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Old 01-22-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Question once a week waterchange?

can i keep discus with only changing water once per week in a well filterd understocked tank?
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Certainly, if the WC volume is large enough and your parameters are stable.
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can i keep discus with only changing water once per week in a well filterd understocked tank?
Depends on different factors.
Like how much you feed?
Are you growing them out ?
Bare bottom or substrate?
How large are the weekly water changes?
How often do you clean your filter?

It all comes down to how the Discus are acting and how they look.

fish like any animal tries to hide any illness until they can no longer and by then it is almost always too late.

Discus are messy eaters and can easily become stressed and then sick and will soon effect others in the group.

Discus should be active, should have nice clear eyes never dull and no clamped fins or extended/ red gills.

After they are settled in the tank they should be aggressive for food and their poop dark and not stringy or white.

they should never be in a corner with their heads down or even up or facing the corner.

good luck and the most important thing is to watch them for any signs of illness.
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thanks for the info. i'm going to give it a go.
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I'm trying to pull my water changes back to once a week as I was am having a hard time with keeping the water soft enough. The one has been hiding. Not sure totally why yet but that has been for a while now. I am thinking it might be hardness. The other two come and visit me provided I don't scare them when I come to the tank though. Hardness is coming down slowly. Watching nitrates carefully.
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