A very big welcome to our Discus Tropical Fish Keeping News and
Updates at "The
Weekend Magazine" for all my fabulous Aquarist Readers from around
the world, who share our passion and love for our time honoured and
traditional and noble pastime of tropical fishing keeping, first
recognized and established properly in 1851, at the Great Exhibition in
London, England, Great Britain.
Special thanks to all Tropical Fish Hobbyists acquiring the new "Tropical
Fish Keeping Journals" in traditional print, or now on digital
ebook format over the recent holidays. Current issues of 1 to 4 are
available and with issue 5 planned shortly for all Aquarists
world-wide and further issues later in the year (2018).
In the last issue of the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Number Four" there were a number of fabulous features including; super foods for keeping healthy, happy, thriving tropical fish, with high protein foods that you can make yourself from the recipes. Also aquarium filtration with the author's introduction to "Poly Atomic-ion Biological Reactors" for attaining crystal clear water and healthy aquatic plants, not stressed from damaged root systems caused from more conventional filter systems such as under gravel.
I hope this quick guide to 'Buying The Correct Discus Tropical Fish' written here will encourage many more Tropical Fish Hobbyists and Retail Aquarists consider acquiring the Discus Fish (symphysodon) for they are truly magnificent creatures and then perhaps many more will take up the hobby and pastime that can be so rewarding.
Aquarium sizes can vary dependent on a number of factors and especially in the number of Discus you wish to keep. If you are buying say 6 to 8 juveniles they require an aquarium of at least 60 gallons (272 litres). Discus require depth and width in an aquarium for they can grow up to 7 inches in diameter and even larger.
Many folk can often be led down a path of confusion regarding water quality and conditions for keeping and breeding discus. One of the key secrets to healthy discus is regular water changes and so you need a water supply that is literally on tap. The biggest mistakes most tropical fish keepers make is they try to change their water supply to something they have read and proceed to introduce....
Mothers can especially relate to this section from having Children,
where they all need feeding, and as babies, there are strict routines
to ensure a happy well fed baby.
Tropical Fish learn and know of set out routines with regards to when
they are fed, and this is part of forming a strong relationship and
When feeding, set specific times throughout the day, and ensure those
times are kept for your charges, as they will begin to know when they
are fed and will not get stressed out.
This also goes for water changes, and the maintenance on aquariums. Set
specific times and days for water changes each week, and once they are
use to your routines, you will be surprised at how they behave, and
take no interest in your activity, on some occasions in fact, they may
well follow your siphon pipe, looking for uneaten food that they missed
at breakfast time.
Details Here >
Last year, as many Aquarists know, I wrote "Super Foods Tropical Fish and Discus Book" with an indepth selection of super food recipes for making your own fish food, providing massive saving for the tropical fish hobbyist, at the same time offering really great fresh frozen food for your tropical fish. Over the years, and the only way I was able to get Wild Discus breeding, was to develop these fish foods that included beef heart. I have also been able to establish that most fish diseases develop as a result of poor diet and stress. When we feed these foods to our tropical fish, not only are they much happier and more inclined to breed, but live longer and grow much bigger. Full book details >
One of the biggest causes of disease for Discus Fish refusing to feed is as a result of the water temperature. Discus Fish are native to South American as a species and their DNA make up of the species is of a high metabolism and they are use to high temperatures. Filtration in an aquarium is important coupled to the this subject, as you cannot risk cold spots in an aquarium from poor heating and....
Many diseases to Discus are stress related based on the conditions
and in the event of fish becoming ill it is normally down to a lack of
routine or the points covered in the other Quick Guides.
Most ailments can be cured by making the suggested changes in the other
Quick Guides to keeping discus and with temperature variations that can
cure most ailments and not a series of chemicals bought that further
poison the fish.
The books I am recommending to you are books based on first hand
knowledge of the authors and their ability and knowledge of the
subject. Many I know personally or the others acquaintances I have
either met or had communication with and know they are reliable trusted
providers of information surrounding this subject of Discus Tropical
Started to work on the new and final Discus Book Third Edition and
hope to have released this coming year (2018) before Christmas, special
thanks so far to contributors with their Discus Photo's I intend to
include, so we can show the huge diversity of Discus Fish and colours
today since I, Jack Wattley, Dr. Eduard Schmidt-Focke, Carol Friswold,
Mac Galbreath and others bred many years ago for the first time back in
the 1970's and 1980's. The book will also cover morphology and many
other areas of the species including behaviour, communication and
habits. Discus (symphysodon) are a highly evolved species and when kept
in the right conditions and fed properly, they can be a joy to keep.
Watch this space for further news and updates. Best Wishes Alastair :)
One person who inspired me as a very young aquarist back in the
1960's was William T. Innes and his marvellous books. And as a tribute
to him, I plan to provide information of the various species of
tropical fish available to aquarists and many plant species. If
Aquarists have photo's that they would like to include and be
accredited for, please post to the Tropical Fish Keeping Journal on Facebook
here Thank You!
The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition Celebrates 25
years since the very first discus book was written back in 1989. One of
Amazon's Best Sellers and Biggest Selling tropical fish books for
Natural Discus Aquariums, Breeding, Community Species, suitable plants
and healthy disease free diets.
The Discus Book is a timeless piece of history, first published in 1989 recording my work and breaking a taboo that had lasted 150 years since the Great Exhibition, to successfully breed Wild Discus (symphysodon) in captivity, the King of the Aquarium, a Best Seller for over 28 years.
The Discus Book Second Edition, I believe to be the most comprehensive book to date ever written on The King of the Aquarium, Discus (symphysodon). The downside is, if Folk are looking for a silver bullet, or some form of miracle methods of keeping these complex species, they will be disappointed.
Now you can make your own tropical fish food with these great
recipes. All experienced Aquarists and Commercial Breeders will tell
you that 99% of all Tropical Fish deaths are related to stress and poor
diet. Super Foods for Tropical Fish and Discus is therefore very long
overdue for all Aquarists around the world.