Riverpark Aquatics

Blue Diamond Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus)

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Our Guide To Keeping Discus Fish

  1. About Fish Species:

    • Scientific name: Symphysodon aequifasciatus
    • Common name: Discus Fish
    • Family: Cichlidae
    • Origin: Amazon River Basin in South America
    • Adult length: 20 cm
    • Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
  2. Tank Setup:

    • Discus Fish prefer a spacious tank with plenty of swimming space. A minimum tank size of 200L is recommended for a small school of these fish.
    • Provide ample hiding places and areas with dense vegetation to mimic their natural habitat. They appreciate plants like Amazon Sword, Java Moss, and driftwood for shelter.
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Discus Fish thrive in soft, acidic to slightly alkaline water conditions with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5.
    • Keep the water temperature between 27 to 30°C (80 to 86°F).
  4. Filtration and Water Flow:

    • A moderate water flow is suitable for these fish, so choose a filter that provides gentle to moderate flow.
  5. Diet:

    • Discus Fish are omnivores and will accept a variety of foods. Offer them a balanced diet consisting of high-quality flake or pellet food as a staple.
    • Supplement their diet with live or frozen foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and beef heart mix to provide essential nutrients and mimic their natural diet.
  6. Tank mates:

    • Discus Fish are peaceful but can be territorial during breeding. They are best kept in a species-only tank or with peaceful tank mates like cardinal tetras, rummy nose tetras, and dwarf corydoras.
  7. Behavior and Compatibility:

    • Discus Fish are known for their social behavior and form strong bonds with their tank mates.
    • They are sensitive to water conditions and stress, so regular water changes and a stable environment are essential for their well-being.

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