Species group: Discus
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Scientific name: Symphysodon aequifasciatus
Like all discus, the Pigeon Blood has a circular, laterally compressed body. Also, it has large dorsal and anal fins which add to its characteristic disc-like appearance. The general color of the fish is orange with yellowish brown spots. The eyes are a bright red color. The fins are usually brown with turquoise spots all over except for the caudal fin, which is black. Color varieties include orange and white.
Pigeon Blood Discus are peaceful fish, although they tend to develop aggressive tendencies while spawning. For a community aquarium, they should be kept with similar sized peaceful fish. If harassed, the Discus will become stressed and refuse to eat.
The fish should be kept in a tank with a minimum capacity of 50 gallons. The tank bottom can be layered with a dark colored substrate like peat. Discus prefer dim lighting conditions so plenty of vegetation and a cover of floating plants prevent excess light from flooding the tank. Th fish will need hiding places among rocks and driftwood.
beautiful fish, Bright colored beauty, life span, favorite fresh water
pristine water conditions, delicate, shy fish, frequent water changes, special needs
high maintenance beauties, densely planted aquarium, acidic water