Golden Calico Discus

Golden Calico Discus


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In a far-off land, there lived a dragon unlike any other. She was a white dragon with streaks of yellow running through her scales, and her eyes were a piercing golden hue. She was a creature of great beauty and grace, and she was feared and respected by all who knew her.

The dragon lived high atop a snowy peak, where she spent her days soaring through the skies and basking in the sun’s warm glow. Her wings were as wide as a castle’s walls, and her roar could shake the very mountains themselves.

Many brave knights had tried to slay the dragon, but they all failed. She was too powerful, too cunning, too… different. People whispered that her yellow streaks were a sign of her otherworldly nature, that she was a being of magic and wonder.

But one day, a young prince named Arin set out to slay the dragon. He was not like the other knights – he was not driven by greed or fame. He had heard stories of the dragon’s beauty, and he wanted to see her for himself.

As he climbed the snowy peak, he saw the dragon for the first time. She was even more beautiful than he had imagined, with her white scales glistening in the sun and her yellow streaks shimmering like gold.

The dragon saw the prince, and she did not attack. Instead, she spread her wings and flew towards him. Arin was afraid, but he did not run. He stood his ground, watching as the dragon landed before him.

To his surprise, the dragon did not attack. Instead, she spoke to him, her voice like the sound of the wind through the trees. She told him that she had watched him as he climbed the peak, and she knew that he was not like the other knights.

Arin was amazed. He had never heard of a dragon that could speak. But the dragon continued, telling him that she was not like other dragons. Her yellow streaks were a sign of her magic, she said, and she had chosen to live on the snowy peak because it was a place of peace and beauty.

As they talked, Arin realized that the dragon was not a monster to be slain, but a creature to be admired and respected. He asked her if he could come back and visit her, and she agreed.

And so, from that day forward, Arin visited the dragon regularly. They talked of many things, and the dragon showed him the beauty of the snowy peak. And though he never told anyone of his visits, Arin knew that the white dragon with streaks of yellow was the most magnificent creature he had ever seen.


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2 reviews for Golden Calico Discus

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    Garry C., American Canyon, CA (Verified Customer) November 16, 2022
    November 26, 2022
    Arrived live and well. All are healthy and lively. Unable to quarantine as my hospital tank is in use. All fish are lively and eating well. Can’t wait...More

    Arrived live and well. All are healthy and lively. Unable to quarantine as my hospital tank is in use. All fish are lively and eating well. Can’t wait for the newbies to color-up, especially the little Fuji.

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    Daniel S., East Hampton, CT (Verified Customer) January 13, 2022
    February 20, 2022
    it's hard taking a photo of happy fish
    I love them, They are doing really well except for the Red Eagle that past away a couple days after shipping. It was past your 12 hour window so I did...More

    I love them, They are doing really well except for the Red Eagle that past away a couple days after shipping. It was past your 12 hour window so I did not make a fuss about it. He almost had no water left in the bag but thought he had a 50/50 shot.

    I will definitely order again from you.


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Category Rating
Care Level: Moderate
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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