We have picked up the most repeatedly asked 11 questions about discus fish from the famous discus fish forum and answered them as part of this post.

Are discus fish hard to keep?

Yes, discus fish are hard to keep but not impossible to keep. Discus are shy in nature and they don’t appreciate the change in water conditions.

Follow the below simple rules to keep the discus fish without difficulty

  • keep them in a group
  • perform 10% water changes daily
  • keep the water temperature warm, don’t overfeed them, and don’t often disturb them.

What size tank do discus fish need?

To keep a group of 6 adults discus, you would need a 70-gallon tank. Almost 10 gallons for a fish.

Is discus a community fish?

Discus fish are community fishes with some restrictions, they live well with peaceful fishes like neon tetras, cory fishes.

Why do discus fish turn black?

Discus fish tend to adapt to the surrounding background, so if you have a black or a dark background they tend to darken themselves and camouflage themselves to suit the background. Another reason, if they are stressed they tend to darken as well.

How long do discus fish live in a tank?

With proper care, discus fish can live between 6 to 8 years. “I personally had discus for almost 3 years”.

Can you keep angelfish and discus fish together?

It is not ideal to keep Angelfish and discuss together because of their nature, Angelfish are territorial and nippy while Discus fish are shy and not nippy.

How many discus should be kept together?

A Group of 6 to 8 discus is ideal to keep in 80 to 100 Gallon tank. If your discus is a juvenile or an adult give them a 10 to 15 gallon water.

What is the best food to feed discus fish?

Discus is carnivorous in nature and the best food when raising them at home is the beef heart and blood worms.

Can discus breed in tap water?

Discus can breed in tap water, as long as the pH level is between 6.0 and 7.0 and water hardness is between 18 to 70 ppm.

How do you know if a discus is stressed?

You can immediately find out if they are stressed as they would turn darkened.

How many times a day should I feed my discus fish?

Feeding is based on the age of discus fish, under 3 months – feed them 8 times a day, 3 months to a year – feed them 5 times a day, more than a year old – 3 times a day.

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