With many names based on colored varieties resulting from controlled breeding, Symphysodon aequifasciatus is referred to as the Red Turquoise Discus. The Red Turquoise Discus, is so named because of its striking turquoise and red stripes, red eyes, and red highlights on the fins. The overall coloration of Discus will vary depending on mood and overall health of the fish. As a result, this Discus is a favorite and prized collection member among hobbyists.
The Red Turquoise Discus requires an advanced level of care due to its feeding habits and water filtration requirements. Territorial during spawning, this otherwise peaceful fish is among the schooling group, forming a well-defined nuclear family.
Becoming slightly territorial when breeding, it is best to breed an established pair, or maintain a group of young Discus and allow them to pair themselves. Warm, soft, slightly acidic water is required for spawning. The pair will clean a flat surface (usually a broad leaf or the side of the aquarium) prior to spawning. The parents must not be removed from the fry; the fry feed on their parents' mucus.
Largely carnivorous, Symphysodon aequifasciata prefer freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, pellet food designed for Discus, high-quality flake food, and meaty frozen foods.