Keeping domestically bred Discus is simple, it really is!
There are four important elements that if you don't cut corners with will lead to a trouble free hobby.
1/ A fully mature biological filter.
2 / Buy genetically sound Discus from reputable dealers.
3/ Feed "wet" food.
4/ Clean water.
In this section we are going to deal with water, how to prepare it and when to change it.
Are you sitting comfortably because this may shock you, Stendker Discus are raised in and live in ...... Tap Water.
To keep Stendker Discus most of us in the UK will have the water we need straight out the tap, no need to soften it, no need to adjust the pH, just clean it up and use it. The fish are bred in soft-water, but raised in German tap water and have been so since 1966. You can of course if you live in a soft water area or want to use RO water also keep them in soft water. Stendker Discus will acclimatise to any ph between 5 and 8, 7 to 7.5 is perfect.
In the Stendker Hatchery the water they use has the following values, 15 dGh, 8 dKh, ph 7, conductivity 800 µS and temperature 30-CSo how do we prepare the water for the Discus aquarium?
Well it is important to remove the Chlorine and if present Chloramines, likewise in older properties where there maybe some lead pipes any dissolved heavy metals. You can add a simple over the counter product to the water like Tetra Aquasafe, these products bond and neutralise. But there is in our opinion (and practical experience since 1993) a better way, and that is to run the tap water through a HMA filter - these are carbon / resin based and remove (not bond) the contaminants. Further more with the right set up you can use warm water. Please see "Pre-Heated Water" in the Discus Articles section. Our Range of HMA filters click here ...