How hard are Discus to care for?
I currently have a 40-gallon aquarium that has been established for about 2 years. I have 3 Angel Fish, 3 cory cats, and a grouping of 10 tetras(which includes Prestillas, Black Widows and Lemon Tetras). I am going to start a 65-gallon one soon and transfer my current fish over and was thinking about Discus. How many Discus is good to start with? Are they really much harder than Angel Fish to care for? Are they really such a fussy fish that you have to drain a aquarium DAILY like I've read? Should I worry about my PH? I know that they like really low PH(about 6.0). My PH is at about 7.5, I use a Marineland Magnum 350 canister filter, I drain 25% every week, and have not had any unusual trouble since my aquarium has cycled. I currently use plastic and silk plants, but plan to have real plants in the new aquarium. I feel that I keep my aquarium clean and disease free.
They are such a beautiful, graceful fish and I am just fascinated by them. But I do have several concerns that I hope can get settled by other aquarists. My main concern after reading various books, magazines, and the internet is caring for them and cost. I have been reading conflicting information. I know discus cost about $35 apiece and would hate to lose them after spending so much on them due to my lack of skill in caring for them. Some say that they are really easy, then it goes to the other extreme, that only a experienced aquarist should keep them.
Thanks for any information! Shelley