Discus are the best, that’s why they are called “The King” of the tropical fish hobby. Keeping Discus to many is a sign of achieving a senior level of hobbyist status. Don’t get caught up in this false idea though. Anyone can keep Discus healthy and most importantly, ALIVE even if you are a beginner.
Below we are going to get a few myths and half truths out of the way. Those who have never kept Discus or tried and failed do to lack of patience or preparedness are largely at fault for spreading rumors. Discus are by no means weak fish and do not die easily at all. In fact they live a very long and healthy life if a few things are considered and taken care of up front.
Time Is Required
Discus require time, not entire days of dedication, but like a dog or cat will require some planning for daily care. At the most you are looking at thirty minutes to an hour a day that you will spend depending on the routines you wish to carry out.
You do not need special equipment or setups to keep Discus, period, end of story. If you are currently keeping Tropical Fish you have all you need to keep Discus healthy and thriving. If you have the following you are set:
– A tank
– A filter
– A heater
This by far is the craziest of myths. When I first started people disputed water facts at levels that required a degree in chemistry. Here is the deal, if you have the cash and can setup a cool Reverse Osmosis system for your Discus, good for you. For those who are just starting out a simple test kit and a local water store is all you need.
Water stores have HUGE reverse osmosis filtration and they sell water super cheap. If you cannot afford your own RO system, leverage the local water store to provide you with super clean water that is safe and good enough to drink!
Good Discus Stock
Unless you have some serious coin to drop on importing some super grade A+++ Discus, your local fish store or classifieds are going to be your best friend. Even online ordering can be great if you feel comfortable with the breeder.
When starting out, nothing beats visiting the place you are buying from. So much can be learned about the health of the Discus by the environment they are kept and the food that they are fed.
For example if you are tripping over dust covered tanks that are setup row after row you probably are not getting the healthiest Discus. If you are buying who keeps their fish in mucky dirty water and feeds nothing but flake, you are probably not getting the best Discus. And so on and so on, you will learn on your own how to pick out the winners.
A Great Discus Network
Last but certainly not least you need a great network of Discus hobbyist who are cool people. Because this is a great hobby it attracts people from all walks of life. If you have had a bad experience with a snobby hobbyist, brush it off. I have found that there are about three or four really snobby hobbyist and they try to ruin it for everyone else. 99.9% of all Discus hobbyist are cool people who are willing to share their experiences and offer up so great tips.
Questions For You!
Are You Ready For Discus?
What questions do you have about Discus?
What myths have you heard about Discus that keep you from starting in the hobby?