Royal Red Discus

lg 89586 Royal Red Discus
Latin name: (Symphysodon sp.)

Care Level





Red, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

55 gallons



The Royal Red Discus is renowned for its unique and vibrant red/orange coloration, and its vertical black bars that appear depending on the fish’s mood. In addition, its coloration can vary depending on its health and general wellbeing. The Discus has become the most popular freshwater aquarium fish of choice, surpassing the Angelfish in popularity. Furthermore, its natural range stretches from the Amazon to the Rio Negro Regions of South America, with different sub-species inhabiting different areas. Thus, the Royal Red Discus offers a great variety for aquarium enthusiasts. With the right care and attention, this fish can make a stunning addition to any freshwater aquarium.

The Royal Red Discus is an advanced-level fish to care for due to its distinct feeding habits and stringent water filtration requirements. Characterized by their peaceable nature, these fish form a well-defined nuclear family, although they can become territorial during spawning. To ensure the health and wellbeing of Royal Red Discus, it is important to provide them with a clean, safe environment that meets their specific needs. Furthermore, I highly recommend researching their natural habitat to ensure that their requirements are properly met. Through this preparation, you are guaranteed to have a thriving school of Royal Red Discus.

It is best to breed an established pair of Discus, or to maintain a group of young Discus and allow them to pair themselves. Spawning should take place in warm, soft, slightly acidic water and the parents must not be removed from the fry; the fry feed on their parents’ mucus.

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