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Alenquer Red Discus is named after the region of the Amazon River where it originates from in Alenquer
The Alenquer Red Discus is named after the region of the Amazon River where it originates from in Alenquer, Par Brazil. Although in the wild it is more brown than red and has very noticeable vertical stress bars, Alenquer red discus sold for aquariums have been bred to reduce the stress bar visibility, enhance the vivid red coloring, and produce spots. With juveniles, the Alenquer red discus is a shiny, brownish-bronze color with dark vertical stress bars, light spotting, and an opaque tail fin. As the fish matures, its body becomes more reddish in color and the bars lighten. The spotting also becomes more pronounced, and white spotting and striations on the pectoral and dorsal fins become more vivid. Some Alenquer red discus have a dark bar on their faces, but not all discus of this variety exhibit this trait.
The Alenquer red discus has a round, flat body. Its pectoral and dorsal fins extend almost all the way back to its tail fin, adding to its round look. When full grown, the Alenquer red discus will be approximately 8” long, and it is almost that tall. This large, round fish makes a great addition to a freshwater, tropical aquarium. Discus are popular because of their large size, round, pleasing shape, and their interesting personalities. Because of the cultivation in breeding aimed at enhancing the color and patterns of the fish, this Alenquer red discus is a real beauty that will stand out in your aquarium.