Project Description

White Butterfly Discus

And here it is the White Butterfly, one of the most popular discus strains among all discus lovers. This fish is having a color range of white to beige with one black stress bar on the face and another 8 beige color stress bars on the body which can’t be seen since they are the same color as of their skin. they can have red, orange or creamy color eyes. Spots on the body might be seen or some beautiful lines on the face, fins, and the body as well.
  • Recommended for: beginners or higher
  • Price Range: from cheap to expensive
  • Growth Speed:
  • Strength: but easy to show black pigmentation
  • Family Group: Hybrid from Pigeon-Blood / Cobalt
  • Design: solid-patterned
  • Best Food: flexible
  • Water Condition: TDS 200ppm or softer

Care and Breeding Information

General care for White Butterfly Discus

White Butterfly is fairly a well-growing discus strain and it’s an easy-to-keep discus fish for most beginners and other discus keepers. They are usually strong, but if the water is hard they will show pigmentation on their skin as they inherit this from their parent. so it is recommended to keep them in softer waters. if well cared, they’ll live up to 8 to 9 years in aquariums. A wide range of price is available for this fish, from cheap to expensive base on how beautiful the details are.
Best food:
This fish can take any kind of Foods from pellets to handmade and mixed. if the food contains krill or spirulina, white butterfly uses those coloration intensifiers to color up the lines on their face and blue shades of their fins. Like most other strains It’s best to use an appropriate discus feeding plan 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. Almost every discus will do just fine with waters TDS of 250-300 or less, and the water temperature of 29.5 -30.5 °C in order to showcase their the best coloration, expanded fins, eating habits and in general to show you how a happy discus look like. But for White Butterfly, I suggest softer water, something around TDS of 200ppm in order to avoid pigmentations which can easily appear on this type of discus. to learn more about how to maintain well-conditioned water for discus click here.
The best tank condition for white butterfly can be tanks with brighter backgrounds which results in brighter white color in your fish. it’s best not to use Sand and gravel but you can use woods and plants can be used if you are not a fan of bare bottom tanks just remember 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 white butterfly 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 White Butterfly Discus, First, you’ll need to pay attention to their skin, as their skin is a good reflection of their health. the white 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 are almost big. In addition, the dorsal fin and anal fin needs to look symmetrical.  click here to learn more about how to buy a quality discus!
White Butterfly Discus is often confused with:
Albino Platinum, White Diamond, White Scorpion.

General Breeding information

White Butterfly was first bred when purebred pigeon blood paired up with purebred cobalt, and you might like to know the purest cobalt is called reflection deep. what’s funny is that the pure pigeon blood has a lot of pigmentations actually and that’s who white butterfly inherited his pigmentation from (which can easily show up on white butterfly if the water is not soft enough!) and so, the lines of his face came from cobalt. That’s why the old generations of white butterfly had lines and pigmentations on their body which are then continued being bred to become beautifully purred as of today but only after years of efforts. In case you ever wanted to know their babies will show up their real coloration almost only when they get bigger than 2 inches minimun.
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 White Butterfly 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!
White Butterfly Discus pairs up well with:
if paired up with purebred blue scorpion, white scorpion can be bred which are amazingly beautiful.

Other types of Discus you can learn about: