Most people tend to think that the first thing that needs to be done when getting ready to keep or breed discus fish is to set up the aquarium tank. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The aquarium is not going on the floor is it? So, the first order of business is a suitable stand for your aquarium to sit on. Some things to consider when deciding on an aquarium stand are; what it’s made of, its size, and how high it is.
What it’s made of:
When selecting a proper stand for the aquarium that is going to be the home for your discuss fish, it is very important to consider what it is made of. You can go with traditional wood, iron or even plastic depending on how big an aquarium you plan to have and how many discus fish you plan on having in there. Many discus fish breeders who are specifically going to breed discus fish generally opt for the iron model for the aquarium stand. This is because generally speaking, it is strong enough to support two shelves, one on the top and one on the bottom, so that you can have two aquariums and save space. However, if you are simply keeping discus fish for your own enjoyment then a wooden model might be better for you. Wooden models generally come with some sort of drawer/small closet space which goes under the aquarium, where you can keep the supplies needed for caring for your discus fish somewhere that is easily accessible.
It is also very important to remember that the material that the stand is made out of needs to be strong enough to support the tank, the water, the decorations and the fish itself. Water is heavy, you need to multiply the number of gallons in your tank by 8.3 pounds and that will tell you how heavy just the water is.
Of course when preparing for your aquarium, you need to have a stand which is large enough to handle the aquarium itself. If you are planning on only having a display tank then you will need a stand that will hold a tank which is no smaller than 120 centimeters by 40 centimeters by 50 centimeters. If you are planning on having a breeding tank, then you want you stand to be able to hold an aquarium that should be no smaller than 48 centimeters by 30 centimeters by 30 centimeters. As long as you have a stand which is big enough to house those minimal size tanks, you should be good to go.
How high it is:
This may not seem like such an important factor for your aquarium stand, but it actually is very important to decide on how high your stand should be. Discus fish can be quite picky in terms of how high up they like to be. Adult discus tend to like to be at least thirty to thirty-six inches off the ground. This is so that they can see your face, and also because they don’t like vibrations that much. If the tank is too close to the floor, the adult discus won’t be able to see your face, and may become jumpy and nervous. If the tank is too high up, the tank will receive more vibrations, and the adult discus don’t like that either.
Baby discus give the impression that they are more comfortable closer to the floor. So if you are willing to go the extra mile, you may consider keeping baby discus and adult discus separate, one closer to the floor, and the other higher up.