Where in the world?
Floodplain lakes and rivers in the lowland Amazon basin in South America.
The Discus Fish are a group of cichlids (pronounced sic-lids) that have a laterally compressed body that is a distinct rounded shape. This is where their common name ‘discus’ is derived. The sides of the fish are frequently patterned in shades of green, red, brown, and blue.
Discus typically reach up to 5 to 6 inches in length, but aquarium raised discus have been known to reach up to 9 inches.
Discus are highly social, typically staying in groups of many dozens, which is unique among cichlids of the Americas.
Discus primarily feed on algae, other plant material and detritus, but also eat small invertebrates.
Did you know?
Some of the more brightly marked Discus Fish are the result of selective breeding by aquarists and do not exist in the wild.