Discus Fish 53 Different Colors [Full List]

Discus fish are beautiful, elegant creatures that come in a wide variety of colors. My first discus fish was a blue one, and I was absolutely mesmerized by its beauty.

I said to myself, “I need to get more of these fish!” So, I started doing some research on them and discovered that there are actually over 55 different colors of discus fish!

In this guide, I’ll share with you a full list of all the different colors of discus fish to help you choose the perfect one for your aquarium.

Discus Fish Types

Discus fish types fall into three main categories, each has its own set of colors. They are:

  • Solid Colors: These have a single color throughout
  • Mild Patterned: These discus fish have protruding points on their bodies, but they are not excessively large
  • Highly Patterned: Discus with tiny points sprinkled over their bodies

Under each category, there are a lot of subspecies with different colors. Let’s take a look at all of them in detail:

Solid Colors

White Butterfly Discus

The White Butterfly discus has one bluish-white hue and red or orange eyes with black lines on their faces, as well as yellow tints on the top of their heads and tails.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon aequifaciatus axelrodi
  • Size: Up to 6 Inches
  • Age: Up to 10 years
  • pH: 6 – 6.5
  • Temperature: 77 F – 84 F

Ghost Discus

The Ghost discus has a medium-toned, unappealing gray color that isn’t particularly pretty in an aquarium. Also, their fins have translucent edges.

Characteristics

Albino Golden Discus

These discus fish are golden yellow with faint red borders around the eyes and translucent fins that give them a resemblance to just-picked mangoes.

Characteristics

Albino Platinum Discus

The Discus albino is a beautiful, white fish with red eyes and golden features. The body of the Discus albino is completely platinum in color, but if you look closely, you can notice a hint of color in its red eyes and the gold hue surrounding its mouth and gulls.

Characteristics
  • pH Range: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Water Temperature: 82ºF-86ºF
  • Diet Type: Carnivorous
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Red Sun Discus

The red sunfish has discus that is brilliantly red and vivid yellow. Their fins blend in so well with their eyes making them one of the most beautiful and stunning discus fish.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon aequifasciatus
  • Origin: South America
  • pH Range: 6.5-7.5
  • Water Temperature: 28 ° C – 30 ° C
  • Diet Type: Carnivorous (frozen bloodworms, live blackworms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Blue Diamond Discus

The Blue Diamond Discus Fish is a thin, oval-shaped fish with a beautiful blue coloration. It gets its brilliant hue from wild-caught specimens that were selectively bred for desirable variations in color.

Characteristics

Albino Green Discus

These discus species have pink eyes and a blue-green hue to their heads, with opal white skin that has a faint pink undertone.

In some lighting conditions, you might see a yellowish coloration on their bodies.

Characteristics
  • Diet Type: Carnivorous (bloodworms, blackworms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers
  • Temperament: Peaceful

Mercury Discus

They have a beautiful light blue shade with scales that look like they’re from heaven! Usually, their tail is translucent too. As for their eyes, they’re red while yellow is frequently visible on the head.

Characteristics
  • Size: 3 inches
  • Temperature Range: 25 °C – 30°C
  • pH Range: 6.3 – 7.2
  • Temperament: Peaceful fish

Red Diamond Discus

The red diamond discus fish has transparent fin edges with an orange and yellow face. Their dominant hue is a deep crimson covering the majority of their body.

Characteristics
  • Size: About 2 inches
  • Water Temperature: 84-86F degrees
  • Diet Type: Carnivorous (blackworms, bloodworms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Yellow White Discus

The colors of this discus are yellow with white accents, and the eyes are red or golden, as well as translucent tail and fin edges. Also, their head is white with faint yellow tints.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon aequifasciatus
  • Temperament: Peaceful fish
  • Diet Type: Carnivorous (blackworms, bloodworms)
  • Breeding: Egg layers

