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Discus Care - essentials
what they need
1.    Discus fish need to live in a closely-monitored tank with just the right water hardness, pH level, ammonia level, and temperature. (see Heaters)  between 28 – 31 degrees Celsius. 2.    Discus fish have to be kept away from ultra-active fish, as these will stress the discus. Stressed fish get sick more easily. ( see tank location) 3.    Discus fish are fans of wide-open spaces – a big tank is needed if you plan to keep more than a handful. ( See tank sizes). Depending upon the variety, they can reach up to about 6 -10" (15 - 25cm) in length. 4.    There are times that discus fish do get sick, even if the best care has been provided. Knowledge of common diseases and modes of medicating fish is a big plus when taking care of discus.
Now Discus love to school so its not recommended buying just one at a time.
Its best to buy at least four to begin with and to have your tank already cycled so that the risk of them getting sick is low ( see new tank syndrome)
When you are ready and have all of the essentials installed and working (heaters working, hood lights working, filters in place and working , temperature correct etc) . have your food supply then bring them home and slowly introduce them to their new home. (and its also advised to have a separate quarantining tank set up and ready for use in the event that you have sick fish or plan on adding some tank mates)
Floating Method   1.Turn off aquarium lights. 2. Dim the lights in the room where the shipping box will be opened.      Never open the box in bright light - severe stress or trauma may      result from sudden exposure to bright light.  3.Float the sealed bag in the aquarium for 15 minutes (Fig. A).      Never open the shipping bag at this time.   This step allows the water in the shipping bag to adjust slowly to the  temperature in the  aquarium, while maintaining a high level of dissolved oxygen.  After floating the sealed shipping bag for 15 minutes, cut open the the bag and start adding the aquarium water  a little at a time until the bag is full and then release. Its best to take your time doing this but no longer than an hour, Then be sure to leave any hood lamps off .
                                Summary of Water facts Temperature :  between 28 – 31 degrees Celsius. Hardness: Display – 10–15 GH, 5-8 KH Breeding – 1-4 GH, 0-1 KH Growing-Out – 8-15 GH, 5-8KH PH Display – 6.5 – 7.5 Breeding – 5.5 – 6.5 Grow-Out – 6.8 – 7.5 Note: a basic rule of thumb is that if you can drink it , it should be fine for your discus but have it tested to see if its way outside the ideal ranges. Usually the level of chlorination shouldn’t be an issue but if you use a reverse osmosis filter be sure to add in the minerals that they need .
Taking your discus home