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PH Levels in The Discus Tank


Because it is imperative that discus fish have optimal water conditions, much has been written about this subject, This is the plan put in place to insure proper PH water levels in our hatchery.

Allnut Enterprises' breeder, Nick Lockhart of Noblesville, Indiana, has many ingenious ideas as to how to accomplish things in the hatchery. We begin our experiment with two matched pairs: two red melons, and two leopardskins. They are lovely, friendly fish, and have been getting acclimated to our tanks and the aquarist since the end of June.

Initially, we begin to prepare for the new arrivals by setting up the tanks in this manner: water was tested for PH and nitrite levels, and a proper ecosystem for active bacteria was begin by populating the tank with cichlids that Nick has been raising prior to the purchase of the discus. When we felt that the water/bacteria levels were correct, we set up the meeting with the breeder, and made the trip to Bloomington, Indiana.

Upon arrival at home base with a travel time of about an hour and a half, we immediately begin to acclimate the pairs to their new home. We were advised by the breeder to let them acclimate to the new tank water by "floating" the bags containing the fish for approximately one hour to equalize the temperatures, and to add a cup of water to the bag from the tank to equalize PH levels.

We did not, however, follow this procedure. We took approximately six hours to acclimate by adding a cup of the tank water to the bag each hour, and keeping a close eye on the discus and PH levels, because they were stressed from the trip. A Hanna PH digital meter was used for testing, which gave us a very accurate reading. As large changes in PH in a short period can shock the discus, we were careful in this approach. Our water at the time matched the water in PH levels from the breeder closely.

Because the two pair were bought for breeding purposes, Nick was not comfortable with the PH level, which at that time was at approximately 7.5, high for optimal breeding conditions of 6.5-6.9. What to do?

We had read that hanging a mesh bag of peat moss would help to lower the PH, but were not happy with the idea of having debris from the Peat in our tanks, which are kept scrupulously clean. We knew there had to be a better way to accomplish this goal.

Because Nick lives in town, and has city water, he uses a Reverse Osmosis filtering system to insure that the water is free of chemicals and suitable for the aquarium. Knowing that Peat Moss will lower the PH in an aquarium system, and having a large bag left over from making culture for Grindal and White Worms, he took a 5 gallon pail, and drilled a series of holes around the perimeter of the bottom of the pail, using a 3/32" drill. He then lined the bottom of the pail with a think layer of regular aquarium filter floss, and topped that off with a thick layer of Peat Moss, with the finished pail being about two-thirds full.

The outlet hose from the RO system was then allowed to drain into this pail. Setting the pail over the top of the holding tank, the water slowly drained down through this medium into the holding tank.

Initial test of the recycled water showed a drop in PH to below the base of 7.0. We have been adding the water to the discus tanks slowly through water changes so as to not shock the fish, and at our business meeting this weekend, Nick informed me that the PH levels in the discus tanks are now at approximately 6.6, which is the optimal level for breeding discus.

Cost of the project? If you already are using an RO system, and have a holding tank, you will spend a twenty dollar bill getting the Peat Moss and filter floss. Not bad, considering a breeding pair of dicus can run you $425 dollars!

Alden Smith is CEO of Allnut Enterprises, a diversified company, and is involved with discus breeding. His website is http://www.kingdiscus.blogspot.com


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22 Truly Low-Maintenance Pets Because a Dog Is Out of the Question  PureWow

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For aging pets, some simple changes around the home can help them be more comfortable  NOLA.com

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911 Dispatcher’s Paintings Of Pets Becomes Popular Small Business  CBS Boston

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Unusual pets: A pair of goats living it up in Boise  KTVB.com

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Pets on 2: Berkeley Animal Center – Spruce  WCBD News 2

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Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control offering new resources to find lost pets  WANE

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Horse farm in Scottsdale will soon be "dog hotel" for pets belonging to homeless  AZFamily

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Roanoke Valley SPCA expands annual fundraiser to help more pets in need  WSLS 10

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Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce? - Divorce Legal Blogs Posted by Bryan L. Salamone, Esq. | Lawyers.com  Lawyers.com Blog

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Martha Stewart says CBD for pets will be a $10B industry in 2 years  Fox Business

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Finding Better Ways to Treat Urinary and Kidney Diseases in Pets  Tufts Now

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It takes a village to get a missing pet back home  Marin Independent Journal

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N.J. pets in need: March 1, 2021  nj.com

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Pet hospice services help manage pain, anxiety and tough decisions in final days  KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com

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JoJo & Co Pet Club Offers Playspace and Care for Greenpoint Pets  greenpointers.com

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Good Day Pets – Meet Angel!  KCAU 9

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PACC: Buy a kit, get a $0 adoption fee for adult pets  KVOA Tucson News