Red Marlboro Discus

This fish is identified by its blue tail and dark red fins that fade into orange and yellow. Additionally, their eyes are crimson while the head is a mustard color.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus
  • Common Name: Marlboro Red Discus, Red Melon Discus
  • Adult Size: 6-7 inches
  • Habitat: Amazon basin of S. America
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • Temperature Range: 82-86°F
  • pH Range: 6.4 -7.2
  • Hardness Range: 1-3
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore (frozen blood worm, beef heart, live black worms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Red Cover Discus

The Red Cover Discus fish has a bright red-orange body with rich yellow colors. Their pale face extends into a beautiful reddish-orange body that fades back to a deep golden color at the dorsal, pectoral, anal, and tail fins.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet Type: Carnivorous (blackworms, bloodworms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Solid Blue discus

These fish show crimson eyes and powder-blue faces. The tail is slate-gray with a bluish tint, and the caudals gradually darken into blue as they approach the head.

The dorsal and anal fins are edged in black with a blue tint.

Characteristics
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore (frozen blood worm, beef heart, live black worms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Solid Blue discus

These fish show crimson eyes and powder-blue faces. The tail is slate-gray with a bluish tint, and the caudals gradually darken into blue as they approach the head.

The dorsal and anal fins are edged in black with a blue tint.

Characteristics
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore (frozen blood worm, beef heart, live black worms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Cobalt Blue Discus

The Cobalt Blue Discus or Neon Blue Discus has a blue body with darker fins. The face is light blue with a dark band that goes through the eyes.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus
  • Common Name: Cobalt Blue Discus, Neon Blue Discus, Discus
  • Adult Size: 8- 10 inches
  • Life Expectancy: 5 years
  • Habitat: Amazon basin of S. America
  • Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallon
  • Temperature Range: 82-86F
  • pH Range: 6.4 -7.2
  • Hardness Range: 1° to 8° DH
  • Temperament: Semi aggressive
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivores
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Millennium Golden Discus

This unique gold discus, popularly known as the AMG, is a yellow discus with orange and red undertones. Also, it may have an orange and red hue to it, which gives it this genuine “vampire” appearance.

Characteristics
  • Name: Millennium Gold Discus
  • Family: Cichlidae
  • Species: Discus
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon sp
  • Size: 10 inches
  • Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • pH level: 6.0-6.5
  • Water Temperature: 82ºF to 86ºF
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Breeding: Egg layer
  • Temperament: Peaceful

White Diamond Discus

The White Diamond Discus fish is instantly recognizable by its pearl white body and light blue fins. It’s a popular choice for freshwater aquariums, as it’s relatively low-maintenance and easy to care for.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus
  • Common Name: White Diamond Discus, Snow White Discus
  • Adult Size: 6-7 inches
  • Habitat: Amazon basin of S. America
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • Temperature Range: 82-86°F
  • pH Range: 6.4 -7.2
  • Hardness Range: 1-3
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore (frozen blood worm, beef heart, live black worms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

White Scorpion Discus

The Black Scorpion is a cross between the Blue Scorpion and White Pigeon, which has resulted in tiny black spots on its body.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore (frozen blood worm, beef heart, live black worms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers

Red Melon Discus

The Red Melon Discus has a red-orange to the pale yellow body and either a reddish-orange or pale yellow head.

Characteristics
  • Origin: South America
  • Care Level: Advanced
  • Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • Environment: Freshwater
  • Max Size: 8 inches
  • Diet: Carnivore

Mild Patterned

Red Discus

The Red Discus or Heckel discus is a species of cichlid fish that have more rounded shapes than other discus strains on their bodies, eyes, and tail fins.

Also, their natural coloration is a deep red, but some may have white markings on the head or fins. A few captive-bred fish can be mostly white, black, or faint red.

In addition, they have a wide band going down the center of their bodies which is then followed by narrower and darker bands on the sides.

Characteristics
  • Origin: South America
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Care Level: Advanced
  • Environment: Freshwater
  • Diet: Carnivore

Blue Discus

These beautiful fish come in various shades of blue, some with white or black dotted patterns. Also, they have a wide range of tones, from light brown to vibrant blue or white. Some even have a red and blue tinge!

