Water Parameters for Tank Bred Discus

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08 Jun 2016 09:55 #1 by Ahsan225 (Syed Subhan)
Hi,

Hope you guys are well and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. I have a newish tank ( runing about 6 weeks now. I am looking at keeping discus. however, the PH in the tank is around 7.6. I have put a piece of Bogwood in an attempt to bring the PH down. I have my heart set on a beautiful pair of red turqs at the SHA.

There are mixed opinions re the water parameters for tank bred discus. Can the experienced discus keepers advise in this regard, please?

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08 Jun 2016 10:44 #2 by alan 64 (alan)
The ph is fine mate the only thing would worry me is the age of ur tank can u give more info on the tank is it planted or bare bottom and what filters are on it and what water maintenance u plan if u want i can pm u my phone number and we can have a chat but dont rush into anything as these are expensive fish to be loosing

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08 Jun 2016 15:28 #3 by Discus-Killester (Sinisa)

Ahsan225 wrote: Hi,

Hope you guys are well and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. I have a newish tank ( runing about 6 weeks now. I am looking at keeping discus. however, the PH in the tank is around 7.6. I have put a piece of Bogwood in an attempt to bring the PH down. I have my heart set on a beautiful pair of red turqs at the SHA.

There are mixed opinions re the water parameters for tank bred discus. Can the experienced discus keepers advise in this regard, please?


If you only want to keep Discus, 7.6 is OK-ish.

However, if you want to breed them, it would be better to have your pH lowered to 6 or 6.5, to get more eggs fertilized. Also, your GH and KH should be as low as possible.

Hope this helps.

Sina

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09 Jun 2016 12:00 #4 by Ahsan225 (Syed Subhan)
For the time being, i would like to keep discus and get the hang of it. Then, once I have more experience with Discus and the room to house a second tabnk, I would get to breeding discus.
What can i do to bring the PH down? what are GH and KH (apologies fir the lack of knowledge(.

Discus-Killester wrote:

Ahsan225 wrote: Hi,

Hope you guys are well and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. I have a newish tank ( runing about 6 weeks now. I am looking at keeping discus. however, the PH in the tank is around 7.6. I have put a piece of Bogwood in an attempt to bring the PH down. I have my heart set on a beautiful pair of red turqs at the SHA.

There are mixed opinions re the water parameters for tank bred discus. Can the experienced discus keepers advise in this regard, please?


If you only want to keep Discus, 7.6 is OK-ish.

However, if you want to breed them, it would be better to have your pH lowered to 6 or 6.5, to get more eggs fertilized. Also, your GH and KH should be as low as possible.

Hope this helps.

Sina

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09 Jun 2016 17:23 #5 by alan 64 (alan)
There are many ways to bring ph down but ud be mad to start messing around with that also if u have lack of knowledge on fish keeping id advise strongly on keeping something other than discus to start off with gh is general hardness kh is karbonate hardness

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10 Jun 2016 02:39 #6 by Ahsan225 (Syed Subhan)
Well I have kept fish in the past so not a complete novice. Had a 65l cold-water tank running for a year a few years ago. Change in circumstances meant I had to give up on that.

Now I want to get the tank stable and ready for discus and run it for a few weeks before discus are added to the tank.

I will get the water tested for Kh and gh when I visit sha this afternoon.

Kind regards
Syed

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10 Jun 2016 14:15 #7 by alan 64 (alan)
How big is ur new thank and how many discus are u planning on keeping

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10 Jun 2016 14:29 #8 by alan 64 (alan)
Just seen ur pm there syed i will ring u later if i get a chance if not i will ring u saturday

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