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Colorful Discus Fishes

Updated on March 5, 2014
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Yellow-Orange Discus

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Discus fishes are perfect in shape and color

Since when I was a young person many many years ago, the colorful discus fishes have fascinated me with their brilliant colors and dignified posture. I tried keeping them a few times in my aquarium, but the mortality rate was astonishingly great and very disappointingly fast. So this article is not about how to keep colorful discus fishes alive and healthy, but about my fascination with these colorful fishes. Frankly, I would be the least person to write about how to keep and maintain healthy colorful discus fishes. In fact, I have given up hope on being able to keep these colorful discus fishes alive in my aquarium. Now I don’t even have an aquarium.

My interest on these colorful discus fishes still remains even today. With the wonder of the internet, especially the Youtube videos, I can spend the whole day and night enjoying looking at these discus fishes, “alive and moving” on my computer screen! Being able to enjoy watching by myself is just part of the fun and thrill. It is in the sharing that the joy and satisfaction can add up to a hundred per cent. I have chosen quite a number of brilliantly colored discus fishes to share here. I have also spent quite some time selecting the more interesting Youtube videos of these colorful fishes in their full color and splendor. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I do.

Freak Discus

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A little information about these colorful discus fishes

The natural habitat of the discus fishes is in the Amazon river system, along the slow moving waters and backwaters which have plenty of river plants and wooded areas. These near-still waters are soft, warm and acidic which the discus fishes thrive on. These discus fishes are very sensitive to variations in the water constitution, and will die with a change in water temperature, and the pH value. That was why my previous discus fishes perished. I was then ignorant of the stringent water condition for these fishes. Not only did I not maintain the water temperature and pH value, I did not even get rid of the chlorine content in our piped water! Apparently the water pH value must be maintained at 6; and the water temperature must be between 82 and 86 degrees F, or 28 to 30 degrees C.

Discus fishes belong to the Cichlids group which has over 1500 different species! The original discus fishes found in the Amazon river system have only four main color groups, namely brown, blue, green and heckle (a kind of greyish black, I think). But now with commercialism, especially in Japan, there are hundreds of new hybrid discus of different colors, in varying patterns and stripes. Discus enthusiasts are now spoiled for choice. By the way, do you know there is a technical way of classifying the colors? Discus has three base colors, namely, the base, the secondary base and the stripes or last base, whatever they mean.

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Just in case you wish to keep discus in your aquarium

Discus thrive in deep water, so you would need a bigger aquarium. Matured discus measure between 6 and 7 inches. The ideal number of discus fishes for an average tank is six. Discus fishes are very sensitive to external disturbances and easily frightened. So you should have ample green plants, rocks and driftwood to provide them hiding space, as well as making the aquarium more attractive and pleasant to look at. As discus fishes are very showy, there is not a need to mix other fishes in the tank. If you wish to add some variety, then the different types of small tetra species are ideal companies.

Feeding the discus fishes is quite easy. They only required feeding once a day, with aquarium foods, frozen bloodworms or brine shrimps.

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Bright Yellow Discus

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Blue Discus

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      Justin Choo 

      3 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi peachpurple,

      Depends on where you are. Here in Malaysia, not very costly, but not easy to find suppliers. Can buy them in Penang. I think you are around my location.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, these fishes are beauty, how much they cost?

    • Good Guy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Choo 

      5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi EricDockett ,

      Hope your someday will come soon. Thanks for reading and comment.

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      Eric Dockett 

      5 years ago from USA

      I absolutely love these fish, but unfortunately my aquarium isn't appropriate for their needs. I have the Discus on my list of fish I'll have "someday" when I've got that giant tank I've always dreamed of. Beautiful Hub!

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