Dealer's Choice Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus), Tank-Bred
PLEASE NOTE: The photos on this listing are representative of this variety, not photos of the exact fish that you will receive. Though they are part of a common color variety, each specimen is one-of-a-kind in coloration.
While we cannot guarantee an exact color pattern, we typically have a variety of colors for this fish. We are unable to give pictures of each individual fish at this time. After ordering, you are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your color request and we will do our best to accommodate you! Please include your order number in the email.
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The Discus is hailed by many as "the king of freshwater aquarium fish" due to its incredible coloration, graceful demeanor, and unique body shape!
The Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) is one of the most popular and coveted fish in the aquarium hobby. This gregarious Amazon species has been developed into many spectacular color varieties through generations of selective breeding by expert aquarists. While it is a cichlid, the Discus is not typical of its family in many aspects, such as its body shape and general temperament. The Discus has traditionally been considered a very difficult species to keep, but due to modern aquarium technology, generations of breeding, and acclimation to a relatively wider range of water parameters, it is now much less challenging if a few basic needs are meant.
The Discus will thrive in a heavily planted aquarium with driftwood and/or rock formations and gentle water flow. It is somewhat reclusive and strongly prefers the cover of plants. Due to its body shape, is not as likely to seek refuge in rock caves and similar structures. Slow to moderate water flow is necessary. The Discus is generally compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of space. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Discus. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether unless the aquarium is very spacious. Some major requirements for the Discus are that it generally requires warmer, lower-pH water than many other tropical species. Our Assorted Discus are bred and kept in 6.5 pH, 82-86° F (28-30° C), 1-4° dKH water.
When healthy, the Discus is a voracious omnivore. It should be fed a variety of live, frozen, and dry foods. It is not much of a fish eater, but will feed on a variety of krill, shrimp, bloodworms, and other invertebrate-based meaty foods. It must also have a good deal of vegetable matter, such as spirulina, spinach, and peas, in its diet.
We are currently offering 2+ inch (5+ cm) juvenile specimens of this magnificent fish. All of our discus are quarantined extensively and feeding very eagerly before they are available for purchase. We also do not mix newly-received specimens with existing specimens.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Very elegant appearance and behavior
- Extra tall body shape
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Excellent centerpiece fish for the heavily planted aquarium
- Seemingly endless color varieties
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 82° - 86° F (28° - 30° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 6.5
- KH: 1 – 4 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 75 gallons for a breeding pair. A larger tank is required for a group. The tall body shape of this fish must be considered regarding the height of its tank.
- Diet: Omnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live foods with invertebrate and vegetable matter is necessary for optimal health and coloration.
- Social behavior: Shoaling. Generally peaceful, but can be territorial during spawning.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Amazon River basin
- Average adult size: 6 inches (15 cm) diamater, although larger growth is possible in optimal aquarium conditions
Average purchase size: Juvenile - 1-1.5 inches (2.5–3.8 cm), Subadult - 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm)
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