Inducing Fish to Spawn
Cary Strong May 18, 2002

I will make a short list of tips (in my opinion) to get pairs to spawn. Keep in mind that all discus are set in their own ways. Once you learn the personality of your discus, breeding them is not so hard! I'm sorry to say, but they are just like people! Everyone is different.

Water Ways
  1. Cold water changes of 4 to 5 degrees colder.
  2. Big water changes daily of 50%.
  3. No water changes for one week at a low pH of 5.5 - 6.0, sometimes lower.
  4. Large R/O water change.
  5. Large tap water change (if parameters are in your favor).

Parameters Way
  1. pH changes with acid or R/O, either from high to lower or low to higher!
  2. Peat moss.
  3. Conductivity change, low to high or high to low.
  4. Medications to clean up your discus to make them feel good and want to spawn.
  5. Water from a tank of discus that are breeding.

Other Ways
  1. High temperatures of 88 - 90 F.
  2. Move the pair to a new tank.
  3. Add a third discus to the pairs' tank. I prefer a female, but sometimes males work just as well. It all depends on the discus.
  4. No lights with the sides, back, and bottom covered!
  5. Direct sunlight.

The Best Way!
  1. Good, healthy discus to start!
  2. Daily water changes.
  3. Good foods and a large selection (live is great to induce spawning).
  4. Never try to rush things -- take your time and have patience.
  5. Proper parmeters for breeders!
  6. If you are able to perform numbers 1 - 5, YOU SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM BREEDING DISCUS AT ANY RATE!

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