DPH Tank of the Month
With Jon Meabe
How did you get into keeping a
Planted Discus Tank?
Ten years ago I had my
first tank . It was a 200 ltr. from a friend who changed it for a bigger
one. As I am a plants fanatic, specially to the cactus, my first idea was to
introduce acuatic plants and small fishes like guppys . But when I went to
the shop and I saw a fantastic blue turquoise discus for the first time... I
was caught onto discus fever.
What do you feel has been the most rewarding
aspect of keeping such a tank?
There are many , but for me specially it is to create a small living
world and to be able to contemplate it during hours . Also I like much to
What has been the hardest challenge for you in
keeping a Planted Discus tank and have you overcome it?
A bad moment to me was when a plague of algae invaded my
tank and I had to clear all my plants . But the hardest moment was the death
of my first discus pair.
What kind of approach do you take in maintaining
your tank the High Tech way or a more natural way?
I do not use artificial products for the water and I have only a wet dry
filter and two heaters.
What piece of advice can you give to others who
are thinking about setting up a tank like this?
I am not an expert so the only thing I can say is that if you like it and
you have a little patience you can obtain a great tank.