BLUE DIAMOND DISCUS OVERVIEW
The Blue Diamond Discus is a favorite to fish and aquarium hobbyists because of its electric blue, vibrant color — it’s a discus that is hard to miss, in fact, it may even draw you towards the aquarium for a double take!
The solid blue color has been selectively bred for the most stunning varieties of the Diamond Blue Discus! The overall shape of the Blue Diamond Discus is a thin oval shape with long, illuminated fins!
When choosing a Blue Diamond Discus for your home aquarium it’s important to avoid dark and patchy Blue Diamonds with a skittish or withdrawing (hiding) demeanor, as this indicates a high likelihood of disease, worms, or a stressed fish.
The temperament of the Blue Diamond Discus is peaceful, although it can become more territorial when breeding. If you are looking to breed your Blue Diamond Discus, it’s important that you breed an established pair that has already paired themselves.
This is an extremely popular breed of discus because of its beautiful color, but with such a stunning discus comes a greater level care compared to other freshwater fish as we’ll touch on in their aquarium environment and diet below.
SETTING UP THE AQUARIUM: BLUE DIAMOND DISCUS
As we mentioned above, the Blue Diamond Discus’ care is more involved because it requires stable water conditions and low ammonia and nitrates, and also because it may become more territorial during breeding and require a larger aquarium with their own space.
Blue Diamond Discuses, on the other hand, are very peaceful with those in the same family and will often form families with their siblings.
When purchasing Blue Diamond Discus fish, ensure they’re purchased in schools of the same size and introduce them to the aquarium at the same time so they can develop their own territories and avoid conflict.
BLUE DIAMOND DISCUS AQUARIUM SPECIFICS
Again, this is a more advanced discus fish to care for because their aquarium care is more involved.
The temperature for a Blue Diamond Discus ranges between 78 and 86 degrees F, with a pH that needs to stay between 6.3 and 7.2. The hardness of the water is also a key component to the success of your Blue Diamond Discus and should only fluctuate between 1.5 and 3.5 KH ( the measure of bicarbonate and carbonate).
The maximum size for a Blue Diamond Discus is 8.5”, so the recommended tank size is a minimum of 50 gallons. The nitrite and ammonia levels should always be maintained at 0 ppm with the nitrate levels staying steady at 20 ppm.
BLUE DIAMOND DISCUS TANK AT A GLANCE
Temperature: 78-86 degrees F
Hardness: 1.5-3.5 KH
Size: Up to 8.5”
Tank size: 50 gallons (minimum)
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 20 ppm
BLUE DIAMOND DISCUS DIET
The Blue Diamond Discus Diet is primarily carnivorous (meat) which includes a variety of dried or frozen bloodworms, tubifex, granular pellets (look for the special pellets that help enhance their color), high-quality fish flake food, brine shrimp, and beef heart.
It’s important to establish a feeding schedule with your Blue Diamond Discus fish as they become accustomed to a regular feeding time. And while there are many methods to feeding your discus fish, some like to do it three times a day — morning, midday, and evening — feeding them in smaller quantities. This will cut down on food waste which tends to deteriorate quickly and effects the overall cleanliness of the discus fish tank.
How much do you feed a Blue Diamond Discus?
The standard in feeding a Blue Diamond Discus is feeding them about 3% of their body weight.