Common Discus Strains & Abbreviations *UPDATED Added Albinos and Strain Photos*

Discussion in 'Slug' started by Slug, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    You might see me use these in my posts concerning Discus. Its good to know that some of these strains are either the same or very similar, and that each breeder tends to name their fish differently, but this is a good overview.

    Blue Strains
    BD - Blue Diamond
    - Blue Scorpion
    BDSS - Blue Diamond Snakeskin
    Cobalt - Cobalt

    Red/Orange/Yellow Strains
    MR - Marlboro Red
    PB - Pigeon Blood
    CPB - Checkerboard Pigeon Blood
    CNPB - Carnation Pigeon Blood
    GM - Gold Melon
    Y/W - Yellow White
    MG - Millennium Gold
    GB - Golden Butterfly
    YC - Yellow Crystal
    RGD - Red Golden Diamond
    3R - Royal Ruby Red
    SM - San Merah
    RP - Red Passion
    SRP - Super Red Passion
    MP - Mandarin Passion
    3R - Royal Ruby Red
    R/W - Red White
    RM - Red Melon
    SRM - Super Red Melon
    RR - Rose Red
    RRI - Rose Red Intermediate

    White Strains
    WD - White Diamond
    SW - Snow White
    WB - White Butterfly
    WBtb - White Butterfly "Throwback"
    WS - White Scorpion

    Striated Strains
    SS - Snakeskin
    TSS - Tiger Snakeskin
    AF - Altum Flora
    FLSS - Fine Line Snakeskin
    TT - Tiger Turquoise
    CBT - Checkerboard Turquoise
    RT - Red Turquoise
    BT - Brilliant Turquoise

    Spotted Strains
    RSG - Red Spotted Green
    LSS - Leopard Snake Skin
    GLSS - Golden Leopard Snake Skin
    GL - Golden Leopard
    PE - Penang Eruption
    SE - Super Eruption
    EL - Eruption Leopard

    Albinos
    AG - Albino Golden
    AS - Albino Snake
    AA - Albino Alenquer
    AT - Albino Turquoise
    AR/W - Albino Red/White
    AY/W - Albino Yellow White
    ASW - Albino Snow White
    ACP - Albino Checkerboard Pigeon
    ARGD - Albino Red Golden Diamond (Solid and Striated)
    APD - Albino Pearl Diamond
    AC - Albino Cobalt
    ABD - Albino Blue Diamond
    AP - Albino Pigeon
    ARB - Albino Royal Blue
    ARSG - Albino Red Spotted Green
    AMG - Albino Millennium Gold

    Other Abbreviations
    BH - Beefheart
    BW - (Hikari) Bloodworms or (California/Live) Blackworms
    BB - Barebottom
    X - A cross.. usually seen between two strains of discus
    f1 - First generation of a cross
     




    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  2. JessWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks Matt, very helpful. : ) I'm bookmarking this one for reference.
     




  3. JessWell Known MemberMember

    Matt, can you tell me what "F10" means or F6, F3. . . . .
    Is it the generation away from wild parents?
     




  4. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Usually the numbers don't get past about F4 or F5. But yes generally its from wild parents. They are basically generation numbers so you could technically use it for domestic pairs.
     
  5. fish_newbieValued MemberMember

    Hey Slug. If you can, can you post pictures of the common strains so newbie like me can tell the differences :D
     
  6. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Haha, i'm working on doing that actually. Gotta get some permission to post other people's photos though since i have never owned many of those strains!
     
  7. ATKINSONWell Known MemberMember

    Very helpful!
     
  8. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Photo Credit is given under each picture. Photos are mine unless noted. Some strains are synonymous so they will be grouped together. It gets tough at Red and Spotting, so I will continue to work at getting photos of each strain up for viewing.

