Discus Blue Diamond 7cms

Discus Blue Diamond 7cms

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The king of the aquarium, Discus fish are one of the most beautiful freshwater fish available for the home aquarium.  Peaceful, but larger than most tropical fish, these fish light up the room they are in under the right lighting.

Considered notoriously tricky to care for, but so rewarding when kept correctly, Discus fish are the pride and joy of those that keep them. (see below the main requirements)

There are many color variations available thanks to selective breeding, and interestingly it can take up to 6 years for them to reach their best colors. They can live up to 15 years, but most live for around 10 years.

They are often bred in southern Asia, but they originate from the Amazon where they populate flood plains and cling to breaks in the water flow in large schools.

 

Typical Behavior

Discus fish are very peaceful, avoiding conflict through escape and intimidation. In most tanks, they are one of the largest and brightest fish. They are a schooling fish, and in large groups can create a wall of patterns across the tank. Like all cichlids, there can be some competition in the shoal and a pecking order will be established. This means smaller fish will need to be monitored to make sure they are able to eat.

They tend to stay in the mid-levels but will rise to the top and dip to the bottom to forage; so they can easily dominate all levels of the tank. They do prefer to be free swimming but need the option to be close to cover such as large driftwood or plants in the tank.

They tend to stay in the mid-levels but will rise to the top and dip to the bottom to forage; so they can easily dominate all levels of the tank. They do prefer to be free swimming but need the option to be close to cover such as large driftwood or plants in the tank.

So what is important to keep your discus healthy and happy

These fish require higher temperatures than most fish 27-31°C. Keeping this warmer temperature will reduce stress and the chance of illness and deaths.

Amazonian water is soft and slightly acidic, with a pH between 6 and 7. The water in your aquarium needs to be de-chlorinated, and treated with formulas that neutralize your tap water. The flow should be weak, this can be broken using a spray bar or by using driftwood or ornaments.

They prefer soft to medium sediment, as they often search for food on the substrate and larger pieces could injure them as they forage.

Plants, like the Amazone Sword  or Darf Hairgrass are easy to add to your tank and provide oxygen to your fish. Plants also act as a nutrient sink, meaning drops in water quality are rarer.

What Size Tank Do Discus Need?

As these fish need to be in schools of at least 5, 180Lis the smallest tank they will thrive in although they prefer larger tanks upwards of 370L means there will be less drastic changes in water conditions and they will have the space they desire.

One Discus fish per 30L is ideal.