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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Discus cichlid tropical fish tank setup

Some say keep discus in a well planted tank, others would say keep them in a bare tank with only a sponge filter, while the rest would say have a mix of the two, plants for cover, and some open space for swimming. Ultimately the choice is yours.

There are advantages to keeping discus in a planted aquarium. The beauty of this combination , and the fact that Discus tend to be slow moving, graceful fish and look at home amongst plants slowly swaying in the current. Discus coloration, especially the turquoise varieties, are a perfect match to the natural greens and reds of live plants. Discus are big fish and are easier to see compared to typical tetras, etc, found in aquarium display.

Plants act as chemical filters to help remove toxic substances from the water. This is important in a discus tank. Discus are sensitive to water quality. A good collection of healthy plants will lead to a healthy overall environment and will help stave off common diseases like "hole-in-the-head".

Plants also provide natural hiding places for discus. Discus tend to be shy fish and are sometimes bothered by activity outside the tank. Plants are preferred to other tank decorations since a large discus can easily hurt itself on a piece of driftwood or large rock. Providing a stress-free environment will also promote good health in your discus.

Broad-leafed plants make nice spawning sites for a breeding pair of discus. While most breeders prefer a breeding cone or piece of slate, our discus have often spawned on Anubias or Echinodorus leaves. Plant leaves make good spawning sites in a community tank since the other leaves on the plants help shield the spawning pair from other inhabitants as well as nosy aquarists.

discus tropical fish tank setup photos

The tank above has a mixture of plants, for hiding places and cover, along with open space for free swimming, in contrast the tank below is almost completely bare.

discus tropical fish tank setup pictures



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