Blue Leopard Discus, Orange Base

Blue Leopard Discus, Orange Base

Blue Leopard Discus, Orange Base

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Just as the Peony is considered the “Queen of the Flowers,” the Discus is frequently called the “King of the Aquarium Fishes,” and for the same reasons, both are grand, brightly colored, have unique shapes and are available in a great many varieties. The majestic, elegant, and lovely Discus fish earns their title by their stately elegance and noble bearing and are often considered the high point of tropical fish keeping. The stunning Blue Leopard Discus certainly earns its place in that Royal moniker with its fluorescent sky blue finely patterned striations over the brilliant orangey-red base. These colors and patterns extend to the tip of its pectoral and dorsal fins, giving the impression of speeding even while almost stopped. The tail fin is translucent with a touch of orangey pattern on the bottom edge, and the eyes are a deep burnt-orange with a black streak across it, making it an incredibly striking fish for your collection.

The Blue Leopard Discus’ quiet, flowing, and graceful natures inspire attention and exude tranquility like no other fish. Their disc shape bodies and narrow width draw in the eyes, and their finely etched patterns of blue and orange will leave you relaxed with their near hypnotic dance across your tank. Available in sizes ranging from 2.0” to 6,” these Discus are ready to step into the spotlight in your aquarium.

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4 reviews for Blue Leopard Discus, Orange Base

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    Joey G., New Iberia, LA (Verified Customer) July 7, 2021
    October 10, 2021
    Thanks for the update but I'm going to be pretty busy, The discus I received from you in my shipment are now spawning, pretty awesome! Lol yup I bough...More

    Thanks for the update but I'm going to be pretty busy, The discus I received from you in my shipment are now spawning, pretty awesome! Lol yup I bought them cause I wanted a challenge to breed, I've pretty much spawned every type of fish you can think of. But I wasn't ready to happen this fast.

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    Joey G., New Iberia, LA (Verified Customer) July 7, 2021
    July 11, 2021
    Ok keeping an eye on it not being active like the rest the two ocean green started exploring this afternoon so no worries about them. But the little w...More

    Ok keeping an eye on it not being active like the rest the two ocean green started exploring this afternoon so no worries about them. But the little white spots on German are concerning. Raised the temp a little and added a bit of aquarium salt, I try not to use meds unless it's the last resort. Thanks for being so invested in your product guaranteed repeat business from me and I will let anyone interested know about you and discus.com. From Michael: Always use Paraguard for transit-caused ammonia burns. Everything will heal within a week.

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    Chuck W., Colorado Springs, CO (Verified Customer) January 19, 2021
    February 15, 2021

    Fish are looking really good. Their colors are vibrant and they look very healthy. I’m extremely happy with this purchase!

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    Kim R., Punta Gorda, FL (Verified Customer) January 13, 2021
    January 26, 2021
    All arrived alive! Blue Leopard struggling (magnificent fish and so big!!), but dripping as fast as I dare to acclimate Thank you! I finally feel exci...More

    All arrived alive! Blue Leopard struggling (magnificent fish and so big!!), but dripping as fast as I dare to acclimate Thank you! I finally feel excited about my tank again. Gotta tell you.. these Rams are FABULOUS they are my favorite small fish. Thanks again MichaelUpdate: all are eating and happy as they can be. Thanks again.

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Every fish we sell bears our gold seal that represents the Discus.com promise to our customers. When you make a purchase with us, you are entrusting our team with shipping you a collector grade specimen of unparalleled quality, beauty, size, and heft based on our judgement accrued over 25 years of experience. We guarantee the fish you receive will match the exact fish represented in our product photos. We are the gold standard of discus. Note: our discus are always measured from tip of nose to end of tail.

 

Category Rating
Care Level: Moderate, see our Learning Center for comprehensive care.
Temperament: Peaceful
Color Form: Huge variety available
Lifespan: 15-25 Years
Adult Size: 8-12 inches
Diet: Omnivorous
Family: Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Tank Set-Up: Bare-bottom, or Intermediate
Compatibility: Often compatible



Natural Habitat for Discus

Discus are found in floodplain lakes and flooded forests of the lowland Amazon River basin and some of its tributaries, including the Rio Negro.  These areas experience extreme changes in water level due to seasonal flooding.  Discus tend to congregate near fallen trees, known as “galhadas”, along the shore.  They prefer quiet water, and are rarely found in areas where there is strong current or wave action.

Discus Water Requirements

Discus prefer warm, soft, acidic water.  pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0, with hardness between 1° and 4° dKH (18 to 70 ppm).  Temperature should be kept between 82° and 89° F. Water conditions for both wild and hybrid discus are the same. While captive bred discus can be kept in dechlorinated tap water  reverse osmosis or deionized water supplemented will ensure the the best conditions. Discus require pristine water quality, and depending on the filtration system being used, a weekly or bi-weekly water change of 10% to 25% is highly recommended. Don’t forget to treat tap water with conditioner before refilling your aquarium!  

Housing Requirements for Discus

Discus grow to be quite large, and full sized discus will require an aquarium of 50 gallons or larger when they reach adult size.  Tall aquariums are best, to accommodate their body shape.  Current should be gentle, and décor if used at all should include large broadleaf plants and driftwood that is arranged vertically to simulate downed branches and trees.  A few floating plants can also be added to provide shaded areas and cover. Substrate should be fine to medium grade and smooth surfaced, as discus like to forage along the bottom for food.

Discus Behavior/Compatibility

Discus are generally calm, peaceful fish, but as cichlids they can be aggressive toward one another, especially when attempting to pair off and spawn.  Shy or submissive fish should be removed if they are unable to compete. Most serious hobbyists do not mix their discus with too many other species. However, suitable aquarium mates include cardinal tetras, neons, emperor and rummy nose tetras, as well as clown loaches and dwarf cichlids such as rams and Apistogramma species. All of these fish tolerate the high temperatures and low pH/hardness required by discus.  

What do Discus Eat?

In nature discus eat a considerable amount of plant material and detritus, but also forage along the bottom looking for worms and small crustaceans.  They are omnivores and will thrive on freeze dried black worms, beefheart, frozen blood worms, and a variety of pellet and flake food. Frozen and live foods may be fed as treats or to help induce spawning.  For best results, rotate their diet daily and feed only what they can consume in 2 to 3 minutes, once or twice a day.

Discus Breeding Level – Difficult

Captive bred discus will pair up and spawn relatively easily, but young, inexperienced parents may eat their eggs the first few times, particularly if other fish are present.  After hatching the young feed on heavy body mucus secreted by the parents for a few days until they begin to free-swim.  Parents will transfer the young back and forth several times a day.

Q: How are your stated fish measurements conducted?

A: All measurements are made from tip of nose to end of tail. Photographs are representative of the strain or variety, and not the exact specimens that will be shipped.

Q: How do I make a purchase?

A: Every discus you see on our website is available for immediate purchase and ready to be shipped to you. Click the “Add to Cart” button on your desired products, adjust your quantities, and follow the checkout instructions. We honor all special requests. Please allow a 2-day minimum handling period for discus.

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