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Regina King, Sarah Paulson and More Stars With Their Pets at the 2021 Golden Globes  Us Weekly

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Nearly 100 pets rescued from storm battered Texas arrive in Mass.  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — March 1  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Help the Norfolk SPCA fill its pet pantry shelves  WAVY.com

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Graves of nearly 600 cats and dogs in ancient Egypt may be world's oldest pet cemetery  Science Magazine

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Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Molly  TAPinto.net

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Michigan Humane takes in 17 puppies from Detroit pet owner  Detroit Free Press

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Fashion at the Golden Globes 2021: pets, diamonds and sofa style  The Guardian

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'Nobody forgot the animals': How Austin put lost, rescued pets before themselves in a crisis  Austin American-Statesman

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El Paso Animal Services takes big steps to better help pets in community  KFOX El Paso

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Adoptable Pets | Features | enquirerjournal.com  The Enquirer-Journal

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Law firm's fan account for presidential pets is 'out of the Twitter doghouse'  ABA Journal

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Pet of the Week: Cody, the birthday boy!  FOX 29

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The Simpsons: All 23 Simpson Family Pets Explained | Screen Rant  Screen Rant

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The 2021 Recipients of Pet Age's Women of Influence Awards  Pet Age

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Poison Prevention Awareness Month: When to sound the alarm for pet poisoning  KRCRTV.COM

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Global Pet Hair Care Market (2021 to 2026) - Featuring Beaphar, The Himalaya Drug Company & Petkin Among Others  Yahoo Finance

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Scooby's Big Adventure: When pets go missing, who you gonna call?  Lewiston Sun Journal

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5 situations in which pets can be used for tax breaks  KSAT San Antonio

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Dog, cat sales at pet stores might be banned unless from rescue groups  Deseret News

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Pet owners can submit photos for ‘March Meowness’  fox5sandiego.com

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Lady Gaga's dog walker posts first update since being shot in pet theft  CNET

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Oklahoma bill that would make rescue animals the State Pet passes in the House  5newsonline.com

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Little Mommas  KCBD

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Sensa is ready to jump in the car and join you on your adventures  Stockton Record

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InventHelp Inventors Develop Tool for Removing Knots from Pet Fur (BTM-2813)  Herald-Mail Media

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Pet Insurance Alternative Is Making Quality Veterinarian Care Affordable  news-herald.net

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Kids, Partners, Pets and More of the Cutest 'Dates' at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards  Yahoo Entertainment

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WATCH: Pets in Colorado have a snow day  9News.com KUSA

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19 candidates in the race for pet mayor of Fair Haven  WCAX

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Pet of the Day contacts | | wnem.com  WNEM Saginaw

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Cleveland Pet Guide: Three Must-Have Pet Items  Clevelandmagazine.com

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Pet of the Week: Layla  East Idaho News

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Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets  Buffalo News

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Adoptable pet: Meet Larry  Tallahassee Democrat

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2021 NFL Draft: “Pet Cats” by Position for the Dallas Cowboys  Inside The Star

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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Jefferson County Adoptable Pet of the Week: Dakota  GANT News

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11 best Valentine's Day gifts for your pets in 2021  NBC News

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NAWS Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Humphrey  Patch.com

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Extra food, booties and fresh water: How to keep pets warm during extreme cold  The Dallas Morning News

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Car barrels through front of south Tulsa pet grooming business  KOKI FOX 23

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PETA implores people to stop calling their animals 'pets' as it's derogatory  Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

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The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)  The New York Times

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Purity Preferred Pet CBD  Pet Age

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The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact  The Washington Post

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Pets at Home says lockdown pet bonanza will bring even higher profits  BBC News

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'My Heart Got Ripped Out': Florida Pet Shop Has 150 Birds Worth $75K Stolen  Yahoo News

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41 best products of the past year, according to 40,000 Americans  NBC News

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Pet of the Week: Skinny Tal | Local | azdailysun.com  Arizona Daily Sun

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Cleveland Pet Guide: Our March Cover Dog, Suzy, Is Living Her Best Life  Clevelandmagazine.com

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Global Pet Supplement Market to reach $822.6 million by 2027: Allied Market Research  GlobeNewswire

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 21, 2021  Summit Daily News

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Pet of the Day from the Humane Society of Cobb County  FOX 5 Atlanta

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Betty White, furry friends star in 50-year-old 'Pet Set'  Associated Press

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7 in 10 pet owners say they wouldn't have 'survived' 2020 without their animal companion  Fox News

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America's 10 Best States for Pet Lovers  TravelPulse

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Poshmark enters into the pet category  Retail Dive

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'Working from home has made my pet allergies worse': 8 things you can do right now  Yahoo Sports

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PETA implores people to stop calling their animals 'pets'  Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 28  Summit Daily News

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Children at JCC donate pet food to animal shelter  nj.com

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