An artifical form bred to resemble good quality wild-caught fish, this variety makes a good choice for aquarists after specimens to include in a South American biotope aquarium. The overall colour is olve green, with bright blue and red markings being present on the face and the anal and dorsal fins. The eyes are red. Depending on the mood of the fish, a series of thin vertical bands may also be visible.
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.
|Temperature||The ideal temperature range is 25-30C|
|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:
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