Discus For Sale
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Kellyville Pets has a the best and largest range of discus fish for Sale in Sydney. Our Discus fish types includes Eruption Discus, Red Pigeon Discus, Alenquer Discus, Diamond Discus, Pearl Discus, Leopard Discus, Butterfly Discus, Golden Discus, Melon Discus, Rafflesia Discus and Snake Skin Discus.
Our Fish experts can also offer you advise on Discus keeping, Discus breeding, Discus fish care and help you keep your Discus healthy.
Discus Scientific Name: Symphysodon
Discus Common Name: Discus
Discus Size: 20- 25cm
Discus Diet: Omnivore
Discus Water Type: Fresh
Discus Optimum pH Level: 5.5 - 6.5
Discus Life Span: 8- 20 years
Discus Fun Fact: One of the only schooling Cichlids!
Colloquially known as Discus, is a genus of Cichlids native to the Amazon river basin. Due to their distinctive shape and bright colors, discus are popular as freshwater aquarium fish, and their aquaculture in several countries in Asia is a major industry.
All Symphysodon species have a laterally compressed body shape. However, extended finnage is absent giving these fish a more rounded shape. It is this body shape from which their common name, 'discus', is derived. The sides of the fish are frequently patterned in shades of green, red, brown, and blue. The height and length of the grown fish are both about 20–25 cm.)
Discus are known to be fussy about the water conditions in artificial habitats and are not for the inexperienced keeper. In their natural environment, Discus inhabit soft, acidic, and very warm waters, where there is less competition from other Fish.
Unlike many other Cichlid species, the Discus is a very sociable Fish and is often found in large groups (known as schools), in their native habitats. Living in these large groups means that the Discus displays very advanced behaviour for a Cichlid, as other species are not schooling Fish. Discus are generally mild mannered but are known to become aggressive within their pair bonds, or when defending their young or territory.
These fish are considered a higher tier level of care and requirement; they are not for the beginner aquarist.
They can be housed with almost any other fish as long as they require the same water conditions and are not at all aggressive. They do best with small tetra’s, neon’s being the most common compliment to a school if discus. Having this range of sizes can be quite aesthetically pleasing and the fish will co-exist happily.
Discus are usually kept in a planted tank with CO2 injection due to them favouring of a slightly lower pH of around 6.8. They enjoy plants and will feel right at home with a mixture of longish stems and lower foreground plants. Driftwood is a great idea, it will add to the beauty of the aquarium and it will also soften the water and lower the pH.
For the best colouration of your grown discus you will need to feed them a varied diet, granules are usually the best as they prefer to feed from the middle of the tank, they are not as fond of feeding at the surface. Bloodworms in a small feeder cone are great, and beefheart will go down very well. The only problem with beef heart is it can pollute the tank so be sure to do regular maitenance.
Discus will readily reproduce in the aquarium but you may need to dedicate months, even a year (if you start out with juveniles) to the prospect.
First of all, a Discus pair will not breed in an aquarium that is too small. You will need a depth of at least 15 inches due to their tall shape. Therefore 36 inches x 18 inches x 18 inches aquarium would usually bethe smallest suitable standard aquarium for a breeding pair.
Make sure the temperature is above 27.7c, it needs to be a warmer climate to try and hoax them into mating behaviour. Make sure you keep the pH as close to 6.5 as possible and keep the water as soft as possible. Soft water will not be a good buffer and so it is important to check the water every now and then to make sure there is no significant drop. You will need to keep nitrates at a minimum by performing water changes every week and siphoning out the waste. About 30-50% will be perfect.
For feeding during breeding, protein rich food will be the best, you will want to use a large array for the best results. Professional breeders use beef heart but this should also be combined with bloodworms and some vegetable matter such as spinach. To keep them in good health use some high grade tropical flakes every now and then to supply them with the required nutrients and vitamins they may be lacking.
For the best results place an upturned clay pot or cone in the tank or anything that is fairly tall. This will be there spawning medium when they lay there eggs. Make sure whatever you use is thoroughly washed and will not seep nasties. The discus will begin cleaning the medium in preparation. If they have not yet, make sure your water quality is perfect and you are feeding them well. It is at this stage that your water must be soft as the eggs will develop a hard impenetrable shell in hard water.
This stage will take the longest, you need to be patient waiting for your discus to breed. But when they do, they will lay eggs every week for up to fifteen times! this cycle usually occurs twice a year, so that means they will breed for more than half the year. It is rewarding when you get them to this stage.
The eggs will then be laid on whatever you have put out for them. They will look after them by constantly fanning them for aeration and picking off the unfertilized eggs to eliminate the chance of disease. The eggs will hatch within 48 hours. When the eggs hatch you will not have to feed them as they feed off the secretion of their mothers scales. After a couple of days they will be free swimming at a remarkable level and growing very fast.
If you leave the fry with there parents they can become very aggressive and start to rip scales off their parents as they become older. When they are about a week old, take the parents out for the safety of their health and raise the young with your own food.