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Discus Care Sheet

Symphysodon aequifasciatus

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Estimated Size: 8 to 10 inches
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years


In general Discus eat small insects found in their habitat such as larvae, inverts and fry. Consult your local pet store for information regarding choosing a specific brand of fish food, however Discus have no special requirements.

In the wild, Discus are found in the slow moving waters of the Amazon River system. These waters tend to be warm with little current to toss them around. Keep this in mind when designing a habitat for them. They will require a good filtration system just beware that it does not move the water around too much as that will disturb your Discus.

Behavior and Temprament

If you keep less than 5 Discus together you run the risk of them bullying on the weakest one. This is a very dangerous situation that can certainly lead to serious injuries in your fish. If you have 6 or more Discus together they tend to not pick on one fish in particular.

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