SUPER RED DISCUS OVERVIEW
If you’re looking to add a beautiful freshwater fish, the Super Red Discus is a vividly stunning addition for your aquarium. The Super Red Discus hails from the Amazon in South America which brings a unique and sometimes a particular requirement in caring for this fish.
The Super Red Discus has the traditional discus shape that is round and thin with sweeping fins. The nature of this fish breed is pretty relaxed — they like to be with other discus and slow-moving fish such as Mollies and Guppies.
As a fish hobbyist, it’s important to note that a Super Red Discus may not be the ideal fish for beginners. The time, care, and attention that has to be paid to their water conditions and diet are demanding in keeping them healthy and thriving, so if you’re looking for an easy to care for fish, you may want to go in another direction.
When selecting a Super Red Discus, it’s important to avoid those whose color is dull and patchy or a demeanor that is jumpy or those who tend to hide. This is often a manifestation of their health and can indicate a stressed, ill, or diseased fish.
SETTING UP THE AQUARIUM: SUPER RED DISCUS
Super Red Discus fish are beautiful for any aquarium, yet it takes time and care to keep them healthy and thriving. Let’s explore more about what they need to be healthy!
SUPER RED DISCUS AQUARIUM SPECIFICS
One of the major components to keeping a thriving Super Red Discus are the water conditions — they require a specific water temperature of 82 to 86 degrees F, a pH between 6.4 and 7.2, and a hardness range of 1 to 3 KH. The nitrite and ammonia levels need to be 0 ppm with a nitrate level greater than 20 ppm.
SUPER RED DISCUS TANK AT A GLANCE
Temperature: 82-86 degrees F
pH: 6.4 to 7.2
Hardness: 1 to 3 KH
Nitrite and Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrate: > 20 ppm
The size of their tank should be at least 50 gallons but consider a larger one if you plan on breeding them, or even an additional tank for just that. A high-quality tank filter should also be implemented to keep the water safe and healthy.
It’s also important to purchase Super Red Discus fish in a school of a similar size in addition to introducing them to the new aquarium environment at the same time so they’re able to establish their own territories and avoid any unnecessary conflict.
SUPER RED DISCUS DIET
The diet and feeding routine of Super Red Discus can also be very labor-intensive, which is why they’re ideal for a fish hobbyist who has experience. Not only is important to provide your discus with high-quality fish food, but also in proper feedings, which we’ll explore later!
Super Red Discus’ could be considered omnivores because they love to munch on algae and other plant life, but are primarily carnivores and consume mostly high-protein diets from tubifex, bloodworms, pellet, and top-shelf fish flakes. They also love organ meats such as beef hearts and seafood such as brine shrimp.
A feeding routine is also a large part of caring for a Super Red Discus. Small, frequent meals are best for a Super Red Discus, and they’ll even establish a schedule — they’ll be waiting!
While many fish hobbyists have their own way of feeding discus, it’s vital that they are fed in increments anywhere in-between two to five times a day. If Super Red Discus are fed in a couple of large feedings, this can create bloating which can be fatal to this breed of fish.