Brachychalcinus orbicularis

Common Names: Discus Tetra
Disk Tetra
Salmon Discus
Synonyms: Ephippicharax orbicularis
Poptella orbicularis
Tetragonopterus orbicularis
Family: Characidae
Category: Characins
Distribution: America - South; Suriname and Guyana
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; A peaceful shoaler.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Will eat most commercial, frozen, and freeze-dried foods. Appreciates vegetable matter in its diet. A large, well planted tank is needed, but also with open swimming areas. Use tough or artificial plants as this fish may eat some aquarium plants.
5.5 - 7.5
18°C - 25°C
64°F - 77°F
5 dH - 25 dH
Potential Size: Male: 9cm (3.5")
Female: 9cm (3.5")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Cannot be determined from external features.
Breeding: Not accomplished in captivity.
Comments: This is a rare, yet beautiful species. Side-lighting will bring out the green, violet, and pink hues on its otherwise silver body.
Main Colours: Silver, Green, Pink
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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