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How Young Adult Discus Should Look by Alastair Agurtter

How Young Adult Discus Should Look

In the picture is Georgie, she is one of my young adult Discus just 18 months old. Discus Species in the Wild, normally reach adulthood around 24 to 30 months of age. To help gauge her size, she is around 5-1/2 inches in diameter at the time of this photograph taken January 2018, and will grow in the next two, to three years, to around 8 inches in diameter, if not larger, and this is down to morphology, her DNA make up. Discus can live up to 10 years of age, and over in some instances in captivity, if water and food conditions are optimal.

In the picture, to help indicate her size, is an adult male molly, he is 3-1/2 to 4 inches in length. This is one of my naturally planted aquariums, using my Poly Atomic-ion Biological Reactors that I have invented, to have co-existing with my tropical fish successfully healthy aquatics plants (Vallisneria and Amazon Sword Plants), as also seen in the picture.

Unfortunately, the picture does not do her justice or credit, she is a magnificent healthy discus in perfect condition. You can blame me the photographer for that, and perhaps it is now time to invest in a new camera, for the old one has served me well these past 12 years, but struggling these days regarding quality and high definition. To me like all my tropical fish, Georgie is priceless to me, and all I want for her and other tropical fish is the very best of health and conditions.

She likes her conditions in a naturally planted aquarium of around 100 gallons that I built, and will be a very good parent, there are a good few baby fry mollies in the aquarium, and she takes no notice of them, in fact she keeps an eye out for them, and sometimes nudges other fish species in the aquarium away, when they get too close to the babies. Her welfare to me comes first, and I know from experience this year, she will be wanting a mate. The first few batches of discus eggs are normally quiet small in number, and even without a male in the aquarium, I expect her to start cleaning a pot, or one of the terracotta domes soon, to do a trial run and lay some eggs. At the age of between 3 to 5 years, discus spawn the most, and in the interests of Georgie, I plan to introduce three juvenile discus of around six months of age into the aquarium, so they do not harm her, and where also they know it is her aquarium, and she is in charge.

This method and process is the most safest in the interests of Georgie, and the other young discus I plan to introduce, for then she can nurture the young discus, and eventually as they grow, find a suitable mate from the three males. The males will be around six months of age and around 3-1/2 to 4 inches in diameter. This is the average size of my youngsters, as a result of eating the right super foods I make for them, found in my recipes book on how to make these foods titled "Super Foods Tropical Fish and Discus Book" for all aquarists interested in wanting healthy disease free happy fish.

The males I plan to introduce will be of perfect shape, very round, and very broad in width, this is the normal shape of perfectly healthy discus. They should never look thin and drawn, or have exceptionally high fins. Through studying Discus and Morphology of the species and others. When it comes to genetics you only have a volume evolution percentage of 100%. What this means is, if for example you have a fish of exceptional colour, there will be a deficiency in another area surrounding the fishes body make up genetically. Georgie in the picture for example is a far stronger species of discus than a turquoise species in coloration. In fact, turquoise discus would struggle to compete with Georgie, and probably die from a lack of food and brutal attacks. For be under no illusion, she and other healthy discus are not shrinking violets, remember they are Cichlids at the end of the day, and due to their shape, can reach exceptional speeds, and when butting can cause significant damage to the victim.

The aquarium she is in has a couple of adult Angel fish I call the odd couple, and also adult clown loaches, they all know who is boss in this aquarium, and very often get nudged, or chased when they encroach on her space, or at feeding times. We also need to remember discus are highly evolved, and do communicate with each other. They in fact communicate with us, but we often fail to pick up the signs, as we no longer use our natural electromagnetic alpha waves. A thing we describe in modern society as a sixth sense, but these skills can be realized and used, often practised by animal lovers and keepers, as they connect with their animals.

A good example is when cleaning the aquarium, she is never phased by my activity for she picks up from my alpha waves my intent, and just serenely moves to the back of the aquarium, as I start cleaning, and then promptly follows the siphon pipe, to see if it kicks up any uneaten food. I have even had to move her with the pipe gently in the past as I clean, as she takes no notice of me. She as like all my other discus, will feed from my hands, they have complete trust in my humble endeavours, these are the signs of healthy, happy, disease free fish.

My advice to breeders is that we all have a great burden of responsibility, we should at all costs try to retain the natural shape of the discus. We should also try to retain the natural colours, and size of discus, for the more colour one produces, the weaker and smaller the species becomes, for you must remember, God has only given you a 100% to work from, no more. This genetic fact exists across all life form species. Genetic engineering is very precious, the development of a super human in physical form, will leave a deficiency in intelligence, and very often a lower sperm count, for one is going against the covenants of natural law, and however much humans naively try to defy such rules, there will be consequences, a slap in the face from Mother Nature.

Related: The Discus Book Second Edition

Related: Super Foods Tropical Fish and Discus Book

Written by Alastair R Agutter
Last Modified and Updated: 29th January 2018
Alastair Agutter Author and Writer

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