How to maintain attachment between the Discus Fry and the Discus Pair?



After hatching, it is then time for the free-swimming fry to create an attachment with its parents to survive. Coping with the “born” stage of the fry is not easy and mind you, it can reflect on how well and patient are you as an owner. Now, let us take on the challenge and keep the fry from dying by following some helpful tips!

  • After 48 to 56 hours, the fry will gain numbers and will begin to leave their cone. This situation can be quite challenging for the Discus Pair and eventually the decision of letting the fry free is made.
  • When the fry is out of control,  it is very predictable that it will soon be scattered around the tank everywhere. This is the stage in which the fry are considered “born”.
  • When the fry is born, it is very significant to cope with all the changes. Some people consider this stage very frustrating due to the reason that there is a high possibility of failure in maintaining the survival of the fry.
  • The main goal at this point is maintaining the attachment and attraction of the fry to their parents.
  • The Discus Fish Pair will become darker than its normal coloration to be able to attract the fry.
  • Interesting fact about the fry feeding is that both parents can produce “Discus Milk” and the Discus Pair will even take turns in feeding their young.
  • The “Discus Milk” is a nutrient rich secretion of slime that will help the fry to grow faster.
  • Maintaining the attachment of the fry to their parents is very hard. There are situations where the fry become lost in the corner of the tank and be attracted to the sponge filter rather than to its parents. Lack of attachment from the Discus Pair can cause the fry to starve and die.
  • Pristine condition of the tank is the best water condition at this stage. However, performing water change with fry scattered everywhere is extremely hard. It is recommended to stop feeding the parents 24 hours after the hatch to keep the pristine condition of the tank. In addition, it is significant to keep changing the water regularly up until this stage.
  • It is best to use an airline tubing with airstone attached to avoid the fry to be suck up during the process of lowering the tank water level. One should slowly open the siphon off the water into a large gallon pail until the tank’s water level is about one half full.
  • To avoid distractions, pulling the sponge filter or wrapping it in a white cheese cloth is a must. This set up can make the Discus Pair the only dark object in the tank thus, creating attachment between the fry.
  • Adding an airline and airstone in the tank should be done if the sponge is pulled. This action can keep the tank’s air flow at a low level.
  • It is best to dim the lights and cover up a good portion of light to make the area around the cone the darkest part of the tank.
  • In all activities, having patience is helpful to avoid doing unnecessary things.

Maintaining the attachment of the fry to their parents is never easy. In some situations, the best thing to do is to ignore the tank completely and let nature take over. Bear in mind that in case of failure, a new batch will be hatched and born. As time passes, the Discus Pair can be more experience in handling the fry causing the success rate to be at a higher percentage.

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