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Blue Diamond Discus

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Blue Diamond is fairly one of the most popular strains of discus in the whole world which is having no stress bars, no lines, no spots and is covered in a beautiful solid blue color. Their small eyeballs are usually yellow or can be red in higher quality ones.
  • Recommended for: beginners or higher
  • Price Range: or higher
  • Growth Speed:
  • Strength: but very sensitive to skin diseases
  • Family Group: Hybrids
  • Design: solid
  • Best Food: foods high in Spirulina
  • Water Condition: TDS up to 300, PH: 7 – 7.5

Care and Breeding Information

General care for Blue Diamond Discus

Blue Diamond is fairly a fast-growing discus strain and it’s an easy-to-keep discus fish for most beginners and other discus lovers. They are usually strong, but be careful of skin diseases as blue diamond is so sensitive to any skin issues. if well cared, they’ll live up to 8 to 9 years in aquariums. This strain is usually in a mid-range price for discus, however, some are sold at any higher prices.
Best food:
Foods with a higher amount of spirulina are the best for a blue diamond discus which intensifies their blue coloration in a natural way. One of the specifically produced foods for this strain is Sera Discus Color Blue. Like most other strains It’s best to use an appropriate discus feeding plan for your Blue Diamond as it helps you not only to have a growing and healthier discus but also a cleaner tank as well.
Suitable water and tank condition:
Conditioning water is always an important factor for every aquarium and it seems to be even more important when it comes to Discus. Blue Diamond needs the water not to be higher than 300 in TDS and the water temperature of 29.5 -30.5 °C in order to showcase it’s the best coloration, expanded fins, eating habits and in general to show you how a happy discus look like. to learn more about how to maintain well-conditioned water for discus click here.
The best tank condition for Blue Diamond can be tanks with brighter backgrounds which results in brighter blue color in your fish. Sand and gravel can also cause your Blue Diamond to immediately turn to darker coloration. Woods and plants can be used if you are not a fan of bare bottom tanks but it’s better to avoid high-density planting as it makes it difficult to clean the tank up to its cleanest. You can always use pots or plant on woods if you love having plants but a clean tank at the same time. to learn more about the best tank conditions for discus click here.
A healthy Blue Diamond should look like:
I can’t stress it enough, Buying healthy discus and from a reliable source is like the MOST IMPORTANT step of every discus lover which will save you a lot of headache and money. There are common signs of a healthy and quality discus but talking about Blue Diamond Discus, First, you’ll need to pay attention to their skin, as their skin is very sensitive and a good reflection of their health. the blue needs to be bright in color, open fins, and the gills need to look normal. looking at their poop tells a lot, and the size of their eyes should be small, big eyes in blue diamond are a sign of old blue diamond who couldn’t actually grow up to their age mostly because of their poor diet usually in the beginning stages of life. In addition, the dorsal fin and anal fin needs to look symmetrical.  click here to learn more about how to buy a quality discus!
Blue Diamond Discus is often confused with:
Blue Cobalt Discus!

General Breeding information

Blue Diamond was first bred by Lo Wing Yat in hong kong in 1991 in Hong Kong. He first bred cobalt strains by correcting brilliant turquoise’s genetic (brilliant blue) for generations until he could successfully breed Blue Diamond by correcting cobalt’s gene and they continued breeding blue diamonds afterward.  It’s great to know that many of the famous and popular strains of discus were produces in this journey such as Albino Platinum, Blue Saphir and Neon Saphir who are bred by Martin NG, and many more other strains!
You will like to know that blue diamond breeding is very simple, as they can beautifully grow out their fry due to their extreme ability to darken their skin coloration while breeding and easily feeding their mucus to the fry. Their babies will show up their real coloration almost when they get to 2 inches as they are considered in the solid group. The Blue Diamond is also a wonderful pick for Discus Foster Parenting as they can also produce a lot of mucus secretions.
Pairs Preparations For Breeding Discus
If you want quality eggs, you’ll need a healthy pair. So one thing I found vital in successful breeding is to prepare the pair for breeding at least 15 days before laying the eggs you are planning to work on. using Chloramine-T on Flubendazole every 5 days and for 3 cycles. click on here to learn how to use chloramine-T or Flubendazole!
Water Condition for Breeding Blue Diamond Discus
The water you put in the breeding tank first is usually the water of the bigger tank where your pair fell in love! Remember, your matured discus could be stronger in some various water conditions but that might not be the case for their eggs. If you want a high rate of discus eggs hatching, apart from using methylene blue you’ll need soft water, TDS from 30 to 70 is fine and my favorite number is 50. You just take care of this number and the rest of the parameters will simply adjust to it’s best (Such as the PH and etc).
Tank and filtration system for Breeding Discus
To explain it briefly and based on my experience, I think The best size for a breeding tank is 50cm * 50cm * 50cm Which ends up holding 125 Liters of water. It is best to choose a similar size for the Lenght, width, and height of the breeding tank. but none of them should be less than 40 cm while holding 125 Liters of water.
Then for filtration set up, you’ll need a simple, and easy to use a sponge filter.  We’ll want to remove the sponge filter when the eggs are hatched and to replace it back after the fry are better swimmers. read more here!
Next is the heater, for such tank, you’ll need a 150W or 200W to maintain a temperature of 28°C – 28.5°C. Here is a trick I use all the time, as 30% to 50% water change is recommended daily and it helps to soften the water. I purposely choose to add enough water of 25°C until I can decrease the tank temperature by 1°C or 1.5°C suddenly, and the heater works to bring it back to the beginning temperature of 28°C or 28.5°C. This happens to lead the pairs into temptation and desire for sex.
lastly, we’ll need to have a breeding cone or anything else like ceramics, Pvc pipes to provide a surface for laying the eggs although they might still decide to lay their eggs anywhere else they like!
Blue Diamond Discus pairs up well with:
Best with the Blues such as Blue Diamonds, Blue Angels, Blue Cobalt, Blue Turquoise. but basically blue diamond pairs up with any other strains.

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