As a Discus Breeder, you will be rewarded over and Over again
Are you looking for something more out of your aquarium? Perhaps you have
been keeping fish for quite awhile and now you are looking to take it to the
next level. If you raise discus you can easily become a discus breeder by
taking a few proper steps and preparing correctly. As a discus breeder you
will not only create an enjoyable hobby but perhaps an extra income as well.
Discus breeding does not have to be difficult, in fact as a discus breeder
if you prepare correctly and take the proper steps you will soon be rewarded
with a number of discus fry.
The first thing that you have to know as a discus breeder is that discus
breed differently than many other fresh water fish. Many fresh water fish
that are readily bred in captivity are generally separated from their
parents shortly after the eggs hatch. Discus fish however cannot be
separated from the parent fish until they are a few weeks old. This was not
discovered until the late 1950’s, and therefore discus were not successfully
bred until the late 50’s despite many efforts.
The reason that discus young cannot be separated from the parent fish is
because the parent fish secrete a mucus substance on their scales after the
eggs are laid and fertilized. This mucus becomes the fry’s only source of
nourishment for the first few weeks of life. As a discus breeder you will
have to separate the fry from the parent fish after a few weeks once they
are sufficiently weaned from the parent fish.
A good food to wean discus fry on is fresh baby brine shrimp. As a discus
breeder you should have a large supply of fresh brine shrimp on hand. This
is an excellent food to wean the baby discus on because of the nourishment
that they provide. Fresh brine shrimp however is quite a bit better than
frozen or dried, as much of the vitamins are lost during the freezing and
Once you become a discus breeder you will find yourself rewarded by watching
the young discus grow and flourish. What an excellent way to share your love
of discus cichlids.
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