Green Heckel Cross Discus

Green Heckel Cross Discus


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This unique hybrid boasts a beautiful golden lemon color pattern and gradient. A vibrant gold face and white forehead transitions to a white/grey body and fifth vertical, ending with an alluring pale lemon color at the base of the caudal fin. All of this is delicately contrasted and accented with the rich amber color of the ventral fins and accompanying red and amber spine tips on the dorsal fin. Aquamarine accents can be noted throughout the dorsal and anal fin. Stunning red eyes spotlight the uniqueness of this beautiful hybrid.

These unique Green Heckel cross hybrids exhibit beautiful blends of rich golden amber and sunshine yellow that blend subtly into pale yellow, white and even slightly grey bodies. Vibrant turquoise and aquamarine accents can be noted to varying degrees on the fins. Some display completely scarlet red eyes while others show a blend of gold mixed in with the red eye coloration.

This Green Heckel cross is a truly unique hybrid – elegant and subtle color gradations, as well as stunning red eyes, are hallmarks of this discus hybrid. Golden wheat color is seen in the face, commonly accompanied by a snow-white nape. A fairly predominant vertical divides their lemon-yellow bodies, which are also blended with hues of white. Darker yellows can be traced along the length of their dorsal ridge. The spines of the dorsal fin are tipped with darker amber colors than the rest of the fin and these same rich amber colors can be seen in the pelvic fins. Turquoise highlights are also notable throughout the dorsal and anal fins.

These Green Heckel cross hybrids are some of our favorites – wonderful color combinations and a nice shape.

· Golden yellow faces with white foreheads
· Gorgeous sunshine yellow bodies with white/grey hues in the front
· Rich amber colors highlight the tips of fins/spines
· Aquamarine highlights on dorsal and anal fins (we have noticed them to be more vibrant on the anal fins)
· Stunning red eyes


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    Forrest C., Bennet, NE (Verified Customer) April 26, 2023
    April 30, 2023

    They came alive!!!! Update coming soon thank you!!

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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.

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