The 4 Varieties of Wild Discus
Found in the Amazon river and it’s subsidiary’s the wild discus do have some distinctions. The Royal Blue Discus which unlike the typical Wild brown discus have far more colour over their entire bodies instead of being limited to just the outer edges.
The Heckel Discus are found in the Rio Negro. These particularly lively discus fish and are typically more demanding to keep in an aquarium due to being used to a black water with an acidity of about pH 4.0. Very rarely found in the wild with red eye colouration the Heckel Discus have amber coloured eyes and a heavier vertical central stripe.
Symphysodon Brown Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciata axelrodi) are found in the Rio Abacaxis and are considered the most desirable of Discus fish due to their intense red coloration and blue heads. These Wild Discus fish are responsible for the larger portion of the new tank breeds.
These 4 variations of the wild Discus fish are the forefathers of all tank bred species which have been selectively bred to enhance their colours, shape and temperament usually with vivid red eyes and all manner of pattens.