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Caring for Your Discus Fish

Jul 5, 2008
In the aquarium world, many fish types have become popular. Catfish, goldfish, and betta fish are among these popular types. One species of fish that is growing in popularity is the discus fish. However, with this growing celebrity, not many aquarium owners know sufficient information about them There can be issues and problems associated with owning discus and this article is here to educate those looking to own them.

What makes these attractive aquarium mates desirable are there diverse color palette. Often they have reddish tints with a metallic luster making them quiet beautiful. Additional colors include a bluish green, gold and red turquoise, and they typically have a vertical black bar running done their side.

The discus fish originates from the rivers of South America, specifically portions in Brazil, Colombia and Peru. It's these surrounding that make them particularly beautiful fish as the warm waters and climate help bring out the color of their scales. These are smaller fish, only growing to be about twenty centimeters, which like to swim at the surface of water. Their discus-like shape is the source of the fish's name.

This origin is very important when considering aquarium traits. These fish need to live in water that is heated to about twenty six degrees Celsius. Slightly acidic water, about five and a half pH level, is also a necessary living condition as is a softer water setting.

The feeding diet for discus fish is actually fairly simple. They're omnivores and will typically feed on just about anything. Beef heart and pork heart are popular protein rich foods that many owners tend to feed their fish and this is perfect for discus. Bloodworms and mosquito larvae are also perfectly acceptable alternatives.

One must watch what they feed to their discus fish, though. These fish are extremely vulnerable to disease and live food has a tendency to introduce bacteria and parasites to the environment. Water quality is another huge factor as discus fish don't respond to pollution very well. An owner must be willing to change the tank water almost every day. High quality equipment must also be purchased namely a sizeable aquarium tank and filter.

As stated, many owners lack knowledge about their discus fish. While they're certainly attractive, colorful fish, they can certainly be difficult to manage for the long term and require a commitment by the aquarium owner. Hopefully, this has been an informative article for those looking to buy a discus fish.
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Justin Oliver loves his discus fish and his other aquarium fish.
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