Rio Negro Heckel Discus (Symphysodon discus)


One of the most colorful forms of wild discus, heckel discus are known for their vivid striated pattern of reds and blues. The Rio Negro heckel is found in the soft, acidic waters of Brazil’s Rio Negro and display vivid blues. They are best kept in soft water with a pH of 6-6.5 and temperatures in the low 80s. Regular water changes and maintaining excellent water quality are important to successfully keep wild discus long term.


Rio Negro Heckel Discus (Symphysodon discus)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Middle Rio Negro near Barcelos
Diet: Insectivore in the wild. Will accept most frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 6″
Recommended Tank Size: 60 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful toward tankmates, may become territorial with other discus

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.0
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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