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Scientific Name(s): Symphysodon aequifasciata
Category: Cichlid
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 15cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 260 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 48" x 18" X 18"
Water Temperature Range: 26-32°C
Water pH Range: 5.0-7.0
Water Hardness Range: 0-5 dGH

General Information: Discus are found in the tributaries of the Amazon River. They can be found in three different types of Amazonian waterway; the white waters of the Upper Amazon, the black waters of the Rio Negro, and the clear waters of the Lower Amazon. The majority of Discus are found in black water areas. They can also be found in the flood lakes on the banks where the water is very soft and acidic. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.
Tank Requirements: A tank that is high and wide as well as long is always best, (see minimum tank size). It needs to hold at least 15 Gallons per fish, when planted.
Diet Requirements: Quality Discus granules (Tetra Prima or similar), Beef/Turkey Heart mix, Brine Shrimp, Blood Worms, Prawns.
Compatibility: Quite placid and will live with fish that like warmer temps such as some Corydoras and smaller Loraciids. Even Neons and Cardinals have been with Discus as long as plenty of space is available.
Recommendations: The use of RO water is critical in keeping the pH stable and also reduces the risk of adding any contaminants. Plants are a must as these fish are very shy and need places to hide. Keep water current to a minimum or Discus will not be able to move around and will stay in one place unable to get to food or other areas.
Common Problems: Hole in the Head. Skin and Gill flukes. Fish Lice
Similar Species: Very loosely similar to freshwater Angelfish in their shape.
Sexing: In juvenile fish, determining sex is almost impossible. It is only when they begin to pair off that an opportunity arises to determine the sex.
Breeding: A separate bare tank with a breeding cone or sword leaved plant is required measuring 18 x 18 x 18. PH 6.0-6.5. Temp 32c. If eggs are fertile they will hatch about 48-72 hours.
Author(s): Anon, Fishlady | Photo: Anon | Views: 12274
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