Companions For Discus

Discus Fish Disease Guide

Keeping other species of fishes with discus is a little risky. There are only a few kinds of fishes that can be kept with them and there are many people who believe that no other kind of fishes should be kept with discus. For a planted show tank, however, the action and color of a school of cardinal tetras can really enhance the image. Discus are very gentle for cichlids. They are easily intimidated. This is part of the reason that their tank mates have to be selected with special care. Another...

Maintaining The Discus Aquarium

This section deals with the necessary housekeeping involved with keeping discus. You must maintain the best water quality possible at all times if you wish to keep your fish in good health. It is often said that discus are prone to disease but this is a bit unfair. When they are healthy from the start and kept in clean water of the proper chemistry and temperature and fed properly, they are no more prone to illness than any other fish. This said, let's see what we have to do to keep them well.

Preparing For Discus37

The vertical is often a favorite spawning site in the discus community. A dark background will show your fish at their best. Black is very dramatic. Blues and reds are attractive at times, but discus seem to prefer green personal observation . Blue discus in a tank with a blue background can clash. The same goes for red fish against a red background. Use a little imagination. Printed backgrounds can be distracting. Some people like to use natural substances like cork tiles for the background. I...

Wildtype Discus

Wild Discus Belem

Hobby discus can be divided into two types. There are the wild-type discus and tank-bred varieties, or hybrids. Sometimes the wild-type are also wild-caught, but sometimes they are the offspring of pure wild stock that have not been crossed with other types of discus. There are currently two species of wild discus Symphysodon discus Meckel , with the subspecies d. discus Meckel and d. willischwartzi pineapple , and Symphysodon aequifasciatus, with the subspecies a. aequifasciatus green , a....