The Wild Discus
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Green Discus ( Symphysodon aequifasciata aequifasciata 1903)

The background of this  discus is yellowish-brown to green-blue. The color of the eyes can vary  from gold to red and the face and cheeks are adorned with blue green stripes. Longitudinal blue green wide lines run from  the forehead  to part of  the body and to the dorsal area and in some cases the longitudinal blue green stripes run all across the body.  Nine black vertical bars cross the body starting in the eyes, seven more through the body and finishing in the caudal peduncle. The  dorsal and anal  fin is blue-green, enclosed with a black band, is bordered with  strong blue-green  stripes.  Sometimes the anal fin is adorned with red spots.   The ventral fins are usually orange with a blue green stripe.

The Red Spotted Green (RSG) have all the same characteristics as the green discus but additionally, they have red spots on  the green-blue background.  Sometimes the red spots can cover almost all the body  creating a colorful contrast with the green background and the spots. These discus come from the following rivers: Rio Nanay (Peru), Rio Putumayo ( Peru-Colombia), Rio and Lago Tefe (Brasil), and  Rio Japura (Brasil).

The Royal Green Discus is the same as the green discus but has an intense metallic shine all over the body.  Sometimes blue green  striations  runs all over the body too.


Red Spotted Green Red Spotted Green Red Spotted Green
Royal Green  Green Royal Green
Blue Discus ( Symphysodon aequifasciata haraldi 1960 )

The basic background color of the body is brown  and sometimes brown to red brown. This fish has longitudinal blue striations that runs from the head to the back of the dorsal fin. The head and cheeks are adorned with blue lines. The color of the eyes vary from yellow-gold  to red. The anal fin shows blue lines in between with red and also the dorsal fin. Some blues have the black band  around the dorsal and anal fin.

Some blues have the striations running across all the body and these are called "Royal Blue."  Some of them have these striations running just 2/3 of the body, close to the anal and dorsal fin and therefore, these are called "Semi-Royal Blue".

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Semi Royal Blue Semi Royal Blue Blue
Brown Discus ( Symphysodon aequifasciata axelrodi 1960 )

The predominantly color in the body is brown with some longitudinal blue striations on the face and cheeks.  The dorsal and anal fins are enclosed with a black band and adorned with some blue lines. They also have nine vertical bars. The eyes are gold to red




Heckel Discus ( Symphysodon discus 1840 )

The base color of these fish is light brown to brown. Across the whole length of the body, 15 to 19 light blue horizontal and irregular striations. These striations start on the head  and the cheeks and runs  across the body up to the base of the caudal fin. The Heckel discus is distinguished by the fifth prominent vertical bar (see  pictures below). The eyes are gold to red. The ventral fins are red orange and they have a blue  longitudinal band. These discus come from Rio Negro (Brasil).

The Blue Face Heckel ( BFH) have the characteristics that the regular Heckel except that thy have the head in solid blue color.  Some specimens have this solid condition through front half of the body. These discus come from Rio Unini and Rio Jaua (Brasil).

The Heckel Cross is a mix between a Heckel and a Blue, mainly from the Rio Madeira system. These fish have different characteristics, some look like a standard blue with almost no striations in the body but with the fifth Heckel bar, other look like a Royal Blue with the fifth bar also.


Heckel Heckel Blue Face Heckel
Blue Face Heckel Heckel Cross Heckel Cross

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