    Blue Strains:
    BD - Blue Diamond (Ocean Greens and Blue Sapphires are basically the same strain)
    A Classic Strain and one of the first and most popular ever created. A solid blue fish that can range in color from a light sky blue to a darker deep blue. No striations or spots are in this strain. May show a metallic green color when turned at the right angle.
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    *Photo courtesy danziger-discus.com*
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    *Photo Courtesy of Kenny at Kenny's Discus*

    - Blue Scorpion / BDSS - Blue Diamond Snakeskin
    This strain is the result of a Blue Diamond and a Snakeskin cross. It will usually show a majority blue base with a snakeskin pattern found throughout its body. The pattern varies widely. It can be on the face, fins, or body.
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    *Photo courtesy Eddie Simply Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy Eddie Simply Discus*
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    Cobalt - Cobalt
    This strain is a blue based strain with more striations then snakeskin look. Its another very classic strain. Cobalts will usually be very Turqoise-like at a younger age, showing bars vertically on their body and some striations along their fins. It is common for them to keep a bar through their eyes. The bars along the body fade with age.
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    *Photo courtesy of Dan at GulfCoastDiscus*
     
  9. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    White Strains:
    WD - White Diamond / SW - Snow White
    These 2 strains are the same with different names. This is an entirely white fish. There should be no other marks on the fish, however color can vary. The body will be solid white, as well as the eyes, however you may see some with a yellow or pink tint to them. These fish will often have a blue sheen to their fins and a yellow face.
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    *Photo courtesy of Kenny at Kenny's Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy of NADA - North American Discus Association*
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    *Photo courtesy of NADA - North American Discus Association*

    WB - White Butterfly / WS - White Scorpion
    These 2 strains are usually synonomus. Even though there are slight differences. White Scorpions, like Blue Scorpions have snakeskin type patters on them and/or in their fins. White Butterflys are usually fairly clean white fish with striations on their face and fins, sometimes extending briefly into the body. You can see in the 2nd picture below, the left is a scorpion the right is a regular butterfly. The scorpion has finer markings.
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    *Photo courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy of Steve_Gurule Simply Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy of moik Simply Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Yang - Fish Trade Zone*
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2009
  10. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Beautiful pics Matt. Thanks for posting them and taking the time to get permission for pics.
    congrats to all who own those beautiful fish.
    Now waiting for the red ones ;)
    carol
     
  11. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Red ones will come soon haha. The reds will hurt your eyes i assure you and wonder how on earth a freshwater fish gets like that. Just updated the first post with Albino strains.

    Striated Strains
    SS - Snakeskin
    The Snakeskin is the base for some of the strains here.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*

    TSS - Tiger Snakeskin
    This is a very nice strain, its fairly new to the hobby. It is distinguished by the vertical striations right behind its forhead. This determines a "Tiger" strain.
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    *Photos above courtesy of Kenny of Kenny's Discus*
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    AF - Altum Flora
    Altum Flora is a high body strain of Turqoise.
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    *Photo courtesy of Vss Simply Discus*
    *Both Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Yang - Fish Trade Zone*

    FLSS - Fine Line Snakeskin
    This is much like the original snakeskin, but it has a much finer pattern on the body.
    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2009
  12. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Wow Matt, they're so pretty. I don't see the pics that you had shared of your beauties.
     
  13. Tony G.Fishlore VIPMember

    wow i liked how you used some of your own pics for it ;)
     
  14. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Striated Strains Cont.

    TT - Tiger Turquoise
    A Turquoise with the same properties as a Tiger SS, the vertical striations behind the forehead. This is a very intense looking Red Turq.
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    *Photo courtesy of Dan - Gulf Coast Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy Nadiscus Simply Discus*


    CBT - Checkerboard Turquoise
    A Red Turq with vertical and horizontal striations creating a Checkerboard type effect on the body of the fish.
    *Photos Courtesy Kenny of Kenny's Discus*

    RT - Red Turquoise
    The original of the Turquoise, these form the base for many of the fish above. Usually will have longer head to tail striations.
    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*
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    *Photo courtesy of casw Simply Discus*

    BT - Brilliant Turquoise
    This strain is a turquoise with blue striations and a blue sheen to it.
     
  15. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    And the moment most of you have been waiting for. The Red Strains. Let me explain first. The reds are pretty difficult because so many look alike. Many breeders have the same fish but call it something different so it can get confusing at times, i am doing just the most common, basic strains that you might see. And even then they all look similar. Also with regards to the Pigeon Blood strains listed here, some look very very similar. I've grouped some together because they are so close. You'd really have to know line lineage to really put a specific name to some.

    Red/Orange/Yellow Strains
    MR - Marlboro Red
    The Marlboro is a red or orange colored Pigeon Blood with few white striations.


    CPB - Checkerboard Pigeon Blood
    This strain is a Pigeon Blood with full body striations forming a checkerboard type of pattern. Some may consider them spotted fish, but you will see real spots soon.


