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Symphysodon 'blue turquoise'

A variety of discus with enhanced blue coloration on the body. Some red markings are present on the fins and face. While fish somewhat like fish of this type do occur in the wild, the brilliant blue specimens offered for sale are artificially selected and tank-bred.

Discus are uniquely shaped cichlids and considered by many to be among the most handsome of all freshwater aquarium fish. They are peaceful and sociable, and must be kept in groups, preferably six or more.

While some aquarists keep them with very peaceful companions such as cardinal tetras, hatchet fish, and Corydoras, they are perhaps more often kept in single species tank. Discus need excellent water conditions, in particular low nitrate and phosphate levels, and the water must be soft and acidic.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Relatively peaceful, but can be territorial when breeding. Otherwise they enjoy being in groups, and if kept alone tend to be rather shy.

These fish are famous for being among the few fish that provide food for their offspring. Once the fry are free swimming, they 'graze' mucous from the flanks of the parents. After a week of this, the fry will also take newly hatched brine shrimp and liquid fry food.

Family Group: Discus
Distribution Brazil
Temperature The ideal temperature range is 25-30C
Size Approx 14cm
Water Parameters Preferred water conditions are soft and acidic
Water PH The pH should be less than 7, ideally around 6.

Useful sources of information:

The Aqualog Special "Majestic Discus" is a great way to find out more about these wonderful fish. To buy a copy of this book click here


Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Lee Valley Aquatics Essex EN9 2PA View shop
Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop
Aquahome Aquatic Centre Lancashire PR25 5XW View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop

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