03-14-2006, 03:51 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sparks, NV
Originally Posted by Octopus8
Go ahead and keep your discus in the 29G. I raised four 2" discus in a 29G planted tank and added others later on. Now they're in a 75G and 6". If you talk to breeders, they'll probably tell you that you can keep even more, like 6 young discus, in a 29G. Max's Discus in Washington state told me I could keep more than 15 in a 55G! Of course I didn't.
You'll have to get a bigger tank within a year, though. Ten gallons per adult, not per juvenile. The 29G will give you a chance to find out whether you really like them and want to pursue discus specifically. Don't waste a ton of money up front. A lot of people don't like discus. They get sick from time to time, they need a lot of water changes and they're expensive!
Make it easy to keep clean; water changes every other day. If you're trying to win an aquascaping contest, discus in small tanks don't do very well.
Everyone breeds discus in a 29G gallon barebottom. I have. Maybe buy a breeding pair from Aquabid. Adults are healthier, and a bred pair prefers to be left alone. And I don't think they'd disapprove of the plants, especially broad-leafed ones on which they can lay eggs. With 1.1 WPG don't kill the discus by adding CO2; you don't need it.
Hope this helps,
I agree fully! As a temporary setup, you can have two or three discus (or more). As the discus get bigger (and they will), you will be buying more equipment that will handle a much larger water volume than your 29.