But be aware, if you don’t use just the right type of water conditions for them to live in, they may not live for very long. And that would be sad…very sad indeed.
But hey, the great news is that today you will learn a little more about exactly what your beautiful swimming friend needs when it comes to the aquarium water environment he lives in.
So what do you say, let’s get started!
One of the first things you really need to be aware of is that water is not just…well, water. There are many things that go into how water functions. Some of them are the pH level in the aquarium, is it acidic or alkaline, or even which filtration options to use. These are really some of the most important things to being absolutely sure everything is perfect when it comes to your beautiful little discus. You want the best for them, don’t you? Well, of course you do.
#1) Don’t Use Tap Water…YUK!
Let’s face it, tap water is chock full of junk, including chemicals, dirt, chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, and a lot of other harmful chemicals (for ANYONE to drink, much less fish). But since fish actually live in the aquarium water full-time, you need to make sure you use only the best quality water possible for them.
So be sure to use a high quality water filter to remove all the gunk from your tap water BEFORE you make your discus fishes drink it. They will sooo love you for it.
#2) Be Sure The Water pH is Right!
Ok, listen. Discus fishes can be finicky creatures. There, I said it! They need their water pH levels to be just right. Be sure to keep the aquarium water pH below 7 and above 5.5. The absolute best pH level for Discus fish is a pH of 6. They can become rather stressed out if it’s anything higher than a 7 pH. So to keep your fish in tip-top shape, and happy as a clam (so to speak), make sure the pH is just-so! Just remember that discus come from soft, acid waters, and generally like to be kept in the same type of conditions when kept as a pet. So, make them comfy.
#3) Too Hard or Too Soft? Uh Oh…
You also want to make sure your water is not either too hard OR too soft. Either will be stressful on your discus fishes. Young discus especially should NOT be kept in very soft aquarium water, as the right minerals just aren’t there for their proper growth. But, adults like to be soft water. You can use filtered water using a carbon filter, and leave it on a stand. Aquarium peat can also be a great way to help soften up water.
So there you have it, the 3 best ways to make absolutely sure your discus fishes stay happy, healthy, and in a perfect aquarium water environment. They will thank you for it by providing enjoyment with them for years to come!