Discus are among the most popular aquarium fish. Discus originate from a habitat of shaded water with branches and other dense cover and this habitat should be duplicated in the aquarium.
Like the angelfish the shape of discus fishes is uncharacteristic of the family cichlidae, to which they belong. Discus fishes are for the specialist fishkeeper, as they require highly specific water conditions: water must be soft, slightly acidic, and filter through peat.
The overall coloration of Discus will vary depending on mood and overall health of the fish. Becoming slightly territorial when breeding, it is best to breed an established pair, or maintain a group of young Discus and allow them to pair themselves. Fry are best left with the parents for the first weeks, as they feed from the parent’s skin secretions.
Tank setup: 79-86°F; pH 6.1-7.5; dH 3-5