San Merah Discus (Symphysodon discus)


Long considered the most beautiful of all freshwater aquarium fish, the discus remains a popular fish for serious hobbyists. Discus originate from the warm, acidic waters of Amazon tributaries in Brazil and Peru and are typically found in large groups. The many wild forms of discus have been selectively bred to create dozens of colorful strains, including the San Merah or Red Rose, which is known for its vivid, red coloration with minimal patterning. In the aquarium, regular large water changes, a protein-rich varied diet, and warm water temperatures (78-84) will create ideal conditions for these fish to thrive. Like all discus, they will do best in soft, slightly acidic water but will reward patient aquarists with spectacular coloration.

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San Merah Discus (Symphysodon discus)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Insects and small crustaceans in the wild, will accept most protein-rich frozen and prepared diets
Adult Size: 6″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 Gallon
Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     80 – 86F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Note: Discus are not “wysiwyg” items as they display much variation even when aquacultured. Expect some variation from the stock photo provided.

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