What You Need to Know About Breeding
The Discus is a genus that belongs to the Symphysodon species. There are three types: Green, Common, and Heckel. The differences are based on their variations in color. Green speaks for itself, common is blue or brown, and heckel, which is yellow to brown in color with some blue stripes. They have laterally compressed bodies similar to the shape of discs, thus leading to their name.
Their species normally inhabit the lakes and rivers in the Amazon Basin. Nowadays, there are many people who have made it a hobby to take care of them as their pets. Some even make a business out of it.
Many are enticed by them because they can be trained and have the ability to know their owners. Unlike other species, discus are well aware of their surroundings and what is happening outside of their tank. Breeding them can be an exciting hobby, whether for fun, profit, or both.
Why Breeding Is A Good Source of Income?
Breeding them can be a great hobby, and can also be an excellent source of income. Pet shops earn a lot from breeding them because many fish lovers choose them over any other type of fish. Discus are sociable fish- they’re not just pretty to look at. And because of this fact, most people are inclined to choose them over other breeds.
How to Breed
There are many factors to consider in breeding them. That’s why only a handful of people have mastered the techniques necessary for breeding. The challenge in breeding them successfully is due to the fact that they are highly sensitive creatures to any disturbance in their environment. Therefore, you must have a great deal of patience and determination to grow a school of them.
Here are some things you should remember in breeding discus:
- Consider the size, water temperature, and acidity of the aquarium. The fish tank should be 48 x 18 x 18 inches. With that size, one can keep 4 to 6 small discus. When breeding them, the pH level should be close enough to a 6.5 pH (balanced, essentially), while the temperature should be kept at or near 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Obtain the right pair for breeding. In order for your fish to be comfortable with each other, you must buy young discus and let them grow together. Eventually, two of them will pair up and mate.
- What should you feed them? There are many types of food available. You can feed them pellets, brine shrimp, blood worms and beef heart. These foods must be planned out ahead of time and given to them in a well-balanced diet. Ideally, you should first conduct an experiment to find out which type of food they prefer before buying any kind in bulk. Be sure to remove any excess food, as bacteria will set in and potentially harm your fish if you don’t.
Should there be a Resting Period When Breeding?
Once a couple has started to spawn, you can expect them to lay eggs every week or every second week for up to 15 weeks at a time. If the couple that you’re breeding is healthy, they can go through 2 cycles per year. Their eggs will hatch within 48 hours and you’ll see their fry swimming freely after 72 hours.
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