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The Discus - King of the aquarium and 2022 Fish Wars champion

 

In the year 2022, amidst the mesmerising world of aquatic wonders, the "king of the aquarium" finally ascended to claim its rightful crown. Among the vibrant array of fish species, the Discus emerged as the undisputed champion, consistently displaying unparalleled grace, strength, and resilience in every battle it faced. With its vibrant colours and elegant fin movements, the Discus effortlessly captivated the hearts of the fish keepers of our Fish Room Family, solidifying its position as the true ruler of the aquatic realm. Its unwavering good looks propelled it to ultimate victory, leaving us all wondering if any other fish can come close this year.

Discus fish have captivated aquarists worldwide with their vibrant colours and distinct disc-shaped bodies. Originating from the tropical waters of South America, specifically the Amazon River and its tributaries, these freshwater beauties have a fascinating history that dates back to the early 1800s. But did you know that the 'Heckel' variety of discus was first described by Dr. Johann Heckel in 1840 from the Rio Negro River basin, hence its name? Let's dive deeper into the world of discus fish, exploring their care, maintenance, and some fun facts along the way.

 

Care and Maintenance: Creating an Ideal Aquatic Home

Discus fish are not the easiest to care for, but with the proper knowledge and commitment, you can create an ideal home for these aquatic pets.

 

Water Parameters:

Discus fish thrive in warm waters, so maintain a temperature between 82-86°F (28-30°C). They prefer slightly acidic water, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Regularly test the water for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels, as these need to be kept low for the health of your discus.

 

Tank Setup:

A large tank is essential, given the size that discus fish can reach. A minimum of 50 gallons is recommended for adult discus. Decorate the tank with plenty of hiding spots using driftwood and plants. However, ensure there is enough open space for swimming.

 

Feeding Habits

Discus are primarily carnivorous and thrive on a high-protein diet. Feed them a mix of beef heart, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and high-quality pellets. Remember to feed them in small amounts multiple times a day.

 

Tankmates

Discus are peaceful fish and do well with other non-aggressive species. Cardinal tetras, rummy nose tetras, and corydoras are excellent tankmates. However, avoid keeping discus with fin-nipping species.

 

Breeding Practices

Discus fish are unique in their breeding habits. Once a pair forms, they lay eggs on a flat surface, and both parents guard the eggs. Interestingly, discus fry feed off a mucus secreted by their parents' skin.

 

Fun Facts and Anecdotes

Did you know that discus fish are often called the "King of the Aquarium" due to their majestic appearance? Or can they recognize their owners and even react to specific colours or music? These intelligent creatures are full of surprises!

 

Tips for Happy Discus Fish

To keep your discus happy and healthy, maintain clean water with regular water changes, provide a balanced diet, and ensure their environment mimics their natural habitat. With patience and proper care, discus fish can be a rewarding addition to your aquarium, enchanting you with their vibrant colours and graceful movements.

 

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