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Discus Fish

Updated on March 16, 2013

Keeping Discus Fish

Discus fish has been my favorite type of aquarium fish since I ve seen them for the first time. But they are really hard to keep. You need to spend time and money if you want to maintain a Discus fish aquarium at home. This lens is for those who are fascinated by this beautiful fish and willing to spend time and money to keep them.

They have not just pretty colors but also very smart fish. Discus fish are shy naturally but if you train them properly you will have a fish tank which spellbound every person who come to your house. You have to treat them well and pay attention and in return you will have the most beautiful aquarium fish in the world. If not they will be sad and moody and they will look dark and ill.

Discus FIsh Aquariums

I think these videos show why Discus fish is known as the king of Aquariums fish.

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Origin of Discus Fish

There are 3 species of Discus fish in wild, the common discus, the Heckel discus, Symphysodon tarzoo. All these 3 species are from South America .They inhabit margins of floodplain lakes and rivers in the Amazon but in 3 different countries, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Wild Discus are seldom can be found in Aquarium shop and also very hard to keep in domestic tanks. You must have years of experience keeping Discus fish before trying Wild Discus fish.

These days almost all Discus fish you see in pet shops are hybrids which are select bred for generations. Wild Discus do not have all those flashy colors and spots.

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Buying Discus Fish
Buying Discus Fish

Buying Discus FIsh

You need to be ultra careful when you buy discus fish. These guys are not like other fish. You must make sure have are going to buy healthy fish. There are couple of things you can check.

  • Make sure Discus fish are active. Never buy those un-moving fish which stay back of the tank
  • Don't buy if they look dark. most of the time it means they are depressed
  • Buy Juveniles. If you are new to Discus fish then its better than buying Adult Discus
  • Buy from Discus Breeder rather than Pet shops
  • Check their alertness and responsiveness.

Discus Fish
Discus Fish

Water Changes

One of the most troublesome things about keeping Discus fish is they need very frequent water changes. If you need your baby Discus fish to grow fast and healthy then you need to do a 50% water change everyday ! Some Discus breeders do 2 water changes a day. It sounds crazy and I have no idea the reason for this but this is something you must do to keep them happy and healthy. This is why its better keep them in bare bottom tanks. Easy to do water changes and clean ups. Their growth stop after 2 years and they become adults. after that you can stop daily water changes but still you need to change at least 25% of water in every 2 - 3 days.

Wild Discus Fish
Wild Discus Fish

Wild Discus Fish

There are 4 types of Discus fish live in wild but only in South America. These wild Discus fish are known as Heckel Discus, Green Discus, Brown Discus and Blue Discus. They are rare and expensive Discus fish only expericed discus fish keeper can keep. All other beautiful Discus fish types are hybrids of these 4 wild Discus fish types.

Jutai Green Full Red Spotted Discus fish (Wild Discus Fish)

This is Symphysodon tarzoo or Jutai Green Full Red Spotted Discus fish. A Wild Discus fisn type found in the western Amazonian region.

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    • adragast24 profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens, I liked it. I don't know much about fish and did not know about the discus fish but I agree that it is a beautiful fish.

    • moneyrat profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Countryluthier: I had Black Widow Tetra years and years ago when I had this Tetra aquarium. Along with other types like Neon tetra, Serpae Tetra etc.

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      E L Seaton 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      I'm just a black tetra guy. Those are some beauties. Some day in the fish future, I may just consider these. Great lens there MR.

    • moneyrat profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @InfoCoop: They they are graceful. They don't swim around the tank like gone crazy. Also when they get used to you always come front of tank when someone is near by. They would stay there still you walk away or feed them !

    • InfoCoop profile image


      5 years ago

      They are so graceful and pretty. I bet watching these for a bit could have a very calming effect.

    • moneyrat profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @LiliLove: Yeah Not many have heard of Discus fish before they are too expensive to buy and hard to keep, So only fish pet shops have these beautiful fish. Also serious Discus fish keepers only buy them from breeders.

    • LiliLove profile image


      5 years ago

      I never heard of this fish before. It's lovely :)!

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      I love this fish too, great lens :)

    • Carpenter76 profile image


      5 years ago

      What a lovely fish that is :)

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed learning about discus fish and the videos were helpful. Thank you.

    • jayavi profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens. great work i like Discus fish very much and nice video

    • norma-holt profile image


      6 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Gayle Dowell 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      My Dad had a huge fish tank when I was growing up. After I left home, he built a backyard pond where he has koi fish.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      These fish are beautiful. =)

    • moneyrat profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @norma-holt: Yes. true. I will add details about problem of taking fish out of their natural habitats. Also their methods how they do it.

    • norma-holt profile image


      6 years ago

      Nicel done lens on this topic. In my past fish were imported for my shop but many died because the rivers are often poisoned to make the fish sick so they can be caught,. In Asia they often use explosives to stun the fish before scooping them uo for the trade. Perhaps you should mention something about the dirty side of this trade as well. Now it is beyond me to keep any animal in a small container, particularly fish. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs.

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      FallenAngel 483 

      6 years ago

      Pretty fish. Think I will stick to my goldfish though those guys are so much easier to keep.

    • Tennyhawk profile image


      6 years ago

      Never heard of these little babies before. Good to know.

    • maryLuu profile image


      6 years ago

      I never knew these fishes exist!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These look very beautiful. But I already know that me owning fish is not healthy for them. If these are hard to keep, it would be a disaster. It's good that you are warning people ahead of time about the effort to keep these alive.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      They are very decorative, I like them...

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      Such gorgeous fish.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Cool looking fish.

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      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful fish. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rosaquid profile image


      6 years ago

      These are lovely fish. Thank you for the lens!

    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      Why do you like discus? Are they particularly pretty?

    • moneyrat profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @tfsherman lm: I think they are the most beautiful fresh water aquarium fish. Also they are very smart and elegant. They even have moods !

    • moneyrat profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @DuaneJ: I do have one tiger Oscar too. He is old now kind of 7 years an having a back problem. I used to have school of tigerbarbs, green tigerbarbs and goldbarbs but there is only one goldbarb left, xD

    • DuaneJ profile image


      6 years ago

      Good information here. I love fish...Oscars are my favorites and I have two large ones. I find them easier to keep and they are also very emotive. I have a smaller aquarium with tiger barb and pink zebra danios and a red tail shark. They are tiny at the moment. You could add some 'discus' aquarium videos from youtube and introduce some discus keeping guides from Amazon.


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