Acquired: Fish / pet store,
Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Portland, California, United States
Posted Sep 09, 2015
I love the beauty and grandeur a discus can add to a community tank but add with care. They can be picky eaters needing live blood worms to stimulate the appetite. They also need a balance with high protein foods on a regular basis to be their healthiest.
My discus, who I named Atticus, was housed in a 55 gallon with cardinals and rummynose tetras. He was very aware of his surroundings always noticing when someone was near the tank and trying to grab their attention. Including my cat who used to pace the tank and Atticus would follow. My visitors loved Atticus's attentiveness and often spent time tracing the tank with their fingers and asking if I had "fed him yet today?".
They require acidic water and fare best when water changes are done with reverse osmosis water. I don't recommend using chemicals to adjust pH because of the radical changes it can cause but keeping wood in the water will lower the pH slowly and safely.
If you're willing to keep up with this fishes requirements they can be very rewarding to watch. They get up to 6"+ in diameter making them the centerpiece of a community tank.