Golden Melon Throwback Discus

Golden Melon Throwback Discus

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Fire orange tie dye emanating electric tangerine waves inflame this tiny rockstar sun god’s flesh in golden coral marmalade flashes as it freewheels through the blue. It is the fish whose skin is emblazoned in the sun’s aura. It is the golden melon throwback discus. It is the enigmatic color one’s third eye might see in the best in men’s souls.

When I hear the word “throwback”, it takes me back to times when you would just lay back on a summer afternoon, watching the sun go down sitting in a your first car, with the windows down. The Golden Melon Throwback is the color of the sun; the life giver. It’s all the memories of summer in one package. Its flaming body gives off a brilliant fire red, with the bounding yellow of dawn. It’s a pattern that reaches right down into the soul, and calls it forth.

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26 reviews for Golden Melon Throwback Discus

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    William G., Basalt, CO (Verified Customer) October 31, 2022
    November 13, 2022

    Awesome as usual. Shipping UPS next day helped tremendously!

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    John B., China Grove, NC (Verified Customer) August 15, 2022
    August 21, 2022
    These are the best I could get, hope they work out, thanks. I had some manzanita that was amazing but was hard to do maintenance around so I removed i...More

    These are the best I could get, hope they work out, thanks. I had some manzanita that was amazing but was hard to do maintenance around so I removed it, thanks for the tips.

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    Mark M., Fenton, MI (Verified Customer) June 1, 2022
    June 19, 2022
    Here's some pictures of the New Arrivals. Even after the Lack Luster handling by UPS, everyone has acclimated nicely. 4 of the 5 have snacked on Blood...More

    Here's some pictures of the New Arrivals. Even after the Lack Luster handling by UPS, everyone has acclimated nicely. 4 of the 5 have snacked on Bloodworms & are showing all their vibrant colors  Ordered the 3.5 to 4” & all appear to be pushing 4” at least. Thanks for being able to honor my requests regarding patterns. As Always Much appreciated! Another group of Studs. Colors are insane. The Blue Diamond with the Red eye contrast is just Striking! Gold Crystal with the Deep Yellow and an absolutely awesome pattern, the Fuji & the Melon look electric. Plus the Red Eagle besides the great Honeycomb he’s already engaging with me & Ate from my hand last night! What a Line up!

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    Lex T., Gilbertsville, PA (Verified Customer) May 26, 2022
    June 19, 2022
    Melon arrived well and safe will a little leakage. He is a shy little bugger at first only staying one side of the aquarium for the first few days com...More
    Melon arrived well and safe will a little leakage. He is a shy little bugger at first only staying one side of the aquarium for the first few days compared to the bunch. He didn't seem to flare his fins up with all his glory at first and seemed kinda shy. But as soon as he acclimated he started to swim with the bunch and started to deepen his color. He still is the moody one out of all of them but I am very happy with him. I named him "BRIGHT" Thank you Michael! :)
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    Robert J., Shelton, WA (Verified Customer) May 17, 2022
    May 22, 2022
    Hi Michael, I tried to call you, but no worries. The fish all made it live, tho there was a small amount of leakage. The bag with the Albino Golden wa...More

    Hi Michael, I tried to call you, but no worries. The fish all made it live, tho there was a small amount of leakage. The bag with the Albino Golden was quite low with water. They're all in the tank and appear to be doing well after the first hour or so. They're still quite shy, but slowly venturing out a bit. The Blue Cobalt appears to be blind in one eye, (his right eye is milky white) and so far he's staying to himself in one corner of the tank while the others are staying close to each other the other side of the tank...so I'll be keeping an eye on him. Their colors are returning quite well and their fins are up so that's a good sign. I'll feed them along with their tankmates at feeding time tonight, about 6pm. The bubble rams appear to be doing fine, having been greeted by the other rams I have. Very nice coloring over all, tho the Albino Golden is a bit pale, but as they're all young fish I expect their colors to mature.



