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Cichlids - Discus Species
(Discus species)

Discus Species Discus Species > Quick Stats
Food: Some are very picky eaters, Try to feed the best foods, fortified flake foods, water insects, and brine shrimp.
Breeding: Breeding is difficult, but very rewarding.
Tank Conditions: Discus require soft water, use appropriate water conditioner, 80 F. to 84 F.

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Discus. Send any additional information or questions to Ask An Expert

Potential tank mates include small schooling fish such as characins. Adult Discus will eat small fish. The best cohabitants may be angelfish

Discus Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Discus Q/A

  1. Usually shy and peaceful, discus can become territorial during spawning.
  2. Fry feed on nutritious secretions produced from the parent's skin. The young can be seen grazing off their parents.
  3. Adult males may develop a small lump on their foreheads, this is normal.
  4. Discus are calm, timid fish who like to be kept in small groups of 6-8 fish.
  5. Discus are very sensitive to disease and poor water conditions.
  6. Discus are shy and peaceful aquarium fish.
  7. Discus prefer a densely planted tank.
  8. The popular nickname among aquarists is: the King.

Discus Species: DO'S - Discus Q/A

  1. Discus prefer large, roomy, tall tanks of at least 40" long, and 20" high.

Discus Species: DONT'S - Discus Q/A

  1. Don't put these fish in with aggressive fish.
  2. Make sure your water is conditioned properly, be careful.

 Discus Common Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Discus experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

The Essentials Related Web Links
Photo Image Gallery of Cichlids Photo Gallery of Cichlids
Cichlid Forum Discussion Cichlid Forum Discussion
External Web Resources
 http://www.cichlids.com/ - You won't need another source.
 http://www.cichlid-forum.com - Maybe this one.
 Cichlids - Central America @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - South America @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Malawi @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Tanganyika @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Victoria @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Other @ Aquabid.com

References/Further Reading

Axelrod, H. R. 1993 The Most Complete Colored Lexicon of Cichlids, Every Known Cichlid Illustrated in Color. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 863 pp., color illus.
Axelrod, H. R., and W. E. Burgess 1988 African Cichlids of Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. 12th edition. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 447 pp., illus., some color.
Brichard, P. 1989 Pierre Brichard's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Tanganyika. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 544 pp., color illus.
Fryer, G., and T.D. Iles 1972 The Cichlid Fishes of the Great Lakes of Africa: their biology and evolution. Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh. xvi, 611 ppp., illus, some color.
Konings, A. 1990 Ad Koning's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Malawi. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune, NJ. 495 pp.
Loisell, P.V. 1985 The Cichlid Aquarium. Tetra Press, Melle, W. Germany. 287 pp., color illus.
Loisell, P.V. 1988 A Fishkeeper's Guide to African Cichlids. Tetra, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., color illus.
Sands, D.D. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Central American Cichlids. Tetra Press, Morris Plains. 77 pp., color illus.
Sands, D.D. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to African & Asian Catfishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 77 pp., color illus.
Sands, D.D. 1988 A Fishkeeper's Guide to South American Catfishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color illus.

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