The king of the aquarium, Discus fish are one of the most beautiful freshwater fish available for the home aquarium. Peaceful, but larger than most tropical fish, these fish light up the room they are in under the right lighting.
Considered notoriously tricky to care for, but so rewarding when kept correctly, Discus fish are the pride and joy of those that keep them. (see below the main requirements)
There are many color variations available thanks to selective breeding, and interestingly it can take up to 6 years for them to reach their best colors. They can live up to 15 years, but most live for around 10 years.
They are often bred in southern Asia, but they originate from the Amazon where they populate flood plains and cling to breaks in the water flow in large schoals.