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Re: Filterless Discus
Arthur wrote, in part:
<< Bill, have you in fact raised discus without
filtration or significant water changes? I would be
interested to hear about your direct experience. >>
I have a heavily planted 29 with 12 angelfish in it, body size averaging
about a silver dollar in diameter. Four dime sized fish added in October
have also grown to that size. I've had several spawnings, and a pair of blue
rams in that tank have also spawned.
I don't check for ammonia-nitrites-nitrates but the fish are healthy and
active, and the plants are growing. That's all I need.
I have to admit that I added a small sponge filter in the winter. Its
bubbles create a little water movement, which prevents water stratification.
I'll probably remove it now that it's warmer and the heater won't be on. I
also change about 10 percent of the water every four weeks or so, while
There are a lot of different ways to be successful in this hobby. I've heard
people describe approaches that I "knew" had to fail, and yet they were
successful. I've given up arguing and tried to learn from them.
If you want to filter your aquariums, then go do it. I bet you're doing very
well. Other people take other approaches. They do pretty well also.
Continued good luck!