King of the Amazon
There is no other fish on Earth about which has been written and published so much, or which has been filmed, painted, or photographed so often, as the discus. A quite inconceivable flood of information in more than twenty languages. There are by now more discus clubs and associations than for any other group of fishes.
Now it is not easy to provide concrete reasons for this almost incredible mania for discus. But the unusual form of the fish is undoubtedly at its root. Discus, as almost everyone knows, is the word (of Greek/Latin origin) for a “throwing disc” such as was already in use in the athletic games of ancient Greece. And because the fish is likewise flat and normally round, the Mannheim naturalist Johann Jakob Heckel, working on its description at the Vienna Museum in 1840, was reminded of a disc (Subdisciformis. “Die Gestalt ist beinahe scheibenförmig,…”). He thus gave the new species the name discus and placed it in a new monotypic genus, Symphysodon. No other fish, whether in fresh or salt water, has this sort of disc shape.
Biotope correct Discus keeping
Another reason is that Discus is a very peculiar fish with an amazing reproduction biology. Since the very birth of the aquarium hobby this fish enjoyed popularity and growing interest to its natural variants and breeding forms. No matter which discus species you keep, the best way to make your fish happy is to give it home similar to its natural environment.
To learn how to keep the Heckel Discus, Green Discus, Blue and Brown Discus biotope correct we have created the online compilation with the top content offered as special DISCUS Membership that gives access to 150 photos/30 pages on BAP Archive. This special DISCUS Edition includes:
• Red-eye Green Discus from Rio Apaporis
• The History of Discus – FIRST DISCOVERY (Part1)
• The History of Discus – FIRST DISCOVERY (Part2)
• Definitive Discus Guide: SPECIES & DISTRIBUTION
• Definitive Discus Guide: HYBRIDIZATION IN NATURE
• Definitive Discus Guide: NUTRITION IN NATURE
• Definitive Discus Guide: MATES IN NATURE
• Definitive Discus Guide: BIOTOPE AQUARIUM
Make your discus happy!