Gill and Body Flukes

Start with a formalin bath to eliminate any gill or body flukes that the fish is likely to be carrying. You know the fish has gill flukes if it is breathing out of one gill and pumping hard with that side. The other gill is usually clamped shut. Body flukes feed on the skin of the fish and heavy infestations can be quite dangerous as there is a potential for bacterial infection. Therapeutic baths should never be done in an aquarium. That clean bucket you have been using to fill the aquarium...

Tank Maintenance

Discus thrive on clean water, but they don't appreciate large, intrusive water changes. To remove and replace 80 of the volume of the tank once a week will not make for happy discus. If possible, a drip system where the water is slowly returned to the tank over many hours is ideal. Lacking this, small, frequent water changes of 10 to 20 two or three times a week should keep your water quality very high. There are many variables involved here fish load in the tank, feeding habits, incoming water...

Starting With Discus

Are Amazonian fishes, inhabiting (he quiet blackwater rainforest tributaries of the Amazon River, the second longest river in the world. There, they keep close to the shoreline where the water is still. They hide among tangled roots and branches where they are relatively safe from predators and maintain distinct territories that they would never leave were it not for the fact that the annual rainy season floods their waters and shifts the in about a bit. Otherwise, the discus would probably...

Wildtype Discus

Hobby discus can be divided into two types. There are the wild-type discus and tank-bred varieties, or hybrids. Sometimes the wild-type are also wild-caught, but sometimes they are the offspring of pure wild stork that have not been crossed with other types of discus. There are currently two species of wild discus Symphysodon discus (Meckel), with the * subspecies d. discus (Meckel) and d. willischwartzi (pineapple), and Symphysodon aequifasciatus, with the subspecies a. aequifasciatus (green),...

Preparing For Discus37

The vertical is often a favorite spawning site in the discus community. A dark background will show your fish at their best. Black is very dramatic. Blues and reds are attractive at times, but discus seem to prefer green personal observation . Blue discus in a tank with a blue background can clash. The same goes for red fish against a red background. Use a little imagination. Printed backgrounds can be distracting. Some people like to use natural substances like cork tiles for the background. I...