Discus fish are fantastic aquarium pets. They can be trained to recognize the owner and respond by eating at the hands of the people who provide food and they are also aware of what is happening to the room which makes them interesting and cool aquarium pets. However, only those who have ample knowledge must try to breed the discus fish. It is very delicate specie and could die if not given proper attention and care.
What does a breeder have to do?
Breeding discus means that the breeder must be able to provide quality water for the needs of the fish. It must not be too cold or too warm and the water must not contain any strong and harsh chemicals. The water must be soft close enough to 6.5 pH.
Why a Large Aquarium is Needed
In breeding discus, the owner must place the discus at a large aquarium which would enable them to move around with ease together with other fish. The food must be of high quality and that any early signs of sicknesses in other discus fish must be treated immediately. The discus that is with illness must be quarantined in order to prevent them from infecting the others. The breeder has to be able to provide quality food and living conditions in order to make the life of the discus fish stress-free. By making the fish happy we reduce future problems that can lead to medical conditions.
What are the conditions that are needed during the breeding period?
A discus will not breed if the aquarium is not large enough, the aquarium must be 15 inches for tall fishes, A 36 inches x 18 inches x 18 inches aquarium is the smallest and with 48 inches x 18 inches x 18 inches aquarium one can keep 4 to 6 smaller discus fish. Keep them and let them wait until they find their pair.
Why do you need to change the water frequently and what kind of diet must the discus have?
Make sure that the water will be changed frequently. The high protein diet of the fish will lead them to have a lot of waste products and this has to be removed as soon as possible. In breeding discus, food is crucial. The owner has to provide the best. A well-recommended food is the fish beef heart as well as spinach and bloodworms for variety. One can also try flake food that contains other nutrients and vitamins every now and then.
How would the discus fish react during the mating period?
Remember that during the breeding period the female and male discus would be territorial and would clean the breeding place before they decide to keep the eggs in it. During this stage the warmth of the water must be consistent and soft in order not to shatter the eggs.
The eggs will then hatch within 48 hours if the water temperature is ideal after that the fry will move away from the breeding site together with the parents.
Know the basics of breeding discus and you will have a great time with them.
Source by Tom D Rollins