Above: This picture
was taken by one of our crew members of one of our fish, and it shows a
premium quality Red Tiger Discus swimming
in one of our aquariums.
Discus are Cichlids, and
their ancestors lived in or very near the Amazon River
in South America.
But now of course they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums
Discus can grow to be about 6" long and
rarely even larger.
Behaviors: Discus are usually not aggressive
fish, but from time to time they can be territorial.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, other
Discus species, a few Corydoras Catfish, some small Tetras like Neons and
Cardinals, and perhaps a small Plecostomus Catfish.
here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.
Temperature: Discus live best from about 75
to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and
Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets
is best to feed to Discus. Smaller sized pellets when they're small, and larger
sized pellets when they're larger, is the ideal food for these fish.
here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
Water Conditions: These fish
prefer a pH of about 6 to 7 with low hardness.
Most water in us U.S.
has a higher pH and is harder but these fish can adapt, and so as usual
it's best not to try to change the pH or the hardness.
But it may be beneficial
to dilute their water with RO water, especially if you want to try to breed
here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Aquarium Size: Discus
will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 60-gallons
of water, but of course bigger is better.
Decor: Discus do not
need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill
with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
here for more about aquarium gravel.
are beautiful and improve the water quality, and Discus seem to love
live plants and are healthier in planted aquariums.
Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
60-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin
350B Filters, and this is sort of a minimal Discus set up.
Better is a 80, 100,
120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will
fit across the back.
here to learn more about aquarium filters.
The addition of
Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Discus can live
for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent
and feed them premium foods, and they may live for many years.
Gender: It's difficult to
tell males from females, when they're small, but when mature, the male usually
has more vibrant colors while a mature female is often plumper.
Breeding: Discus females
will lay eggs on a flat surface that they previously cleaned off.
The male will fertilize
them, and then both the male and female guard and tend to their eggs.
When the eggs hatch,
the baby Discus feed off the mucus on their parent's sides.
The water will need
to be warmer, soft and slightly acidic for best breeding success.
here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.
fish have been very popular in the aquarium hobby for a long time.
Names: The scientific
name for these Discus is Symphysodon aequifasciatus.
are many color variations of Discus in the aquarium hobby.
We hope you've enjoyed
reading these comments.
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