by Blake on December 14, 2010 at 9:05 am
Nature Aquarium: Complete Works 1985-2009 takes you on a journey through over two decades of the most innovative and breathtaking designs from nature aquarium pioneer Takashi Amano. In this collection of works from the world-renowned aquarist, over 200 vibrant, full-color photos display the captivating beauty of nature aquariums while providing detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create your own aquatic masterpiece. Along with expert advice on plant and fish selection, water chemistry, and maintenance, the author includes essays outlining aquarium aesthetics and his own personal design philosophies to inspire readers to create their own harmonious and tranquil nature aquarium designs.
The Real Pleasure of Keeping Discus in a Large Aquarium
Although the vividly colored hybrid discus is attractive, the wild original species also has a big appeal. Generally speaking, the wild strain is more timid than its artificially bred hybrid counterpart. It tends to calm down better if an aquarium offers driftwood and aquatic plants where it can seek refuge. It becomes accustomed to a new environment and settles down more quickly if its environmental condition is kept as similar to the natural habitat as possible. For this reason, Nature Aquarium created in a large aquarium is more suitable for wild discus. However, keeping discus in a layout has its own difficulties. When a discus is introduced in an aquarium at first, it hides behind driftwood and does not come out to swim gracefully in an aquarium. Under such conditions, its body color darkens to blend into the shade. Although feeding can sometimes be effective for getting it acclimated to the aquarium environment as quickly as possible, it does not take well to artificially prepared food initially. It may be necessary to devise some special measures to entice them, such as giving some bloodworms along with prepared food at the risk of fouling water, or putting other fish in the aquarium in the hope that discus will follow them to come out of hiding. After overcoming many difficulties and becoming accustomed to the aquarium environment, a discus not only graces the aquarium by regaining its beautiful colors, but it also starts to show its natural behaviors, such as spawning on driftwood. That will greatly add to the joy of keeping this fish. The real pleasure of keeping wild discus in Nature Aquarium is to bring out their natural beauty and behaviors by perfecting the habitat environment in an aquarium.
Excerpted from the book Nature Aquarium: Complete Works 1985-2009 by Takashi Amano (pgs. 56-57). ISBN: 9780793806492. ©2011 TFH Publications, Inc. Used with permission.