Discus Care Requires a few Extra Steps to Ensure Proper Water Quality
Many people will tell you that by keeping a discus aquarium you are
asking for trouble. That discus care is complicated and troublesome. This
could not be further from the truth! Discus care is not complicated nor is
it troublesome; it does however require some special attention.
With the proper discus care, your fish will be able to thrive and provide
you with a lot of enjoyment. As with all species of fish, discus require
special care and they have unique needs making their care slightly more
involved than the care of other species.
Discus fish can be particular about their environment, especially their
water conditions. When you are setting up your discus aquarium be sure to
follow the appropriate guidelines for discus care and the aquarium water.
Discus require a pH level between 5 and 6.5 and a temperature between 82 and
Discus are not a difficult fish to raise, they do however require a little
extra attention when it comes to the water supply. Discus care does involve
periodic testing of your water. You will have to test the raw water to be
sure of its pH level, as well as if the water has any toxins in it. You may
have to adjust the water supply to the proper pH level, as well as removing
any chlorine, ammonia or other toxins.
It is also important to note with discus care, that these fish require a
soft water and can not be successfully adjusted to a hard water supply. The
best thing to do is to follow the proper steps and precautions to be sure
that you are not providing hard water in your discus aquarium.
Without the proper water conditions when you are providing discus care to
your aquarium, your fish may survive. However, improper water conditions
will stress the fish and they may not breed, and their life expectancy is
likely to be shortened.
With a few simple steps involving discus care you should be able to
provide an environment in your discus aquarium in which your fish will be
able to thrive.
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