Behaviour Peaceful, shoaling, territorial
Typical size 15cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Middle, all
Min Tank Size 120cm
Min Number 4
Temp Min: 26℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Frozen, live foods, dried prepared foods. A varied diet is important
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m
Discus Symphysodon sp.
  • Discus Symphysodon sp. - thumbnail
  • Discus Symphysodon sp. - thumbnail
  • Discus Symphysodon sp. - thumbnail
  • Discus Symphysodon sp. - thumbnail


Symphysodon sp.

The Discus is often referred to as the 'king of aquarium fish' and many fishkeepers dedicate their interest to keeping and breeding these fish. Because of this, there is a great degree of varied information available on the care of these fish, some sources will suggest that only the experts can keep discus correctly whilst others will state that anyone can keep them. What is fact is that they need, in the long term, to be kept in soft water, a varied diet ideally fed at least a few times a day, good general water quality, and should not be kept with boisterous or aggressive fish. On occasion, loaches and algae eaters may try to feed from the discus's mucus, causing damage to the skin, although this is relatively rare. Ideally, Discus should be kept in groups, in large aquariums with other peaceful fish with plenty of open swimming space and a few hiding spots amongst wood or plants. There are several species of Discus, although the commercially bred forms usually contain genetic histories of several species.

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Origin South America; Amazon River basin | Breeding Egglayer. Eggs are laid and fertilized on a pre-cleaned flat or smooth area. Both parents care for the eggs and fry. The young fry feed on the parent's mucus, which contains a special secretion. | Natural Water Conditions pH 4-7, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Quiet, heavily vegetated waters | Sexing Only possible during spawning

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