    Thanks, Rob
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    David T., Staten Island, NY (Verified Customer) May 1, 2022
    May 8, 2022
    beautiful discus
    Hi I just received 5 discus first week of may and I am very happy with the quality and health of all 5 discus..this Marlboro red panda discus at 4.5-5...More
    Hi I just received 5 discus first week of may and I am very happy with the quality and health of all 5 discus..this Marlboro red panda discus at 4.5-5 inch was one of them and worth every penny...thank you Michael and discus.com my new go-to place. next on my list is a large order of discus food to keep my discus growing big and even more beautiful. From Michael: thank you very much for the very interesting conversations we've had.
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    Thiago D., North Charleston, SC (Verified Customer) February 16, 2022
    March 6, 2022
    Good night Michael. The fish arrived well and all alive. They had been eating since day one. Thanks for everything. I need your help with something I'...More

    Good night Michael. The fish arrived well and all alive. They had been eating since day one. Thanks for everything. I need your help with something I'm looking at that I've been wondering about. I have observed some black spots (or spots) on some fish. A search on the internet led me to another problem… A few small spots (like micro holes) on my head. A fish from the first purchase died in a very strange way (as if it was injured). I'm observing that they haven't lost interest in food. Please give me some help. I'm new to this species and I'm disoriented! From Michael: black spots = peppering. All pigeon strains have some degree of it, particularly in the facial area.I'm not seeing any holes in the head in your photo, but if it's a problem, you need to treat w/ metronidozale. https://www.discus.com/product-category/medicine-cabinet/hole-in-head/

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    Thiago D., North Charleston, SC (Verified Customer) February 16, 2022
    February 20, 2022
    I received my package, however, I think maybe they could have been wrong about the selection I made! With the exception of the two golden ones, the ot...More

    I received my package, however, I think maybe they could have been wrong about the selection I made! With the exception of the two golden ones, the others look identical. From Michael: You ordered small discus which will take time to grow into the adult forms pictured on my website. However, even in this size, it's extremely clear to me the patterns are different. For example, the leopard snakeskin is clearly showing a spotted/snake pattern, while the Penang Blue Knight you ordered has a clear striated pattern. Don't just look at the colors. The patterns matter a lot, too.

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    Carmen H., San Tan Valley, AZ (Verified Customer) November 17, 2021
    November 30, 2021
    Thank you Michael! All is good, we took the acclimating slow and it paid off. Didn’t know if the Blue Penang was going to make it due to the delay fro...More

    Thank you Michael! All is good, we took the acclimating slow and it paid off. Didn’t know if the Blue Penang was going to make it due to the delay from FedEx, but after a few days all good. Melon was a trooper from the start.

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    Roger G., Wichita, KS (Verified Customer) August 12, 2020
    November 7, 2021
    These 3 are the eaters. They are never full! Lol I will have my quarantine tank ready tonight. I did notice the non eaters are picking at the plants a...More

    These 3 are the eaters. They are never full! Lol I will have my quarantine tank ready tonight. I did notice the non eaters are picking at the plants and driftwood a little more. And now they do seem a little more interested in the food. So hopefully in the quarantine tank when it's not a feeding frenzy they can nibble peacefully and regain their appetite.

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    Steve B., Wynnewood, PA (Verified Customer) October 1, 2021
    October 31, 2021
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    The fish came in yesterday, and as always you picked beauties! They seem happy and healthy. I only wish my tank were bigger so that I could have more....More

    The fish came in yesterday, and as always you picked beauties! They seem happy and healthy. I only wish my tank were bigger so that I could have more. Thanks as always.

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    Emily D., Gulfport, MS (Verified Customer) September 25, 2021
    October 3, 2021
    Hi Michael,
    All the fish arrived safely! They look beautiful and have acclimated well and have eaten. They all look healthy, except for one of the Ge...More

    Hi Michael,



    All the fish arrived safely! They look beautiful and have acclimated well and have eaten. They all look healthy, except for one of the German Blue Rams. He seemed stressed from the shipping, but I held out hope. Unfortunately when I arrived this morning, he was dead. I don’t expect a refund or a replacement since it has been a couple days since they arrived, but I just wanted to let you know.



    Have a great day!



    Emily



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    These fish were purchased for a small family owned aquarium and our guests are very delighted with the new discus!



    From Michael: Let's get a lay of the land after everything has arrived, and we will figure out what I owe you and we'll go from there. I will make good on everything owed/DOA.
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    Matthew C., Hartville, OH (Verified Customer) August 29, 2021
    September 5, 2021

    Yes, everything has arrived. The melon was a bit stressed, but seems to be recovering. I'll be ordering again soon. Thanks!

