The Perfect Fish Species to Include In a Discus Fish Tank
A lot of people believe that a discus fish aquarium should only be dedicated to discus fish
alone. However, you need to keep in mind that although discus fish are considered to be high maintenance
fish, you will find that there are other species that can also thrive with the discus fish. And, the best
thing about these fish species is that they go along with discus fish and can really enhance the look of your
discus fish aquarium.
You have to remember that discus fish are schooling fish that likes to be kept in small groups
of five to eight. They need security of a school around them and getting them in groups will help in reducing
their stress levels and also help in keeping them happy. Another advantage of keeping them in groups is that
you are actually increasing their chances of mating and breeding and produce more discus fish, which you can
keep or even sell for profit.
Although discus fish are very beautiful on its own, you can increase the appeal of your discus
fish aquarium by adding other species of fish. Discus fish will feel comfortable with small schooling fish,
such as characins. When your discus fish see the characins in the open, they will feel that they are safe to
swim around the aquarium and will be more active. A large school of characins, such as the Cardinal Tetra,
Rummy Nose, or the Neon Tetras go well with discus fish.
This will also help emulate their natural habitat more and both types of fishes flourish well in
the same water conditions.
You can also include most peaceful and slow moving South American fish as well as Dwarf Cichlids
with the discus fish. However, you just do so if the other fish doesn’t compete for space and food with the
Blue and Golden Gouramis can also be included in the discus fish tank but are not recommended
because they are more aggressive in nature. Another fish that goes well with discus fish is the Corydoras.
These are small and peaceful catfish that does a great job as a bottom feeder. Get a couple of these fishes
and they will be able to help keep your tank clean.
Although Angelfish can look great with the discus fish, it is not recommended for smaller discus
fish tanks. This is because Angelfish can grow very large and can bully the discus fish. They may even
outcompete with the discus fish for food and they may also carry diseases that the discus fish are prone to
catch. This combination is possible but it will require a much larger aquarium and also a skilled
Another great fish that can complement your discus fish is the Blue Ram, which is a beautiful
dwarf cichlid. This fish will go well with your discus fish and it can further enhance the overall look of
These are some of the fish species that can go well with your discus fish. By keeping these
things in mind, you will be able to have an idea what kind of fish species to get to accompany your discus
fish in the aquarium.
The first thing that you need to remember about Discus Fish is that they love to swim. They need
to have some space to roam around in the aquarium. Because of this fact, you have to keep one Discus Fish for
every 10 gallons of water. Be sure to avoid overcrowding the aquarium, especially with this kind of fish.
They will be stressed out and with high levels of stress, the more chances that your Discus Fish will get
This means that you have to have a large aquarium in order for you to keep Discus Fish,
especially if you are planning on keeping more than two. You also have to remember that if you want to keep
your Discus Fish happy, you have to keep at least 6 Discus Fish together in the same aquarium. Further
tips can be had at Discus Fish Secrets.