The Red Checkerboard Discus has a unique pattern of white to turquoise to red stripes on its body, distinguishing it from other discus species.
These lines criss cross so that the overall design appears to be a checkerboard, hence the name.
This guide will show you how to care for your Red Checkerboard Discus fish so that they can thrive in your home aquarium.
How to Care for Checkboard Red Valentine Discus?
1. Water Parameters
This species can adapt to a broader range of water conditions as long as the changes are gradual and the fish has adequate time to acclimate.
As a result, it is best to do a 25-50% water change every two weeks with these fish.
Maintaining a consistent water temperature for your fish is essential to prevent stress in your fish.
The ideal water temperature for Checkboard Red Valentine Discus is between 82-86°F (28-30°C).
Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate
Low water quality is one of the leading causes of death in aquarium fish. So, it is essential to maintain strict water quality parameters in your aquarium.
The ideal levels of ammonia and nitrite should be 0 ppm. Nitrate levels can be slightly higher, around 20-30 ppm.
If you notice any spikes in these levels, do a significant water change immediately and monitor your fish closely for signs.
Checkerboard Red Valentine Discus is not particularly fussy regarding water movement.
However, they do prefer a slightly slower water flow in the aquarium.
2. Tank Setup
Checkerboard Red Valentine Discus require moderate lighting in the aquarium to be able to see their food and also to show off their beautiful colors.
These species’ aquariums should be designed to resemble their natural Amazonian environment as much as possible.
Try to include some large rocks or driftwood to provide hiding places, which will help reduce stress in the fish.
The Checkerboard Red Valentine Discus is a beautiful and peaceful fish that makes a great addition to any aquarium.
They can thrive in your home tank and provide you with years of enjoyment with the proper care. Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Happy fish keeping!