Characteristics
  • Scientific name: Symphysodon aequifasciata haraldi
  • Common name: Blue discus
  • Family: Cichlidae
  • Origin: South America
  • Size: 13 – 15 cm (5.12 – 5.91 inches)
  • pH: 5.5 – 7.5
  • Water Hardness (dGH): 0 – 8°N (0 – 142.86ppm)
  • Temperature: 27 – 30 °C (80.6 – 86°F)
  • Temperament: peaceful

Green Discus

The hue of this discus is brilliant, with some seeming to be a light blue mixed with a touch of green, and others appearing to have been bathed in stagnant water. Also, they may have white and black checkerboard designs.

Additionally, some feature a yellow-and-green design with a thick dark green line across their eyes and down their bodies.

Characteristics
  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon aequifaciatus
  • pH: 6 – 6.5
  • Temperature: 77 F – 84 F
  • Size: Up to 6 Inches
  • Age: Up to 10 years

Brown Discus

A brown discus is a variant of the green discus with a green and brown color scheme, as well as a yellow and brown tint. Also, the pelvic fins are thin, and the pectoral fins are almost transparent.

Characteristics
  • Species name: Symphysodon aequifasciata axelrodi 
  • Family: Cichlidae
  • Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Origin: South America near Belem and Rio Urubu
  • Maximum length: 6 inches(15 cm)
  • Minimum tank size: 50 gallons for a maximum of 4 Discus
  • Hardiness: Medium to difficult
  • Temperament: Very peaceful

Heckel Cross Discus

The Heckel cross discus fish is orange and blue with an orange head, yellow tinges at the fins and tails, as well as white spots throughout their bodies. Also, there is a dark blue or black band that runs vertically down the middle of their bodies, as well as along their tails’ bases.

Characteristics

  • Species: Symphysodon aequifasciata
  • Origin: South America
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Breeding: Egg layer

Golden Crystal Discus

This discus has a paler abdominal region compared to others of its kind, and it is either orange or deep purple. Also, its face, pectoral fin, and other body parts are much more colorful.

Characteristics
  • Species: Symphysodon aequifasciata
  • Origin: South America
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Breeding: Egg layer

Golden Marlboro Discus

Golden Marlboro discus has white specks on a yellow gold background making this one of the most beautiful discus morphs.

Characteristics

Scientific Name: Symphysodon aequifasciata

Origin: South America

Max Size: 8 inches

Breeding: Egg layer

Care Level: Difficult

Temperament: Almost Peaceful 

Rose Red Discus

The Red Rose Discus is a member of the Red Marlboro discus family. This fish has Alenquer genes, and its color appears browner than other forms of red discus.

Characteristics

  • Scientific Name: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus
  • Common Name: Rose Red Discus, Discus
  • Adult Size: 6-7 inches
  • Habitat: Amazon basin of S. America
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • Temperature Range: 82-86°F
  • pH Range: 6.4 -7.2
  • Hardness Range: 1-3
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet & Nutrition: Carnivore (frozen blood worm, beef heart, live black worms)
  • Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers
  • Gender: Venting is the best way to sex Discus

Highly Patterned

Tiger Turkish Discus

Tigers have a distinctive pattern design with blue-tinged fins and tails and a gorgeous color scheme.

Brilliant Blue Discus

These fish have dark blue bands running down their vertically-aligned bodies. Their eyes are red, and their skin is a metallic blue hue. Plus, the fins and tails are red, dark blue, and metallic blue.

Albino Turquoise Discus

Albino Turquoise has an ocean blue hue covering their entire bodies with a green and yellow head. Also, they have crimson patterns as well as red and ocean blue eyes.

Pigeon Blood Discus

Pigeon Blood Discus is a selectively bred or manufactured sort of Discus with a creamy yellowish to the orange base color, highlighted by vivid red eyes and striped in black lines and spots.

Most of the time, these fish have black tails with various amounts of light stripe markings or spots.

Rot Turkish Discus

The Rot Turkish discus fish has a round body covered in multiple colors, including red, blue, orange, and white. Also, they have orange fins and tails with black eyes that barely have noticeable pupils.

