Brown Discus

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Description of the Brown Discus

The Brown Discus is known as 'The King of the Aquarium'  due to its size and appearance and are considered by some to be the most attractive freshwater tropical fish. Unfortunately, the discus fish is not recommended for the beginner as they require excellent water conditions and frequent partial water changes.

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Brown Discus

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Popular Name: Brown Discus
Species: Symphysodon aequifaciatus axelrodi

Profile of the Brown Discus
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Brown Discus species.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 25 to 29 Degrees. PH 6.0 to 6.5

  • Diet / Feeding: Prefers live food such as Brine Shrimp, Tubifex and Blood Worms

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Lakes and Streams, South America

  • Behaviour: Can become aggressive when breeding

  • Range: Amazon Basin, South America

Scientific Classification of the Brown Discus
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Symphysodon aequifaciatus axelrodi

  • Popular Name: Brown Discus

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Brown Discus?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!



Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Brown Discus slimy?
Brown Discus secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Brown Discus to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. The Discus fish relies on the parents slime to feed their young fry. It is vital that the parents are not removed from the tank or the young Discus fry will not survive.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Brown Discus have gills?
Gills enable the Brown Discus to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Brown Discus have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Brown Discus has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Brown Discus has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Brown Discus has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Brown Discus has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Brown Discus

Brown Discus

  • Interesting Information about Brown Discus

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Brown Discus slimy?

  • Why do the Brown Discus have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Brown Discus have fins?

  • Species: Symphysodon aequifaciatus axelrodi

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