Supplies required by discus fish breeders
If you have ever kept discus fish, you likely have felt the desire to try your hand at breeding this unique species of tropical fish. The process really isn’t too difficult, and many people have had great success becoming discus fish breeders. Breeding discus fish does not require any special supplies. This article will explain the fish tank supplies needed to properly breed discus fish. For more information on how to successfully breed discus fish, this is a great resource.
Discus fish breeders have found that the only supplies that are really necessary are the following:
- 30 gallon tank, preferably a ‘high’ style
- sponge filter
- aquarium heater – 150 watts
- slate – flat piece
- distilled water
- brine shrimp eggs
- quality flake food
This is a pretty small list of supplies considering how many baby discus fish you might soon find yourself breeding. The 30 gallon high tank is needed to house the mature discus pair, and to give them enough room to feel at ease. A 150 watt heater is needed to heat 30 gallons of water to the mid-80’s Fahrenheit. This is crucial to being able to stimulate spawning of your discus fish.
The flat piece of slate is the chosen site for spawning by many discus fish breeders. Keeping it at a 45 degree angle in the tank will allow the pair easy access to its surface. Distilled water is actually one of the best sources of water for your fish. Buy it in big jugs – you will need to use it as 50% of the total water in your aquarium.
Brine shrimp eggs are used as the first food for your baby discus after they have absorbed their yolk sacs. The sponge filter is used to help keep the water clean, and to provide minimal water current. Finally, the quality flake food will become the staple diet of your fish after they are one to two months old.
There you have it – a quick breakdown of the fish tank supplies you need to provide proper discus care and to become a successful discus fish breeder! If you need any of these supplies, I always recommend Drs Foster & Smith – check out their sales section.