View Full Version : Upgrading to a bigger tank

12-01-2013, 10:58 AM
Hi all, I am new to the world of discus and currently have a 30l planted tank with couple of fishes like gourami, Cory and guppies and recently add 3 juv discus so am thinking of upgrading to a bigger tank. Hence would like to find out the process and steps of how I can safely move the occupants over to their new home. Hope experts here can give some guide in doing so!
Thanks in advance!

Nick Klimkowski
12-01-2013, 12:54 PM
What I would do is get your new tank setup and get it cycled, put some of the bacteria on the filter in the new tank from your old tank. Next I would move the plants over and maybe you should consider getting rid of the guppies and gourami. Then you can move the discus over. Cycling takes a while so take your time and don't rush it.


12-01-2013, 01:59 PM
The gourami should be kept in 75 degree water and discus in 82 plus. Keep the other fish in the 30 and add a new tank for the discus. Since you already had them mixed together move some of the filter media to the new tank to seed the new filter. Remember water changes for the discus are a must.

12-07-2013, 11:32 PM
Thanks guys! Successfully transferred them over with zero fatality. Still observing for any abnormal behaviour..

12-11-2013, 10:43 AM
The Gourami is a bad idea. I'd get rid of them or they will pick on your discus.

12-11-2013, 06:24 PM
What kind of gourami is it? That could make a big difference. Honey gourami, Kissing gourami?

12-11-2013, 08:31 PM
Hi, it's a pair of dwarf gourami, so far no sign of bullying from them.

12-11-2013, 10:13 PM
I read that no one has brought this up because it was not your question but Discus do better in larger numbers. People on SD suggest at least 5-6. I would agree with that number but I would add more is better. Your Discus may do well in a group of 3 but they will do better in a larger group.