How To Make
By Jim E. Quarles
After keeping discus for well over fifty years, ( mostly healthy )
without wonder cures. I get a little concerned when I read a lot of
nonsense both in print and on the Internet about hobbyists who advocate
the use of chemicals and large doses of vitamins on discus for
These people mean well I am sure, it must be that they just have not
been willing to accept the fact that untried and unproven mixtures in the
discus tank almost always leads to death or disfigurement of the fish
which result form breeding fish exposed to what I refer to as DISCUS SOUP.
Some people I know seem to think they are chemists and that unless
their fish are regularly exposed to some kind of chemical or antibiotic
they are doing their hobby wrong. In most cases all that would be required
to produce and have happy healthy discus is to make sure the quality of
their water is the best they can manage and the selection of food is
considered next in importance to water parameters.
I recently read an article posted to a talk forum, where a person was
trying to change the status of culls or runts by the use of massive
amounts of vitamins then selling the victims of such experiments to people
who were buying discus from them.
LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT ONE THING.
Parasites and Bacteria are as natural in tropical fish as water is sure
to flow down hill when poured out. In fact parasites and bacteria are
required to sustain life as most creatures know it.
The only time a hobbyist needs to be concerned with parasites or
bacteria in their discus is if they become the cause of a specific disease
or poor health condition. The Key word is (specific) disease or health
problem. Not a shotgun treatment when you have no idea what you're
treating for ( which I have found to be about 98 % ) of the cases I have
The beginner in the discus hobby must be very careful that they are
getting the factual and proven information that will make their entry into
the hobby both enjoyable and long lasting. Don't believe anything you hear
unless you can compare it to what is actually known about fish keeping and
please become aware by reading a wide selection of books on the subject
rather then picking up information on the Internet and discus forums.
After all, you don't know beans about the person posting the advice you
get. Some are quite experienced hobbyist. But a lot are not, but pretend
to be after only a short time or no time in the hobby.
There is no chemical cure for making or keeping discus healthy, you
will never find discus health in a bottle or pill. Discus health comes
from simple common sense treatment of the fish. I like to call it ( Kiss )
( keep it simple stupid ). Clean water changed frequently, good food, and
super clean living conditions for the fish will take care of 99 % of the
problems before they occur.
Then if you should encounter a problem, find out the Specific cause
before treatment and use the simplest method that will stand the best
chance of success in restoring the fish to health.
But for those who must make Discus Soup. Just add the following to your
tanks and I can assure you the parasites and bacteria will be gone along
with the fish.
Warning: the formula below will
kill your fish
THE FORMULA FOR DISCUS SOUP FOR
THOSE WHO JUST
CAN'T RESIST PLAYING CHEMIST.
In concocting this mixture you need not pay too much attention to the
exact amounts you add, since the fish will suffer and die quickly anyway.
A tad of the following for non-specific reasons.
Acriflavine, Copper sulfate pentahydrate, formaldehyde, furazolidone,
gentamycin, Kanamycin, Malachite green, methylene blue, metronidazole,
Nitrofuracin green, nitrofuranazone, penicillin vk 250,Sulfa 4 tmp powder
Tetracycline hydrochloride. And don't forget a very large dose of human
The above will do nicely for those who just must be adding stuff to
keep their fish healthy and free of parasites. I am sure others out in
discus land can add to the list above.
Please people just keep it ( KISS ) Don't fall into the trap of the
phony experts and risk your own health and certainly the health of your