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Breeding the “King of Aquarium Fish”

If conditions are right, you can breed these amazing fish — and they make great parents.

By Dick Au |

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So, you have been keeping discus (Symphysodon spp.) for a while, and they seem to be growing and doing well. But how can you tell whether they are actually in top condition and look as good as they can? And how do you assess your own skills as a discus hobbyist?

You may get your answers by trying to breed your discus. They will spawn and raise young only if they’re in prime condition and have grown up in the best environment. They look their best during courtship, when they stretch their fins and display their best colors to impress potential mates. If conditions are right, they may even reward you with the sight of hundreds of discus fry swarming and feeding on the sides of their bodies. If you’re able to raise multiple spawns of discus fry, you can be proud of an accomplishment few discus hobbyists achieve.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the July 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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