aspect to look into. Primarily, the aquarium filters can be classified as mechanical, chemical and biological ones based on the functionality of the filters.
The mechanical filters use a pad system to collect debris which needs to be rinsed periodically and chemical filters use chemicals to attract and remove impurities from water but again these chemicals become unsteady after some time and release the impurities back into the water, making it polluted. The third categories of filters, biological filters are the most effective ones for discus fish aquariums.
A high absorbent filter needs a proper configuration before setting it up in aquarium, as an effective debris filter. This filter allows inhabitation of nitrifying bacteria to get rid of toxins and debris collected after the fish leaves some uneaten food and its excreta in water. So if you are using a sponge filter, it should do these two things:
- Filter contains Bio-media
- Filter must be able to oxygenate the aquarium water.