Brilliant Blue Turquoise Discus

Brilliant Blue Turquoise Discus


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Once upon a time, there was a girl named Lily who had a blue blanket that she cherished more than anything else in the world. It was soft and warm, and it made her feel safe and loved. Her mother had given it to her when she was just a baby, and she had slept with it every night since.

Lily grew up, but she never outgrew her love for the blue blanket. As a teenager, she would still curl up with it on the couch and watch movies with her family. And when she went away to college, she took the blue blanket with her, even though it was frayed and faded from years of use.

In college, Lily fell in love with a boy named Jack. He was charming and funny, and he swept her off her feet. They spent all their free time together, and Lily was happier than she had ever been.

One day, Jack surprised Lily with tickets to a concert in a nearby city. They packed their bags and set off on a road trip, with the blue blanket in tow. They had the time of their lives at the concert, singing and dancing along with the music.

But on the way back, disaster struck. They got into a terrible car accident, and Lily was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. She was in a coma for weeks, and when she finally woke up, she learned that Jack had not survived the crash.

Devastated and alone, Lily clung to the blue blanket for comfort. It was the only thing she had left of Jack, and it reminded her of the happy times they had shared together. She wrapped herself in it and cried for hours, mourning the loss of her beloved.

Years went by, and Lily grew older. She got married and had children of her own, but she never forgot about Jack or the blue blanket. She kept it in a special box, and whenever she felt sad or lonely, she would take it out and hold it close.

One day, when Lily was an old woman, she was cleaning out her attic when she came across the blue blanket. It was even more frayed and faded than before, but it still held all the memories of her youth and the love she had shared with Jack.

As she sat there, tears streaming down her face, Lily realized that the blue blanket had been with her through every up and down in her life. It had been her constant companion, her source of comfort, and her reminder of the love that had been lost.

And even though she could never have Jack back, she knew that the blue blanket would always be there to wrap her in its soft embrace and bring her a little bit of peace in the midst of the sadness.


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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.

Shipping Tiers for Live Tropical Fish: 

  • Discus/Altum orders over $600: choice of a free gift of a breeding cone or t-shirt. Use the promo code BONUS-CONE after adding your selection to your cart.

Blackworms: Free USPS Postal Shipping

Plants: $10 FedEx Priority Shipping, Minimum Order: $15

International Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing.


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