The Discus.com Learning Center

The Discus.com Learning Center is a collection of articles, forming a knowledge base for mastering the art of keeping discus fish. It is a free resource completely dedicated to discus. Whether or not you are a past customer is irrelevant -- we have made the Learning Center a 100% free resource because we want the greater discus hobby to thrive. We believe individual keepers' successes uplift the entire industry.

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The Importance of Checking Nitrate & Nitrite Levels when Acclimating New Discus
Before placing your discus order from us, it's important to make sure your aquarium is cycled. Use a high quality water test kit, like API FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT, to measure nitrates, nitrites and ammonia. You want the nitrites and ammonia levels to be zero and your tank should have little... Read More
So You Want Start Keeping Discus?? OK. But Start Out Doing It Right! By Jim E. Quarles
This article is for the Newbe to discus keeping. And just perhaps a few things can be of use to those not so new to the hobby.   If you want to keep discus, you had better spend time and effort learning all you can before you buy your first fish. There are several right ways to get... Read More
Acclimating New Discus with Salt
Acclimating your new discus   Prior to receiving your new fish you should increase your aquarium temperature that will be housing your new discus to 88-90 degrees. Increase aeration and add one tablespoon of salt per 10 gallons of tank water. The tank should be kept like this for... Read More
A Basic Guide to The Care of Discus
This guide is not meant to supercede, or replace any of the comprehensive textbooks written on the subject of keeping fish of the genus Symphysidon spp. Commonly called Discus. It is meant as a primer for those considering keeping this beautiful fish and possibly breeding them. It should be used... Read More
Getting fish shipped to you is just as easy as going to the Pet Store -- Diary of a Customer
Receiving your first shipment of fish is very exciting but also a bit worrysome. I felt like a new mother and of course never slept the whole night knowing they would be at the airport in the morning.    The shipper: He starts planning a few days ahead to organize the shipping... Read More
More on Basic Discus Care
Introduction Discus fish are a very unique kind of fish.  They do well under a higher level of care compared to other kinds of aquarium fish. They need a larger space in terms of the size of the fish tank as well as stable supply of clean water. Bearing all that in mind, it would be a... Read More
Fun Facts about Discus Fish
Aquariums enhance the look and feel of a home. They provide a vibrant touch to home décor and it can be the center of attraction in any home. Some people consider aquariums as a conversational piece in homes. Now, making the aquarium striking, interesting, colorful and decorative is no easy job... Read More
More on Quarantining Discus
Any time a new fish is brought home, it should be kept in a quarantine tank and closely monitored.   The quarantine period will last six weeks.  It should be done in a clean, aged tank with a stable pH.  Add some cycled filter media from an existing tank, or add some... Read More
Discus Fish Keeping Tips, Guides & Care Sheet for Beginners
Knowing more about Discus Keeping will help you keep your discus healthy and happy. Success in maintaining the health of your Discus Fish will provide for greater enjoyment. Below are some simple tips to keep a healthy Discus. Discus Keeping Tips for Beginners Beginners are... Read More
Discus Fish Acclimation Instructions
Discus Fish Acclimation Instructions
We keep the PH in the hatchery at a range of 6.8 - 7.0. Well water is fine. Take each bag and place them upright in a bucket. Cut off the tops of the bags and fold them back. Take a cup of water out of the tank you are placing them in and pour a little in each one. Do this every 15... Read More
Other Fish for Your Discus Aquarium Part 2
Other Fish for Your Discus Aquarium Part 2
Rainbowfish In Australia especially, rainbowfish and discus are commonly kept in the same aquariums. Since they have similar conditions in their natural environment, they thrive together. They look aesthetically amazing when put together in a display aquarium. Discus and Rainbow Fish... Read More
Discus Water Basics
Discus Water Basics
How Do I Monitor My Discus' Water Quality? Discus are highly sensitive to their water conditions, so you must regularly monitor your tank's water quality. To successfully monitor your discus' water quality, you should: Understand your water source. Understand what your fish... Read More
An Introduction to Discus
An Introduction to Discus
Discus are some of the most beautiful and reactive tropical fishes you can find. They are often referred to as the “kings of the aquarium” because of their stately movements and regal beauty.   Discus are also intelligent and interactive. They will remember you, greet you when you... Read More
Acclimating Discus to a New Aquarium
Acclimating Discus to a New Aquarium
Welcome your new discus home! You'll want to carefully acclimate them to their new aquarium. Snowflake Discus with Other Discus Varieties Why Should I Acclimate My New Discus? Acclimating your discus is crucial for your new discus' health. If you don't correctly acclimate your new... Read More
Getting a Discus Aquarium Up and Running in 4 Easy Steps
Getting a Discus Aquarium Up and Running in 4 Easy Steps
Are you new to discus keeping? Setting up the tank is an easy process, as you'll see in this article. We'll first give you some suggestions, and then we'll show you how to set up your aquarium with 4 simple steps. Set Up Suggestions Tank with Large Red Panda Discus The things that you need... Read More
How to Care for Discus: a Brief Overview
How to Care for Discus: a Brief Overview
When you take proper care of your discus, it will live a long life and grow well. Blue Panda and Leopard Discus Cross How to Care for Your Discus Check the quality of your aquarium water. Don’t use tap water without checking its chemistry first. You need to remove the chlorine and... Read More

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