Species group: Discus
Other common names: Pompadour Fish; Red Discus; Red Heckel
Scientific name: Symphysodon discus
The Heckel Discus is known for its beauty and elegance. It is easily recognized by the prominent fifth or middle bar of its nine vertical bars. One bar crosses the eye, and the caudal or tail bar is also prominent. The middle bar is noticeably thicker than the others. They are found in brown, black, and blue colors.
The Heckel Discus is a peaceful, shy fish. They are suitable for community tanks and are never kept singly. They are kept with fish that are not overly aggressive.
The Heckel Discus requires a 55-gallon tank. The substrate required is soft with some roots and rocks. Vegetation is kept to a minimum and lighting is subdued. These fish accept all kinds of food-flake frozen, pellets, etc; however, they like variety in their food. The swimming and feeding level for this species is mostly the middle of the tank. These fish require plenty of swimming space, and are very sensitive to water changes.
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