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Dramatic Discus

Discus are 3 species in the larger group called Cichlids (pronounced sick-lid). Discus are from the Amazon River in South America. They get their name from their shape - very thin and round. Most discus are covered in stripes of blue, green or red in order to blend in with the grasses on the river bed and to communicate with other discus. Discus are unique because of they way they take care of their babies. Like a lot of cichlids, the discus carefully take care of their eggs and larvae. The small fry (the name for baby fish) hang out with mom or dad when they are tiny. And the parents actually have a special slime that the fry will eat for the first week.

Learn this and more about discus in today's Exploring Under Water!

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