Blue Snakeskin Discus

The blue snakeskin discus has a red and white head, with a yellow tail that has a faint dark band near the base. More to add, the body is turquoise with dark red dots scattered throughout the primary blue color.

Leopard Spotted Discus

Leopard spotted discus fish have light blue bodies with black vertical stripes outlined in red. Additionally, there is a black band running across their red and blue eyes.

CheckBoard Red Valentine Discus

This discus fish has a beautiful, intricate red and white design that becomes more complex the lower you go on its body. Their eyes are dark yellow, and the fins and tail have translucent tips.

Spider Leopard Discus

This fish has a white body with spots of various sizes and a light blue tail with tiny unruly white dots. Their eyes are dark black, with a ring of bright blue around the pupil.

White Leopard Discus

The white leopard discus fish is distinguished by its blue and white head, in addition to its striking red and dark yellow eyes. The black hue of the tail and fins creates a beautiful contrast against the rest of the body.

Red Map Discus

The red map discus has a dark crimson body with bright crimson eyes. The tail is transparent white, and the coloration of the body is mostly made up of thick red and blue lines on the body, including the fins.

Albino Leopard Discus

The albino leopard discus has a white and blue body with red spots and patterns, as well as a striped orange head and dark eyes encircled by a deep orange ring.

Fineline Snakeskin Discus

These buddies have red dots and squiggles on their bodies, with a translucent tail. Their eyes are red, with a whitish-blue undertone. From the head to their mouth, they have a solid orange color.

Red Turquoise Discus

This discus fish has a scarlet stripe pattern over a chatoyant greenish-blue background. Its tail is like a tangerine, and the discus’s hues are bright.

Snow Leopard Discus

The Snow Leopard Discus fish has a background color of pale pink, and its body is covered in Pale red leopard spots. However, these spots become translucent pink near the anal fin and dorsal fins.

Red Snakeskin Discus

The Red Snakeskin Discus is gracefully exotic, with a colorful snakeskin pattern that extends across its body, fins, and face. Its tranquil beauty captivates anyone with unique combinations of red, blue, yellow, and orange.

Checkerboard Turkish Discus

The Checkerboard Turkish Discus is a beautiful fish with an uncommon color mix of light blue and orange horizontal stripes crossed by black vertical bars on the body and head.

Golden Checkerboard Discus

The Golden Checkerboard Discus is easily identified by a golden middle in its body and white and golden striations extending down the fins and head.

White Dragon Discus

This discus has an orange head and a pearl white body with orange streaks that resemble a dragon.

Pigeon Snakeskin Discus

This strain was created by crossing Snakeskin and Pigeon Blood discus. These variations have blue, orange, red, and yellow spots on their body with a snakeskin-like texture.

Albino Snakeskin

The fish’s name is derived from its bright pink/red coloration, which resembles crimson coral and has red eyes!

Leopard-Skin Discus

The red-spotted green discus was crossed with other mutated variants of itself to produce this particular fish. This new hybridized fish has a light gray background with irregularly-distributed dark red spots.

Golden Leopard Snakeskin Discus

The Golden Leopard has beautiful and unique burnt orange, red, and ochre markings. Additionally, the spiky dorsal and ventral fins make it look strong and menacing.

Ring Leopard Discus

This lovely Discus fish has a bright color scheme that includes a blue gradient with red leopard spots and orange eyes, giving it the appearance of wearing a mask.

Leopard Snakeskin Discus

The Leopard Snakeskin Discus has a snakeskin pattern on the body and fins, red spots, and golden flecks, as well as specks that give it a leopard’s appearance.

Mosaic Leopard Discus

The Mosaic Leopard has a wide range of colors, including yellow, orange, and red with jagged spots interspersed throughout.

Tiger Pigeon Discus

The Tiger Pigeon Discus resembles a pigeon discus, with irregular brown stripes on a light blue background color. Also, it has an orange face and black eyes.

Last Words

Discus fish are some of the most beautiful and majestic creatures in the world. With over 53 different colors, there’s a discus fish for everyone! So go out and find your perfect match today!

Which color is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!