TO BE OR NOT TO BE.? THAT IS THE QUESTION!
By Jim E. Quarles.
I love old shaky spear. He had a way with Beacon's words. Ha ha ha. But
you ask what is this nut talking about. What I refer to is, to become
successful in your hobby of discus keeping and to be happy and mostly
worry free! Or not to be successful and not so happy about your hobby
I have noticed that as beginners, people who start with discus soon
find the time worn information about their requirements; Clean Water, Good
Healthy Food, and proper tank conditions with regard to other fish that
can be kept with them, and in general keeping both the water proper and
the tank clean at all times, to be true.
This is good, I repeat, good. But as they become a little more involved
with the hobby they start hearing from others who are slightly more
(advanced?) than themselves that it is alright to ignore some of the
conditions it has taken since 1845 to learn and that has lead to the most
successful programs for keeping and breeding these fish.
If you read a lot of the postings on the INTERNET and talk forums you
will see all kinds of three and four or even five year " Experts
" spewing a lot of nonsense about how you can ignore the ph, and how
beefheart is damaging to your fish, and lots of other phony statements. In
fact, if you take the time you can find that these " self styled
experts " claim all kinds of success with all kinds of strange or
crazy ideas that deviate from the accepted norm.
My advice is don't fall for all the claimed nonsense, stick to the
tried and proven true methods used by the real discus experts not the
Johnny come lately's. You will enjoy your hobby more and your fish will
live longer and healthier lives.