Solid color discus
The whole of solid color discus can be divided into 3 branches :
*The discus 100% solid, who have a unique color covering the whole of their body.
*The solid color discus to 90% which I believe have never been always judged according to the work of selection done by the breeders.
*And finally, the discus 'Heckel cross United '. (tank raised fish with solid color and a central black bar) even if those here are few represented in competition.
Indeed, discus solid at 90% are often competing against discus 100% solid and judged with a rating system in favor of the last ones.
This peculiarity disadvantage for example the "cobalt blue" or the "pigeon white butterfly". (I'm talking here about variety). But, Today we need for all varieties to find their place in the competitions so that all phenotypes can have their chance.
In addition, This could award the work of the "old varieties" breeders. (Cobalt blue) but also those of more modern varieties (Pigeon white butterfly).
Solid discus 100%
The discus 100% solid can be divided into 5 branches of level 5 : the blue, the orange, the yellow, the brown, the white.
I would like to insist on being able to offer a categorization with a maximum of stable phenotypes.
Here for example, the solid color discus "orange" would open the door of the contest to the male of "red melon" variet discus too often absent in competitions. The fault of a classification favoring red females placed in the category "red" (and not solid red).
Females would be for their part placed in the branch 90% solid because so far, evolution of the selection has not yet led to a stable 100% solid red. (Even if many breeders are working on this)
It's the same with the "solid brown" phenotype enjoyed by "old varieties" breeders coming too often cannibalized the wild discus categories..
In the "wild" categories ; These "tank raised brown" discus monopolise the podiums at the expense of wild fish. The consequences are measured by the disaffection of the wild discus entries in contest because of tank raised fish (Wild discus look) are far less stressed by captivity.
A small feature should be also noted on the sub branch of level 5 concerning the solid blue discus "Golden blue" deserving I think a standard (As we will see later) suitable with regard to the color. This is indeed not a strong blue but rather a pearly blue.
Some photos to better understand
Left a discus "solid blue"., on the right a «golden blue» discus
Solid orange discus
Solid brown discus (Left no lines in the forehead area should be more desirable)
Left a discus "United yellow.", on the right a white
Solid discus 90%
In the solid color discus to 90% reds is without doubt the most met phenotype in contest.
As I explained above, It is often female individual. The "red" branch is composed of 4 sub-branches : Red Brown, Red, the golden red and white red.
The red tones are different but these phenotypes can be filed together.
Less and less present, the "cobalt blue" discus often suffer of bad classification. Usually ; contest organizers propose a "solid blue" category, and it is a little bit more complicated for these fish to compete face to "Blue Diamond" (Solid blue).
However it is an "old" phenotype which ; If it was better considered, could maybe remobilize old varieties breeders disinclined to appreciate the new varieties.
More recently, the "pigeon butterfly" appeared in competition and the definition of a beautiful subject deserves to be specified.
Some photos to better understand
Left a solid blue 90% large stripes face, right a fine face stripes.
The fish on the left will be too "vestiges" of striations on the anal and dorsal fins. The goal is the mask goshawks eyes . According to the pattern, the subject with fine lines is very good.
Two red brown discus
Red discus (The Red should cover more the beginning of the body)
On the left a «red golden» discus, to right a 'red white '.
A white large face stripes discus
Discus solid Heckel cross
Like the "Pattern Heckel cross", this phenotype is starting to become regular in competition. Even if we still few see them, some breeders are working on these phenotypes. We have to propose them a place.
We find the "Heckel United Brown cross" but also bruises United. The "Heckel cross" on the left picture, There are remains of some stripes (The head area, dorsal fin, anal). The "Heckel United blue cross' also has vestiges of streaks and should be more"United. ". But there is no doubt that breeders selects subjects always more solid blue.