Discus tetra - Brachychalcinus orbicularis
Scientific name: Brachychalcinus orbicularis
Common name: Discus tetra
Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 9 cm (3.15 - 3.54 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 20°N (107.14 - 357.14ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 18 - 24 °C (64.4 - 75.2°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Quality flake and frozen foods are all accepted; add some spinach to the diet to keep these fish happy.
Discus tetras are to be found in South and Central America.
There are no physical differences between the sexes.
A large aquarium is required for breeding, at least 600 liters. At least 2000 eggs will be laid in each batch, immediately after the parents should be removed. In 6 days the fry will be free swimming and can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Discus tetra is 5 years.
Brachychalcinus orbicularis needs a lot of swimming space, always keep this species in a tank that is at least four feet long. Do not add fine leaved plants to the tank or they will be damaged, the use of artificial plants may be better in the long run. Discus Tetra is a peaceful species and can be kept with other fish that have the same water requirements.
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