Back in the early eighties, when I was a small child and my father was playing around with his aquariums, Discus fish were the bane and the beauty of the freshwater hobbyist. Terribly tricky to keep alive, wild caught specimens where all that was available back then, and there just wasn’t a ton of great information about them. They also can in two colors, brown with black stripes, and turquoise with black or brown. That was it, but today, there are more varieties than I ever thought possible, and keeping them is easier than ever!
Varieties of Red Discus
There are quite a few beautiful red Discus fish out there, the Red Marlboro being my favorite, followed closely by the Red Melon. The Red Passion and the Tangerine Dream are also gorgeous specimens, many boasting unusual patterns of staggering diversity. The Red Pigeon Blood is a favorite of aquarists, and aside from being quite striking fishes they are also easier to find than some of the rarer breeds and colors.
Varieties of Blue Discus
Far from the same old turqs of the past, these Discus fish are an amazing ocean of brilliant shades. The Blue Diamond, the High Body Blue, with their yellow eyes, are a wonderful view in a fish tank. The modern “wild look” Discus is also a brilliantly colored fish and is nothing like the muddy fishes of the past. There are even a few spotted varieties of blue Discus, such as the Blue Scorpion, and the Blue Snake Skin, that attract aquarists from all over.
Varieties of Spotted Discus
There are literally more spotted colors than one could possibly count, the Snow Leopard, one of the most expensive fishes on the market, will blow your mind, and the graceful White Butterfly glides through a tank mush like a small finned ghost would. The aggressively spotted Dragons, in all of the colors they come in will cut through a tank and catch all eyes, and the unusual patterns of the Snake Skin Discus fish will be sure to discus fish charter spark a conversation anytime someone spots one in your fish tank.
The Green Ruby Spotted is one of my all time favorites, and the Green Snake Skin is a fantastic fish to watch. Few aquariums boast the brilliance of a school of Yellow Master Discus fish, and the Spotted Lemon Peel, though extremely rare, is worth the hunt to add to your aquarium.
You can start by rinsing everything that will go into the tank including the tank, gravel, decorations and plants. Add the gravel to the tank and fill the tank half full with water. Place the filter, decorations, plants and heater in the tank followed by filling up the water after removing the chlorine from it. Start the filter and adjust the temperature to 80 degree F and slowly add in your fish.
To provide shelter for the breeding pair you can add some potted plants kept in bare tanks but benefit from plants and bog wood, as they help in keeping the discus feeling safe knowing they have some place to hide. You could also use some sponge filter for the filtration system in order to handle the biological load. To pick up any kind waste in the water you can use an outside power filter.
So, take out some time to gain insight and knowledge about how to care and look after a discus fish aquarium. Learn how to treat discus well, provide proper and timely diet, maintain correct water temperature and water chemistry, take care of any diseases coming up, and at the end of the day you will be rewarded with a discus fish aquarium with some of the finest fish to boast about!