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Evaluating a potential Discus.

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Evaluating a potential Discus.

Post  williemcd on Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:28 pm

When shopping for Discus there are a number of considerations you might want to consider. Two of the more critical traits to consider are: Body conformity and relative eye-size.

Body Conformity: This is the concept that the body (meaty portion) should be as close to a standard circle as possible. There should be no "slope" off the back or belly towards the caudal fin. This is ONLY considered in show fish. In reality, it has no effect on their health nor longevity. Nor their contribution to your enjoyment of your charges.

Relative Eye Size: A Discus that has a disproportional eye size, compared to the body, indicates an issue during it's early development stage. Usually stunting due to nutrition or tank limitation.

Some varieties of Discus, such as Pigeon Bloods, tend to ignore this rule.
Here is the Eye-Size Chart that will help in your evaluation:

Debate on this is most welcome!

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Re: Evaluating a potential Discus.

Post  FishVixen on Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:01 pm

There are so many defects in Discus that I'm almost afraid to buy them without seeing them first.
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Re: Evaluating a potential Discus.

Post  williemcd on Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:31 pm

FV.. so chime on in with what you'd be looking for in an eval!... We can all learn and hopefully will never stop learning!.. Bill

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Re: Evaluating a potential Discus.

Post  AngelAddict on Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:19 am

wow im ganna consult you before i get discus in the future Razz

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