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In order to reduce the amount of peppering you need to change the colors inside your aquarium. With discus the best color gravel or sand should be bright white. Stay away from dark gravel and dark backgrounds. Usually white gravel with light blue background is the best colors to make your fish look really bright and reduces the black peppering.
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It is my understanding that peppering on PB fish are the remnants of the vertical bars from non-PB discus... rather than being arranged into straight vertical lines, they are dispersed throughout the body as peppering and show up as random black specks. This is why pigeon blood discus will show pepper when stressed or sick. It is also why pigeons will pepper up during spawning. Yes, fry will attach and feed off pigeons, though with some light colored discus (like white pigeons/butterflies), it is difficult. Why my discus fish have black fins? Can anyone help me on this?
Photo provided by FlickrI have some black peppering discus they are about 80 percent soild black. they are very health fish.
Photo provided by FlickrThe black peppering spots on discus is normal. usually discus fish that have a pigeon blood gene in them are prone to black peppering spots.
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Pigeon blood discus do not have the black vertical bars on them like other discus do... instead of being aligned in bars, the black pigment is spread throughout the body, which is why the fish have little black spots or "pepper" all over them. So naturally, the pepper becomes more prominent when the fish is stressed/angry/excited just like bars on regular discus show during these times.Black peppering spots are a natural way for discus to adapt and camouflage themselves into their environment. If your aquarium has a dark colored background with dark colored gravel your discus fish will adapt to the colors. Any discus with a pigeon blood gene will start to develop back peppering spots. Any discus fish that does not have a pigeon blood gene will just darken in color. I think a deep, matted jet black fish is beautiful only if it also has a stunning drift of a veil-tail behind it, like a huge dress-tail of some 1940's actress in an old movie. For a discus fish, which is round and predominantly "body" with relatively small fins, it would take alot to make it beautiful. I have a hard time envisioning it. To each his/her own. I stick with my fav....old fashion blue diamonds and sapphires. MikeThe main cause of death in most imported discus fish from east Asian countries like Thailand and also in aquarium stores is a fatal viral with Folk name of Discus Plague or Black Disease. It is also known as discus flu! Due to the lack of scientific research, there is no scientific name or treatment for the disease. ( Assistant Research Professor – DVM, Ph.D., University of Florida) believes that what we call “Discus Plague” is just a herpes virus. By our experience, this disease affects discus, angelfish, severum, and oscars. In this article, we introduce general information about black disease, symptoms/signs of the discus plague, and possible treatments and cures.In order to reduce the amount of peppering you need to change the colors inside your aquarium. With discus the best color gravel or sand should be bright white. Stay away from dark gravel and dark backgrounds. Usually white gravel with light blue background is the best colors to make your fish look really bright and reduces the black peppering.As said earlier, very little scientific evidence exists about Discus Plague Disease and all we know about it is based on our beliefs. Although it’s difficult to determine the origin of the discus plague, there are some signs and symptoms in infected fish that show that Discus Black Disease is probably a viral infection. One of the most important reasons for the Discus Plague to be known as a viral infection is because in most cases, discus only get a certain sub-type of plague virus just once. Actually, every time a discus recovers from an infection, its body creates a store of antibodies against that particular sub-type of virus. As more viruses exhibit this behavior, we are able to understand that the Plague of Discus Fish would be a viral infection too, however, some experts believe that other forms of the disease probably existed. so a discus that recovers from a certain form of discus plague virus is vulnerable to other forms of the illness.