Discus breeding tank installation

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How to make a breeding tank for discus? Not always easy when one begins. I propose in this article (and video) to find some keys to a successful project.

It will complement the video report I published on YouTube. You will find it below.

Looking for adventures?

You keep your discus correctly for some time. They are healthy and will surely start to show reproductive behavior.

You will maybe feel the urge to breed some fry and attend the fabulous spectacle of the babies dancing around their parents.

Get discus eggs is not very hard. Conduct an egg to young 5-6 cm fry is a little bit more complex.

Discus: really complex?

Not really, if one has the means to succeed and especially to invest some of his time (Finally the definition of a hobby!).

Also… (or perhaps "mostly") the success of this venture will be conditioned by all the good advices you can glean. Keeping still in mind that nothing will replace the practice!

Wanting to reproduce discus, it's sometimes accept that everything does not go well the first time…

Minimum preparation

You will have to be aware that making a breeding tank for discus is accepting to engage yourself.

Because the reproduction of this wonderful fish AND the raising will require installing not one… but some aquariums.

You will have to be ready to spend some of your time, because this adventure can be somewhat time consuming. (Especially the first month of fry life)

What I present here, is finally the beginning of the story. Meaning some tools to get you on the right track.

You have to not hesitate to equip yourself a minimum in order to facilitate the task. Remember to reflect about all binding aspects such as the evacuationion of waste water or the flow and storage of "clean" water.

A reflection that will save you valuable time…

Example of water storage tanks (Sizing as needed)

breeding tank for discus: simple and efficient

There are many methods to install a breeding tank for discus.

The one I present in the video is simple and effective. However, you will have to take into account that the proposed filter requires some monitoring.

"Airlift" or "air sponge" filtration requires regular maintenance. Indeed, it does not have the large bacterial colonization surface as we can see in other filters.

You will therefore regularly remove excrements lying on the bottom of the aquarium, and periodically clean the foam (With aquarium water).

This to avoid the foam to saturate with organic matters; and continue to play its role.

Choose an bare bottom tank of a hundred liters of water. The ideal dimensions often described are 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm. But the standard size are very suitable.

Maintenance breeding tank for discus
The cleaning will be as easy as possible
Cleaning the siphon aquarium discus
Remove feces regularly

Beware with low cost material

I know it's somewhat fashionable to propose "low cost" methods … But I advise you to invest in order not to hamper you with average quality material.

Choose reliable and controlled equipment

For example, I would mention the case of sponge filter that can be found at various prices… Prefer a reliable source.

Still some time ago, I heard German amateurs complain about their fish… (No fertilization, low success, unviable fry etc.…) This until the analyzes of their sponge filters show the presence of many chemical and toxic products of all kinds…

Although it's a little (sometimes much) more expensive, I encourage you to invest in good equipment.

Regarding sponge filters, you have for example those of the SERA brand that works very well. (Filter WILL L300)

On the video you saw, I use TEKair filters from the brand JBL… But according to my latest informations, the German brand stopped its distribution. (A Shame)

Orient your preference on fine pore foams.

Regarding the other elements like the air pump or heater my choice would be a Eheim air pump and a Jäger heater.

Test the aquarium water…

Discus require itself a regular monitors of its environment. If adult fish accept more mineralized waters; eggs of your favorite fish will be on the other hand a little bit less tolerant.

To check that you are in acceptable values ​​for the proper embryonic development of the egg; you will need you a bit of equipment.

If you have the budget, you can buy a full range of tests.

tests d'eau de l'aquarium de reproduction pour discus
Two parameters you will often check

But the minimum, should be a conductivity meter (As the Hanna instruments DIST 3 for example), a pH, nitrites and nitrates tests.

The parameters you will mostly check are conductivity, pH and finally nitrates.

We seek to be around 100 micro siemens / cm for the conductivity (variable tolerance according discus strains), with an acid pH (Under 7) and a nitrate value as low as possible.

This will influence the survival rates at various critical stages: Sperm motility, Fertilization, embryonic phase, outbreak, larval stage, free swimming stage etc…)

If needed, I recommend the reading of this article I wrote on Fanatik-Discus: Understand the main water parameters.

Unless you have the chance to have this type of water out of the tap, you may need to equip yourself with an reverse osmosis filter. It will allow you to adjust your water parameters very easily.

to summarize…

breeding tank for discus

For your discus breeding tank installation, you may provide:

  • An aquarium of about 100 litres
  • A heater
  • A sponge filter (Or any other system which not aspire fry)
  • A air pump
  • A medium-power lighting
  • a thermometer
  • a Conductivity meter
  • Water drop tests: pH (or electronic), nitrites, nitrates
  • A breeding cone (see video)

The foundations are laid… If necessary, feel free to ask questions or even share your tips at the end of this article.

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Discus Breeder and Discus columnist, Yann Hoiret share on the website Fanatik-Discus his experience and passion for the King of aquariums. From 2014 He worked as a writer for the french magazine "AquaMag", the German magazines "Discus Live" and "Discus yearbook". He participated as an international judge in France Discus show 2014 and 2016 in Arvert, au Greek Discus Show 2014 in Athens, Discus Show in Paris Grigny 2015, 2017 and 2019, au FIDO concurso 2016, 2017 and 2018 Spain, au Nordic Discus Show 2018 Sweden, au France Discus Show 2018 Cognac, Discusvrienden the discus competition 2018 and 2019 Netherlands.

4 comments

  1. Gary Walker on

    Hello Yann! I throughly enjoyed the video, very informative and broken down nicely! Your fish room is also very nice. Always nice to get the family involved, when younger both of my daughters would like to get their hands in on the action weather it be with a hose in their hand or helping me prepare a Beefheart mix!

    Very nice looking stock also especially the Brown pair, if you don’t mind me asking are they wild?
    OK, till next time.
    Look forward to more postings!
    One more thing, nice shirt!
    Anyway to obtain one?
    Gary

  2. Yann Hoiret on

    Hello Gary!
    Always nice to read this kind of comment… Appreciate it, thanks a lot 😉
    And welcome aboard! If you want to be updated of any new article (each translated in English) feel free to subscribe the newsletter.
    You will receive an e.mail for each new article I will publish here.
    Try to do my best to propose good informations… And in few days, I will collect many more from the Vivarium event in Holland.
    Well, for the fish they are not wild discus but the results of cross I did to extract some genes from my lines. They are the F3 generation of a cross I did from Red Melon and Red Golden Diamond.
    My goal was to extract here some pure (or mostly pure) genes and also to understand the RGD makeup… Now I would like now to fix it.
    It is interesting to explore such things.. takes some times… but it’s interesting. Several persons ask me the origins of those browns… Answer is: Somewhere Inside a part of your fish… just try to extract it ahahahaha
    For the shirt, I can try to study this…
    Where you from?
    Yann 🙂

  3. Gary Walker on

    Hello Yann! I am signed up, as I received an email on this article!
    The Browns are great looking! Shape, color, markings!!
    In 2012 I did a similar cross, mine resulted in a deeper red color with a thick black band thru the dorsal; anal fin. Characteristic of wild caught specimens.
    I live in Florida USA
    also is there another means of communicating that you prefer other then using this as I know this is used for comments on articals that you post here.
    Thank you!
    Gary

  4. Yann Hoiret on

    Hello Gary,
    Sorry for late reply… I left home during 5 days long for the Vivarium Holland event… (Huge discus meeting again 🙂 )
    For the tee-shirt, I just asked to a producer to have an idea of price.
    You can contact me via messenger on Facebook, or Instagram OR even by using the « Contact the author » form directly here.
    Best regards,
    Yann

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