SNAKE SKIN DISCUS OVERVIEW
The Snake Skin Discus is most commonly found with a subtle blue appearance set to a stunning red background. The shape of the Snake Skin Discus is traditional to most discus’ — a slender, oval body with flowingly graceful fins.
As most discus fish originate from, the Snake Skin Discus is found in freshwater areas ranging from the Amazon to the Rio Negro regions of South America.
If you’re an established fish hobbyist, the Snake Skin Discus is an excellent choice for those who love the detail and care that comes with discus fish. If, however, this is your first venture into a freshwater aquarium, you may be better suited for a different breed of fish because discus fish require an expert level of care because of their feeding and aquarium conditions.
While Snake Skin Discus’ are mostly harmonious and can play well with others in an aquarium, in the breeding season, they can become especially territorial and aggressive. The best course of action is providing a pair with a larger tank or separate aquarium.
Snake Skin Discus’ enjoy a family unit and will form a family, especially if they’re with or around their siblings.
SETTING UP THE AQUARIUM: SNAKE SKIN DISCUS
The Snake Skin Discus will vary in size and are seen anywhere from 2” to 2.5” (small), 3” to 3.5” (medium), and 5” to 8”+ (large) so they require a tank size of at least 50 gallons, bigger if you’re planning on trying to breed them.
Their care level is more advanced because, like all discus fish, they require specific tank conditions including water conditions with a temperature ranging from 82 to 86 degrees F, a hardness of 3 to 8 KH, and a pH ranging between 6.1 and 7.5.
For spawning purposes, slightly acidic and soft water is ideal, in addition to a clean, flat surface to lay eggs — a broadleaf works well. Once the fry are out and about, it’s important to keep the discus parents with them because they provide sustenance as they feed on their mucus.
SNAKE SKIN DISCUS TANK AT A GLANCE
Temperature: 82-86 degrees F
pH: 6.1 - 7.5
Hardness: 3-8 KH
Size: Up to 8"+
Tank size: 50 gallons (minimum)
Though Skin Skin Discus thrive in a school of their own — other discus — they are compatible with a small cohort of fish including Cory Cats, Danios/Minnows, Guppies, Mollie, etc.
SNAKE SKIN DISCUS DIET
The Snake Skin Discus is largely carnivorous and consumes a variety of fish food including tubifex and freeze-dried bloodworms, pellet food, high-quality fish flakes, and meaty from foods such as brine shrimp and organ meats.
It really depends on the fish hobbyist likes to feed their discus up to five times a day, with two to three times being the most common. It is also recommended that mature adults eat at least twice a day while feeding younger Snakeskins at least three times per day.
Apart from including a few feedings a day, it’s important to note that discus fish are notorious for being slow eaters and will sometimes take up to an hour to eat! This can potentially pose a problem if you’re not diligent in cleaning the tank — the food will often sink to the bottom and create a foul and dirty tank.
Snake Skin discus are a variety of freshwater fish that are great for established fish hobbyists because of the amount of care and attention they require. Not only do they need proper space to breed, but they need an aquarium with specific tank conditions in order for them to survive and thrive.