Symphysodon aequifasciatus

Care Level



Fore Ground



Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

8" - 12"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White, Yellow



Water Conditions

Acidic (5.2-6.5 pH), soft water (1 to 6 dGH), 78 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Amazonian Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) are a peaceful, extremely colorful fish species kept within the hobby. However, the Discus can be relatively difficult to maintain. Minor, but frequent water changes (10% once per week) should be performed. Also, due to the biological nature of the fish, environmental conditions must be matched within aquaria (Acidic, soft water conditions with minimal current). If these conditions can be maintained, then consider keeping the colorful Discus in the perfect planted aquarium. Naturally, Discus prefer many of the same environmental conditions that aquatic plant species do.

Fecundity: The Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) may produce up to 1,500 eggs per clutch.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Acidic (5.2-6.5 pH), soft water (1 to 6 dGH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Carnivore Pellet, Discus Flake

Dimorphism: It is difficult to determine the gender of Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus). In order to determine gender, the pair should be observed while exhibiting reproductive behaviors. The Discus depositing eggs will be female, and anyone who attempts to fertilize them will be male. It is common for multiple female Discus to deposit eggs simultaneously, without a male to fertilize them.

Compatibility: Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) are typically compatible with Corydoras, and various species of smaller Tetra.

Discus Photo Gallery

Author: Grant Stevens