Discus Fish Care

About Discus Fish:

Discus Fish are the Kings of the Aquarium. Probably the most beautiful and appealing of all tropical fish, Discus Fish are also one of the most difficult tropical fish to keep.  Caring for discus fish is not recommended for beginning aquariasts. Discus Fish require excellent water conditions, frequent water changes and higher water temperatures than most other freshwater tropical fish. Most successful aquariasts who keep discus fish provide a species only tank because of the varied requirements for keeping discus fish healthy.

For Discus Fish, there are many color varieties and patterns to choose from and Rainforest Farms International is introducing new varieties of discus fish all of the time. If discus fish are of interest to you for your aquarium, contact us to discuss the how we can help you make your dicus fish experience as best as possible.  Rainforest Farms International has been breeding discus fish for over 28 years.  To see our discus fish that are currently available, click here.

Discus Fish Care Information:

Scientific Name: Symphysodon aequifasciatus

Discus Care Level : Moderate to Difficult, needs frequent partial water changes to keep water parameters at optimum levels.

Size: Up to 8 inches (15 cm)

pH: 5 – 7

Temperature: 80°F – 86°F (27°C – 30°C)

Water Hardness: 1° to 8° dH,

Life span: If well cared for, they can live for 10 years or more.

Origin: Amazon River

Discus Temperament: Very peaceful most of the time. They may become territorial when they pair off to breed.

Discus Tank Size: 30 gallon minimum, prefer tall aquariums

Discus Compatible Tank Mates: It is usually best to keep them in a species only tank because of their water requirements. Tetra Fish and Cory Catfish are sometimes kept in tanks with them and Angelfish also make good tank mates for discus fish.  There are many varieties of tropical fish that can live with discus fish.

Discus Fish Diet: Discus Fish prefer live foods.  You may need to supplement their diets with foods enriched with vitamins. For optimum health, its best to vary the discus fish diet. There are foods made specifically for Discus and we have many types of food for discus fish available for sale.

Tank Region : Middle