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    Phoenix R., Seaside, CA (Verified Customer) August 30, 2021
    September 5, 2021

    They look pretty good! A bit stressed going to turn the lights off and let them chill for the day.

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    Brad S., Riverton, UT (Verified Customer) August 22, 2021
    September 5, 2021
    I was worried about salient peppering and dark background. The quality fish you sent have such light peppering that it isn't a problem. You ruined me,...More

    I was worried about salient peppering and dark background. The quality fish you sent have such light peppering that it isn't a problem. You ruined me, man...lol. I was going to get a saltwater, but now I'm going to simply get a bigger tank. These guys are worth it.

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    Chris F., Clear Lake, IA (Verified Customer) August 5, 2021
    August 15, 2021
    The fish are fantastic healthy and happy! Wonderful coloring and bigger than expected so happy with your picks! Will only order from Discus.com from n...More

    The fish are fantastic healthy and happy! Wonderful coloring and bigger than expected so happy with your picks! Will only order from Discus.com from now on!

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    Tamara A., Smithfield, VA (Verified Customer) April 3, 2021
    April 5, 2021
    Thank you again! I‘ve beat it before and I‘ll beat it again… the fish are therapeutic and give me peace when I watch them swim. Better than any cancer...More
    Thank you again! I‘ve beat it before and I‘ll beat it again… the fish are therapeutic and give me peace when I watch them swim. Better than any cancer medication.
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    Kent S., Jasper, IN (Verified Customer) March 17, 2021
    April 2, 2021
    Just Awesome!! Thanks, Michael
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    Brian L., Grand Island, NY (Verified Customer) February 17, 2021
    March 15, 2021

    I will update the website soon..just wanted to say they all recovered from there shipment and looking good. Still a bit antsy...but that was expected

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    Jody A., Louisville, CO (Verified Customer) February 6, 2021
    March 8, 2021
    Good morning! The discus just arrived! They are beautiful! They were very cold at 69 degrees. I hope they will be ok!  I thought the red was dead, but...More

    Good morning! The discus just arrived! They are beautiful! They were very cold at 69 degrees. I hope they will be ok!  I thought the red was dead, but today, Friday, seems ok this morning. Also, a lot of the water leaked out during shipping, but they are so beautiful! My current discus is harassing/herding them. I have the lights turned off and feeding a bit more often, any suggestions? It’s a blue diamond about a half inch bigger than the new ones.





    Thank you!


    Jody

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    Edward H., Trumbull, CT (Verified Customer) January 14, 2021
    January 31, 2021
    I put them in yesterday. They looked pretty good but I just let them settle in with the lights off over night. Going to feed them shortly and turn the...More

    I put them in yesterday. They looked pretty good but I just let them settle in with the lights off over night. Going to feed them shortly and turn the lights on.

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    John G., Holley, NY (Verified Customer) January 7, 2021
    January 16, 2021
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    Ordered 3.5-4 inch fish. Recieved 3 inch fish. Fish looks ok. Hoping it will grow into its proper coloring...looks VERY similar to the Golden Pearl Pi...More
    Ordered 3.5-4 inch fish. Recieved 3 inch fish. Fish looks ok. Hoping it will grow into its proper coloring...looks VERY similar to the Golden Pearl Pigeon Snakeskin Discus I ordered... From Michael: You have crazy high expectations for baby discus. Based on those expectations, you need to order adults in order to avoid your own disappointment.
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    Martin W., Sacramento, CA., (Verified Customer) December 30, 2020
    January 10, 2021

    Photo of the discus you requested.

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    Jason G., Winter Garden, FL., (Verified Customer) May 5, 2020
    December 27, 2020

    Thanks for checking in. Other than one fish in my last order, all the other fish are growing like crazy.

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    Tuan T., Lynnwood, WA., (Verified Customer) October 25, 2020
    December 17, 2020
    All of the discus that you picked for us for the last order in October are healthy, active and very beautiful. We love them. Thank you so much.
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    Roger G., Wichita, KS (Verified Customer) August 12, 2020
    August 25, 2020
    We purchased several Discus from Michael, they are all beautiful but this Golden Melon Throwback is one of my favorites. Would definitely buy 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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  • 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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