In the past month I have had tree new pairs of discus form from 8 Turquoise I kept from a spawn last July. I lost one due to an accident but I now have three new mated pairs each of which has spawned twice in the past few weeks beginning at about 10.5 months old. Rather earlier than most of my pairs have formed in the past.
Here is pair 1/3 guarding their eggs laid yesterday morning.
This is pair 3/3 guarding the clear flower pot they are preparing to spawn on. The female of pair 2/3 is in the background trying to drive off the pair because they are intruding into her territory. She will spawn at any time. Her ovipositor is extended.
At this young age they have all eaten their spawns within the first 24 hours but they will mature some more and they will become better parents. These are part of my long term project to break the chain away from the group of Asian imports that were their parents. I had four pairs from the original group and only one pair ever produced fertile eggs and young. This is abnormal unless the fish had been treated with hormones which is my suspicion. These are the only domestic discus I intend to continue to raise. It took two years to get to the point where I have "clean" domestic breeding stock that I know everything about their background. I am also involved with a long term project to breed and raise F1 wild Greens and Blues for sale. More Discus fanciers are beginning to show more interest in the wild types. They will always be only a small subset; the fancy domestics will always maintain their hold but there is much to be said for the natural beauty of wild or wild type discus. The wild project will take a few years before it is fully in place and producing fish.