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Discus fish are a tropical freshwater species native to the Amazon Basin in South America. These fish are highly prized for their vibrant and diverse colors, ranging from blues and greens to oranges and reds. Their disc-shaped body and flowing fins create a mesmerizing display in any aquarium. Discus require well-filtered water and regular partial water changes.

Note: Pictures examples of stock only. Assorted colours supplied.


Features of Discus:

  • Its body is very compressed on the sides, it has a disk-shaped profile and its fins are large and elegant
  • It is a species characterized by iridescence, streaks and vertical bands and can have different colours: white, yellow, orange, red, blue, blue and green, brown and black


The Best Aquarium Size for Discus:

A 40L tank is the minimum size for keeping a single discus fish. It is important to note that discus fish like staying in a group of 5-6 and it is not recommended to keep them isolated in a tank.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

You need to make sure that you choose discus fish tank mates carefully, because they can be extremely territorial, they’re not great community fish! Great tank mates for Discus include:

Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish.

Discus Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Filtration is extremely important. Discus fish prefer a filter that provides 1 time per hour turnover. They also prefer calm water.

Aquarium Plants for Discus

Plants are beneficial in helping to maintain good water quality and adding enrichment to a fish’s diet. When spawning; in fact, they prefer laying their eggs on vertical, broad-leafed plants.


Discus fish love their higher temperatures, between 28°C – 31°C. You could shop a tank heater in our online store.

Decorations for Discus

Ideal Ornaments for Discus tank:

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Artificial lighting is optional if Discus can't receive a decent amount of light. Discus need a day and night cycle as well.


Substrate should be sand or fine to medium gravel as discus like to forage along the bottom for food. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

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Steve A.

Discus very good.

One of the discus was dead on arrival but I was quickly refunded upon producing the photos of the casualty. Sad as the colour was great. The other 2 have been excellent and integrated into the tank almost immediately which is not normal for Discus. Previous supplier had some very timid fish but these 2 just got right on with it and were eating well in 2 days. Still going strong nearly 1 year on.

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