Discus in community tank...

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Discus in community tank...

Postby mbro » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:09 pm

HI All,

I recently acquired a 190l tank from a work colleague and it has come relatively well stocked as a community tank.

5 x Platys
3 x Albino Cory
a whole host of varying tetras including, neons, glowlite, black phantom
6 gourami - couple of opaline, kissing and golden
red tail black shark
couple of clown loaches
clown tiger plec
single guppy

The tank is relatively well planted and has a number of hiding places due to the mix of fish for territorial reasons etc.

The wife is looking to put some discus or similar fish in, having been mesmerised by their swimming motion - similar to the gourami.

I am not sure if we will be able to or not.

Can anyone advise please?

Thanks
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Re: Discus in community tank...

Postby Carylnz » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:38 am

Hi there. Your tank is not big enough for these lovely fish, nor are some of those other fish ideal tank mates.
Discus are best in groups of 5 or more and need a minimum 200L. They also prefer higher temperatures than most other fish. They are slow feeders so need to be able to get to food before any other inhabitants reach it.
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