Discus strain categories
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.