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Discus fish Care Fundamentals

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Secrets to Prolonging Their Lives

Discus are delicate creatures that need the utmost and refined care. You need patience, diligence, and of course, an intense love for the craft. Caring for these fish has been a rising hobby for many years now. Breeders have even created their own website with tips on the intricacies and nuances of caring for them.

If you love to take care of and breed fish, then caring for discus won’t be much of a challenge for you. After all, taking care of this species is similar to taking care of others, though there are certain techniques in discus breeding that you should carefully observe.

Common Diseases

Being an enthusiast, you have to understand that just like any other species, discus can get sick at times. You will be able to spot if they’re sick right away because they will start showing abnormal changes in color and texture, as well as show abnormal behavior in feeding patterns. In caring for these fish, you have to be conscious about what is happening to them and understand common diseases that can plague them.

The most common illnesses:

  • Cloud Eye Infections
  • Columnari’s Disease
  • Dropsy and Popeye
  • Fish Tuberculosis
  • Fungal Infections
  • Gill Fluke
  • Head and Lateral Line Erosion (HLLE)
  • >Hexamitiasis
  • Loss of Balance or Head Standing
  • Parasitic Worms
  • Tapeworms
  • Toxic Aluminum
  • White Spot Infections

How Do Experts Ensure Their Health?

You must be vigilant enough to know when they are ill or sick. More importantly, you must know what to do whenever they get ill unexpectedly. Just like with humans, it is always better to prevent illness whenever possible rather than curing illness once it has occurred.

In order to prevent illness, monitoring behavior is critical. Check the water temperature, pH level, and clarity of the water regularly. Make sure to feed them on a regular basis. In addition, do your best to keep them in a good mood, including keeping a good number of them in the tank, as they are not fond of being alone. Plus, unlike many type of fish, they are observant of what happens outside of their tank.  If they sense something is wrong, it will adversely affect their health, so take some time to talk to them throughout your day.

Vitamins

Experts often experiment on what to give their fish. Some of them ground up B-100 tablets and mix it in with beef heart for them, while others will just ground up human vitamins and mix it in with the food.

In truth, there are no recommended vitamins made for discus. There is plenty of advice out there, but much of it is inaccurate, so don’t put too much stock into it. It’s not always necessary to provide vitamins; feeding them proper nutrition and keeping the tank clean will often result in the best possible health.

 

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Secrets to Prolonging Their Lives Discus are delicate creatures that need the utmost and refined care. You need patience, diligence, and of course, an intense love for the craft. Caring for these fish has been a rising hobby for many years now. Breeders have even created their own website with tips on the intricacies and …

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