Discus Tank Mates
There is one important thing when it comes to your discus fish and it’s picking the perfect discus tank mates. Discus are very sociable fish and they like to hang out with others and explore the aquarium. They are happy when they have at least 6 other discus tank mates. Discus fish habitat is from the Amazon River Basins and the water there is calm, soft and warm. Your aquarium must have the same habitat as to what your discus fish are used to. Discus fish are absolutely amazing fish to watch. There colors are so beautiful and some people just like keeping them in a tank by themselves.
Are you deciding on discus tank mates?
If you decide to add discus tank mates, you have to make sure that your discus tank mates are not going to make them unhappy and stress them out. I will be revealing what are the perfect discus tank mates for your aquarium and which ones to stay away from.
Choosing the correct discus tank mates
Tetras are good discus tank mates. There are many species of Tetra’s but the one’s that will fit in well with discus fish are Cardinal, Lamp Eye and Rosy Tetras. I would not go with large Tetras because they can intimidate your discus fish.
Cory Cat (Corydoras) are perfect discus tank mates. They spend their time on the bottom of the tank looking for food. Most people refer to them as bottom feeders. They also help with keeping the tank clean. They feed off the bottom and will eat food left behind from the discus. One problem with keeping the tank clean is getting in between the plants and gravel and Cory Cat’s help you out in that department.
Some other good discus tank mate are Dwarf Cichlids and Characins.
Discus Tank Mates to avoid
Some of the reasons why you must pick the perfect discus tank mates is because they are slow eaters and they will not run to their food. Most of time discus fish food will fall to the bottom and they will search the bottom for food. It you have aggressive fish in the tank, they will eat the food and your discus will starve. You never want to put big fish in with your discus because it can end up stressed.
Discus are a species of cichlids fish. There are over 1,500 different types of cichlids. Most people think that they would be the perfect discus tank mates because of that. That assumption is incorrect. Some cichlids are very aggressive and should not be in the tank with discus. Some popular aggressive cichlids are the African cichlids, Oscars and Angelfish. They should not be place in your discus aquarium.
Discus fish moves slow and graceful through the aquarium. They are very shy and if you put fish in the tank that moves to fast, it can intimidate the fish. Some examples of fast moving fish are Danios, barbs and Rasboras. These fish are also known to nip fish fins and this can harm your fish.
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