I’m interested to keep and breed spotted fish and I have few questions that I would like to ask you:
1. I read mostly in the Internet that discus of size 2.5-3.5 inch DO NOT show spots and if they do show up it must have been fed food that has been mix with hormone (like CR-6, etc), is this true?
2. What is the history of the leopard and leopard snake skin, where do they come from actually ?
3. Is it possible to get good no of fries that will looks like the parents if the parents are full spotted ? from your experience how many percent can we get ?
We are glad that you are interested in keeping and breeding spotted fish. They are really very beautiful fish.
1. Spotted discus of size 2.5″ to 3.5′ DO NOT show spots and if they do show it must have been fed food that has been mixed with hormone (like CR-6, etc). They will show spots begin at 3″ and full spots at 4″ to 5″. Of course for those stunted fish will show at their stunted sizes. They are small with full spots but with big eyes.
2. Leopard is developed from Red Turquoise x Spotted Green. And Leopard Snakeskin is developed from Red Snakeskin x Spotted Green many years ago. They have been continuously improving. Many beautiful fish have been improved by crossing Leopard and Leopard Snakeskin.
3. It is not possible to tell how many percents of fries that will look like the parents. It is very much depend on the strain from certain breeders. It is very easily said half-half. It is about 50% Leopard and 50% Leopard Snakeskin.