may have many names based on colored verities however the Pigeon Blood Discus are the most popular. Their bodies are bright orange with black marbling and the fins are brown with a turquoise hue. The overall coloration of this Discus will vary depending on mood and overall health of the fish. The Discus has surpassed the Freshwater Angelfish for sale
as the most popular freshwater aquarium cichlid fish.
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History of the Pigeon Blood Discus Article
The pigeon blood discus strain was developed by Thai discus breeder Kitti Phanaitthi in 1989. They were named after the rubies of the same name found within the Mokok Mine (Myanmar). This name was given by Kitti because some of the fish exhibited deep red colored eyes. This strain was a result of an initial crossing of a unique Striped Turquoise male originally from Schmidt-Focke lineage (this fish was unusual with a golden base, violet stripes and black dusting 'peppering' all over). He had obtained this fish from a friend for ฿100,000 (Thai baht) which was approximately $3000 (U.S) and bred it with a Red Turquoise female (Schmidt-Focke) owned by Kitti himself.
50% of the initial breeding resulted in Red Turquoise individuals and the other 50% were the Striped Turquoise. These individuals had the ‘pigeon blood’ phenotype from the father which included a lot of black spotting (peppering) on a pale orange / yellow base with noticeable yellow or occasionally red eyes.
The true pigeon blood strain was never stabilized (it didn't breed true). A stabilized 'strain' must produce 100% of the young identical to the parents, but many individuals harboring the pigeon gene were shipped worldwide and the almost amelanistic gene was spread across the globe after Kitti exhibited the fish at Aquarama 1991. These hence manifested in multiple locations thereafter.
Pigeon blood types have been refined through selective breeding over many years by breeders around the world (including Kitti himself) who saw the value of this genetic mutation. Not only for the creation of new marketable strains but more specifically the removal of the dark pigment within the base color allowed for accentuation of the pattern layer amongst many other possibilities. A way to deliberately induce amelanism (although not very effective without a few generations of selective breeding).
Pigeon Blood Discus Tank Video
Red Pigeon Blood Discus "Day One" Video