Aprils Aquarium received new blue angelfish from the Phillipimes.also received some small size Discus .
Many people say you shouldn’t keep Discus with Angels because they’re not found together in the wild, but is this really true?
Angelfish are frequently mates of Discus in nature. Normally they are in a minority within a large Discus group, but I was recently very surprised to get 400 Green discus and nearly 250 angelfish together in one netting.
Pterophyllum scalare are found normally in smaller groups of five to ten within a large Discus group and are, after Geophagus/Satanoperca/Biotodoma species, the most frequent mates of Discus.
P. leopoldi can only be found as mates of Heckel Discus (Rio Negro system), but less than with P. scalare, which also lives in the Rio Negro basin.
P. altum is never found with Discus, as it does not live in their habitats. It is restricted to the upper Orinoco tributaries where no Discus has been found.
In my opinion…and a personal one is the amazon is a huge body of flowing water and fresh aerated water . In a closed system there possibly could be a different set of immunities or parasites that discus don’t hsndle as well.
Although the altums and a lot of altum crosses are beautiful fish.
There’s more and more breeding now with wild angel
The first shipment of Tony Tan discus will be arriving the last week of AUGUST 2014.
Aprils Aquarium will be the supplier of Tony Tan discus and Pinoy angelfish for http://discususa.com
For select or large discus preorder will be required with a deposit.
Shipping in Canada can be arranged. Airport to Airport. See shipping page for airlines .
Small assorted strains will be available for purchase at Aprils Aquarium .
Its quite an undertaking to list all colours and patterns and strains of discus so I have made a grouping of charachteristics. Also different farms or creators have their own names for similar strains that may have differences or created from different lineage. Striated discus Striated discus are some of the classic strains and some of the first domestic discus derived from the wilds which were collected. Some of the strains are turquoise, brilliant, red turquoise, red checkerboard, scribble, altum flora, mosaic,tiger turquoise (which have more vertical striations ) These typically have nine vertical bars. The snakeskins and leopard snakeskins have 14 bars and their striations and patterns are alot finer pattern. Blue snakeskin, red snakeskin, leopard snakeskin, Penang eruptions, web leopard, and more! Solid strains Solid strains include blue diamonds, red covers, goldens, snow whites, These do not have the vertical bars . The blue diamond should have no striations in the face or fins. There are some adult discus like the cobalt who don’t show their bars but they do have bars that show as juveniles and they do show them if they become stressed. The cobalts have striations in their fins and faces. A unique discus that helped to create some of these strains was the ghost discus. no bars,,except eye bar. it has a lot of colour differences with moods but basically a brown base barless fish. These fish were said to be used to work on the San Marah discus which is dark deep maroon red with a band around the dorsal .A very striking fish. Also the snow white discus and the goldens come from a brown base discus. unlike pigeon yellows who come from pigeons. These tend to get more orange as they age especially if fed foods with colour enhancers. Pigeon blood discus. Pigeon bloods also do not have bars. They do however get some black peppering on their noses and bodies at times. This is actually displaced bars. If stressed the pepper can become heavy. They should be kept in a lighter background aquarium to lessen the pepper.some of the strains are Marlboro, yellow pigeons, white pigeons, orange and white patterned, etc. some have beautiful spotting and intense colours. Pigeons tend to have a very bright red eye. There are also some pigeons they have crossed with snakeskin or leopard snakeskin discus to get golden leopards and golden leopard snakeskins etc. These are very nice fish. Another strain that is quite striking is pearl pigeons. red with white pearl pattern. Theres other varieties similar. Pigeons have become a lot cleaner with the peppering over the last years.
One favourite of mine as well as other peoples is the butterfly pigeon. white discus with face patterns and some blue in their fins. IN the last few years their body style has gotten better and show a higher bodied fish. Albino discus. The first albinos were found in spawns of golden discus which derived from the brown base discus. From there the breeders have created albino versions of most strains. Albino golden, albino leopards, albino turquoise, albino snow whites, etc. They have the rabbit eye or pink eyes. Their colours are more subdued. For those who like the yellows, whites, etc but not the pepper these are striking. Their cost is quite a bit higher as there are less in each spawn . They also tend to grow at a slower rate. My favourite is the Albino red spot green. Your discus display tank can be an endless choice of colours and patterns. Some people have all one strain, some two strains, and some choose a mix.
A betta needs a container with an air space at the top as they breathe from the surface. They are anatabids , a specialty designed lung. Betta males cannot be kept togeather , one Betta per home. They defend their territory ., and in a small confined container they will fight.
Bettas can have a small bottom feeder, or frog or a group of small fish to go with them if they are in an aquarium or larger container.
However they do well on their own and will come up to greet you when they see you once settled.
Small containers are fine but need more water changes. at least weekly and twice weekly is better. They will however benefit from a nano tank with filtration and is less maintenance. They like a plant or something to rest on.
Betta containers should be kept away from drafts and temperature should be at least 70 degrees.
When changing water , dechlorinator should be used .
Bettas have specific betta food which is usually small floating pellets. feed sparingly to not foul water and or cause bloat.
Bettas can live up to three years or so with good care.
Aprils Aquarium will be the Canadian supplier of Tony Tan discus and pinoy angelfish.
David Labell of DscusUSA,com and AngelfishUSA.com will be working with me to offer Canadians with quality unique fish.
We are very excited to have you as our EXCLUSIVE angelfishusa/discususa distributor for CANADA. You will have Tony Tan’s Discus (one of the best breeders in the world) as well as AngelfishUSA (Philippine Blue Angels, Pinoy Angels, Paraiba Angels, Red Koi’s, and so many more). and now with our new farm in the Philippines we have F1 Wilds (St Isabell, MAnacupura, Red Spotted, and even Blue St ISabel), and of course we are the USA breeder and distributor of the Dantum Angelfish. Albino Dantum Angelfish! Once again, welcome and let’s see some GREAT QUALITY discus and angelfish in the Cananda Market now. Our sponsorship will start this coming week. And you are in charge of it.