Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Jan 18, 2014
I chose my Blue Discus from the pet store, because they were so lovely to look at, even though they were a bit on the costly side. They are gorgeous to look at, and get along well with other fish, but unfortunately they kept dying on me! It is possible that my tank was too small? An issue I had was that even though I kept a cover on the tank, the fish managed to jump out repeatedly! And they are so big and so flat that they get injured when they jump out, even though I got them back in the tank in time. You would need to put weights on top of the tank and have a cover to keep Discus safe. You also need a water heater to keep water temperature 80- 85 degrees Fahrenheit and monitor acidity with a pH meter, and maintain a pH of 6 to 7. Ammonia and nitrate levels should be as close to 0 as possible, and water should be changed frequently. I did all that, but I was never able to make Discus last that long regardless. I would recommend Discus fish only for adults or children who would be able to be committed to the care and monitoring level that these lovely creatures thrive in, which unfortunately I was not able to attain!