The Perfect Fish Species to Include In a Discus
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
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
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 discus fish.
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
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 aquarist.
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 your aquarium.
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 sick.
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.