    CNPB - Carnation Pigeon Blood
    Much like the Checkerboard, this has a full body pattern but will usually show more white and its striations are more lengthy compared to the smaller spotting on the Checkerboard.


    GM - Gold Melon
    A mostly orange fish despite its name, with few striations.
     
  16. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Red/Orange/Yellow Strains Cont.
    Y/W - Yellow White
    This strain is a Snow White, but half of its body is yellow. There is a red version of this strain as well.
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    *Photo courtesy Hawaiidiscus.com*

    MG - Millennium Gold
    A solid yellow fish. Should show no striations. Will sometimes have a white, or lighter face.
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    *Both photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*

    GB - Golden Butterfly
    A golden to yellow fish in the body, with striations in its anal and dorsal fins, extending down its forehead.
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    *2 Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*

    YC - Yellow Crystal
    Another solid yellow to gold fish that has some but very little striations on its fins.
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    *Both photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*
     
  17. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Red/Orange/Yellow Strains Cont.
    RGD - Red Golden Diamond / 3R
    Very bright solid red fish. These are golden based and will not show any peppering. They will also not turn dark/black when stressed, they keep their red color. They will have yellow to white faces and can develop a black bar through their fins as they age. Females tend to be more solid colored then the males. The 3R (Royal Ruby Red) is a very similar fish to the RGD and its hard to tell apart. 3R's are a little more red.
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    *Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Yang - Fish Trade Zone*
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    *All Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kenny's Discus*

    SM - San Merah
    A much darker red solid red fish. It will have black in the fins, sometimes a green sheen to its face, and possibly a white flame at the top of its dorsal fin.
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    *All Photos courtesy of dizkuz Simply Discus*

    RP - Red Passion / SRP - Super Red Passion / MP - Mandarin Passion
    These strains are all very similar with minute differences. Some are a bit brighter, others have more of a white face, etc. The Mandarin Passions tend to be a bit more orange in color. Reguardless, these are all solid colored Red - Orange body fish, sometimes having white faces.
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    *Both Photos courtesy of Lawrence Soon - Lucky Tropical Fish Farm*
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  18. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Albino Strains
    AG - Albino Golden
    A mostly solid golden or creme colored fish. Some striations might be present in the face/forhead and through the fins. This fish is mostly void of any patterns. A red pupil certifies it an albino.
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    *Photos courtesy of acroken - Simply Discus*
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*
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    *Photos courtesy of Mike Beals - Central Ohio Discus*

    AS - Albino Snakeskin
    The Albino Snakeskin has a much finer pattern to their light striations then the Albino Turqs. Otherwise they are very similar in color.


    AA - Albino Alenquer
    Much like the Albino Golden, this is a mostly solid colored golden/creme colored fish with striations on its face and fins.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  19. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    AT - Albino Turquoise
    Much like the Albino Golden and Albino Alenquer, the Albino Turq will have the same colors, but more striations then the other two.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*
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    *Photos courtesy of Jeffery Yang - Fish Trade Zone*

    AR/W - Albino Red/White
    The same as the normal Red/White, just an albino. Usually about half red, half white.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*

    AY/W - Albino Yellow/White
    Albino Yellow Whites are the same as the Albino Red Whites except they have yellow where the red is. And of course a red pupil.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*

    ASW - Albino Snow White
    Albino Snow Whites are the same as their normal counterparts, apart from their red pupil.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*

    AMG - Albino Millennium Gold
    Mostly solid yellow fish, this is much like the Albino Pearl Diamonds but will stay a more lemon yellow rather then golden.
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    *Photo courtesy Jeffrey Yang - Fish Trade Zone*
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2009
  20. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    ACP - Albino Checkerboard Pigeon
    Albino Checkerboard Pigeons are majority spotted fish with a red base around the spotting. The spots and red color can vary covering half of the fish or all of the fish.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*

    ARGD - Albino Red Golden Diamond
    The Albino Red Golden Diamond is a solid red fish with a lighter, sometimes white face and some white in the fins. Its very much like the normal variety. This is one of the nicer and higher priced Albino strains, created by Ung Seng Lip. This also has a striated form.
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    *Photos courtesy of Kenny - Kennys Discus*

    ASM - Albino San Merah
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    *Photo courtesy Mike Beals - Central Ohio Discus*
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2009
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