Symphysodon aequifasciatus Pellegrin, 1904
Blue discus
photo by DATZ

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Max. size:  13.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 5 - 8; dH range: 0 - 12
Distribution:  South America: eastern Amazon River, lower reaches of Amazon River and affluents east of the confluence of the Negro and Solimões Rivers.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  In deep, rocky areas in crevices and among roots. Normally in schools, but territorial during breeding season. Feeds on insect larvae, insects, and planktonic invertebrates. Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; keep pairs in small tanks for breeding; minimum aquarium size 120 cm (Ref. 51539).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 20.06.94
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13
Checked by: Norén, Michael - 27.07.12

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