Baby discus lining up for a photo shoot
I got them about a month ago, at 1" to 1.25". now little over 2". These are leopards and leopard snake skins. Buying discus at such a small size is like getting "a box of chocalate, you never know what you are going to get". They might show red spots when they grow up, or they might not. Other options are to buy those brightly colored, hormoned 3" discus, but they won't live for long, or pay $250 for a nice adult.
Got it over 2 weeks ago at 2.5", now about 3". It should look like this as adult:
Albino (rabbit eye):
This is an expensive 3" fish. I bought it more for its novelty than beauty. It does not have any black pigment on the entire body, hence "albino". Even its pupils are deep red, and the remnants of the black bars are also red. I picked out this fish in a hurry and realized its shape could have been rounder. I found that this type of fish seems to be highly inbred, and it has pretty poor eye sight. Remember the T-Rex in the movie Jurassic Park? It can only see the prey when it is moving. Same thing here, it can only find bloodworms when the worm is dropping in water, it can't find food either from the feeding cone or on the floor! My other discus make a mess at feeding time, so it does not have any problem filling its stomach, but I doubt that it can survive in the wild.
My new aquisition yestoday, a 4" "scarlet" discus:
"Scarlet" is the name given by the breeder. To me, it is just a super clean "red melon". It is now my favorite discus, you can see why.