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Are discus fish good parents?

Are discus fish good parents?

Discus fish are surprisingly attentive parents, scientists have found. The colourful little creatures are known to feed their offspring with a nutritious mucus on their skin. This nurturing in discus fish is a well recognised behaviour, but this is the first time it has been studied in detail.

How long do discus fry feed off parents?

For the first week, they will be still using their yolk sack up, and feeding on the parents mucus. After six weeks, start feeding them on crushed flake foods, and as they get bigger leave the flake larger.

How do you attach discus fry to parents?

Here’s a few tips that might help your fry attach to their parents.

  1. Paint the outsides of your tank white or a light color like cream or a very light blue.
  2. Remove all objects in the aquarium except for the heater and an air stone.
  3. Use light colored or clear aquarium heaters.
  4. Lower the water in the aquarium.

Will discus eat babies?

The discus pair eat the fry due to stress. The stress comes from an almost countless variety of sources, from parasites (internal or external) all the way to shadows above and around the tank. If they pair feels threatened, then they WILL eat the fry.

Why are my discus fry dying?

Most of these deaths are caused by protazoan which attack the fry as they have no immunity, the breathe heavily, go dark and hide in the corners, dont eat etc, and die. Sometimes this is accompanied/interpreted as a fluke infestation as the symptoms are similar.

Why do discus eggs turn white?

Congrats on the spawning. If the eggs are infertile, they will turn white with fungus after a day or so. Fertilized discus eggs generally have a tan to orangish color.

How many times do discus lay eggs?

When and if the discus spawn in this stage, they will lay eggs every week for up to fifteen weeks. This cycle usually occurs twice a year and can be rigged with careful adjustment of feeding, temperature and water conditions.

What color are fertilized discus eggs?

If the eggs were fertilized they will be a goldish color. If the eggs were not fertilized they will be a white cotton like color. The white eggs will not hatch and usually the discus pair will eat the white eggs.

At what age do Discus start breeding?

Because discus fish are difficult to sex while they are still young, you may need to wait until the fish mature and they may naturally pair off on their own. Female discus fish reach sexual maturity at 12 months of age, while males take a few months more to mature.

Why do my discus keep eating their eggs?

Discus fish, when ready to breed, tend to protect their eggs. They even fan the eggs so that they are well aerated. Some of the eggs are unfertilized. The discus fish eat their unfertilized eggs as these can spread diseases to the healthy eggs.

How do you protect discus eggs from fungus?

To prevent egg fungus, it is recommended that you add a couple drops of methyl blue in the water and within around 48 hours the eggs should hatch. Within a further 72 hours they will eat their own yolk sacks and will be swimming freely.

How do you increase discus fish growth?

When you are feeding them frozen bloodworms and artemia, make sure you boil them first. After boiling the food, scatter small pieces of food across the aquarium so that any discus doesn’t have to struggle to eat the food. Young ones are to be fed every two hours. They grow more rapidly when they eat brine shrimps.

How do you fertilize discus eggs?

Try lowering your water hardness to around 100 to 200 microsiemens. The softer water should give the male plenty of time to fertilize the spawn. Keep Breeder Tank Super Clean – It’s important to keep your breeder aquarium very clean. Wipe down all the sides and surfaces when doing a water change.

Why do fish eggs get fungus?

Often, the eggs are laid where there is sufficient water flow to prevent fungus, but leaving them in the aquarium may not be possible. I have found that fungus is particularly common in water with alkaline pH, and fungus does not like low pH environments.

What does a fungal infection look like on a fish?

Fish fungus appears as gray or white patches on the skin/gills. 2. They may become brown/green (later stage) as they trap sediment.

What does fungus look like in a fish tank?

True fungal infections in fish are less common than parasites or bacteria. They typically appear as white cottony or “furry” growths on fish but can also be internal. They can be induced by substandard water quality, infected food or open wounds, but there are many other causes.

Is Pangasius catfish?

Pangasius is the scientific family name for certain types of freshwater catfish primarily found in Vietnam, Cambodia and neighboring nations. All of the species being raised in these countries are Asian catfish.

Why is Pangasius bad?

Most pangasius still comes from Vietnam, which is where the trouble arises. This fish is mainly found in the Mekong River, one of the most polluted rivers in the world. This pollution is absorbed by the pangasius, which has high levels of nitrofurazone and polyphosphates, both of which are carcinogens.

Is Catfish a cheap fish?

Catfish has always had the reputation of being a cheap option for fish fry, but it’s also an incredibly sustainable option, especially if it’s a wild invasive variety, like the Wild Blue variety from the Chesapeake Bay.