Common name: Red Turquoise Discus
Latin name: Symphysodon sp.
Maximum size: 22cm
Water chemistry: pH: 6.0-7.0, soft water (dH: 5-15), 26-32 C
Origin: South America, Amazon River basin.
Temperament: Peaceful. Sometimes skittish and shy.
Diet: Adults do best if fed a good quality flake or pellet food such as Hikari Discus pellets. Discus are carnivorous and require frozen or live food occasionally. Freeze dried or live black worms, grindal worms and daphnia will be relished, as will frozen bloodworms, beef heart and brine shrimp.
Discus are immensely popular aquarium subjects, available in a staggering variety of colours and patterns thanks to selective breeding. These majestic fishes require a spacious aquarium and excellent water quality to thrive. Although not recommended for beginners, Discus are a rewarding species to keep – it’s easy to see why they are sometimes referred to as the ‘king of all fishes’.
Individual specimens may vary somewhat from the picture.