My Red melon fry pictures…

Birth 2011/2012

After having selected A few fishes in the births obtained in 2010/2011, I decide to breed two Red melon discus.

I propose to follow in pictures the result of this experiment…


Ponte de discus Red Melon Ponte de discus Red Melon

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Couple reproducteur de discus Red Melon Couple reproducteur de discus Red Melon

Female Red melon depositing her eggs… The male fertilizes immediately.

Discus from my selection.

Below, the pictures of fry Almost 3 months .


Alevins de discus Red Melon


Alevins de discus Red Melon

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Alevins de discus Red Melon Alevins de discus Red Melon

Alevins de discus Red Melon

Alevins de discus Red Melon

Below, Almost 4 months …

Groupe d'alevins discus red melon 4 mois Yann Hoiret

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Groupe d'alevins discus red melon 4 mois Yann Hoiret

Size approximately 4 cm

Deux alevins discus red melon 4 mois Yann Hoiret Deux alevins discus red melon 4 mois Yann Hoiret

Groupe d'alevins discus red melon 4 mois Yann Hoiret

This is the time to transfer the fry in a larger aquarium, There are approximately 5 to 6 cm. Good moment for taking few shots!

Alevins discus red melon Mars 2012

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Alevins discus red melon nés chez Yann Hoiret

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Discus Breeder and Discus columnist, Yann Hoiret share on the website Fanatik-Discus his experience and passion for the King of aquariums. From 2014 He worked as a writer for the french magazine "AquaMag", the German magazines "Discus Live" and "Discus yearbook". He participated as an international judge in France Discus show 2014 and 2016 in Arvert, au Greek Discus Show 2014 in Athens, Discus Show in Paris Grigny 2015, 2017 and 2019, au FIDO concurso 2016, 2017 and 2018 Spain, au Nordic Discus Show 2018 Sweden, au France Discus Show 2018 Cognac, Discusvrienden the discus competition 2018, 2019, 2022 in the Netherlands.


  1. Lawrence on

    I like to know how you manage to successfully breed 2 red melon discus .
    Thank you for more details.

  2. Yann Hoiret on

    Good evening,
    I have a good group of adults at home. For this mating, I selected 2 fishs placed in a breeding tank of hundred liters.
    After turning the water parameters to values ​​suitable for egg development, I let the pair lay a couple of times before they adequately take care of their youngs.
    I am careful not to shock the fry by sudden changes of water parameters.
    aquarium contours are white to encourage juveniles to "climb" on the back of their parents.
    I make sure to maintain good water quality and feed regularly.
    I've answer your expectations?

  3. Well done yann yet beautiful babies ahead!!!!

    How many young? you had loss the first time?

  4. Yann Hoiret on

    Thank you Frank !

    I hope these fish will grow well…
    There are not many young, 26 if I'm not mistaken. I have not had much loss (10% at the larval stage I think) This strain is not as prolific as more traditional varieties. But…. I'll work on that side also.
    And this is their first babies for them !


  5. Super breeding, this young already have a super form .
    What will you work on this strain ?

  6. Yann Hoiret on

    Thanks Aque !

    ... So, those who know me well will tell you that I am eternal dissatisfied…
    I always find something to improve!
    I intend to keep a nice shape, si possible « High body ». Improve fish size, make uniform the batch, make females more prolific etc.…
    Basically keep the characters that I like and improve those I like least 🙂
    Some things to have fun!


  7. Their grow rate is in the right direction, continue like that Yann. It is also very nice to follow their evolution.
    On the other hand (I do not see very well) but I have the impression that some of the fishes have little short opercula, it might be interesting to trace your conductivity earlier 😉

  8. Yann Hoiret on

    Hi Sylvain ! 🙂

    Thank you for your comment! Some people have requested me some pictures, I have made some history just to share it here. Yes there are 2 or 3 fishes with short operculum. Well done !!! 😉
    Me, which usually take a few notes, (especially in their "first steps in life"); on this batch I couldn't say when I increase the conductivity…
    The, It varies between 350 / 380 micro siemens. (water + salts minerals preis). I had install 4 days ago a filtration system + coal to make some tests with my tap water.


  9. If your water is not too bad, It will bring good things (All minerals are not present in the preis or other salts 😉
    The use of 100% osmosis water + salt is for me to use as a last resort (if just tap water or nearby sources are too "rotten" and bring too much risk.
    Biensur these writings is only my opinion 😉

  10. Yann Hoiret on

    Good evening Sylvain,
    So I fully agree with you…
    It is for that reason I equipped myself with a tap water filtration system to mix it with osmosis water.
    Before I mixed osmosis water and tap water, then after a few worries in the larval stage, in my reproductions, I went to the option 100% osmosis + mineral salts.
    But with the same reasoning as you, I want to remake go back but taking care to filter my tap water before use it.
    Yann 🙂

  11. I was wondering what size of grow tank they are maintained and how many water change ?

    In any case good result !

  12. Hi Yann,
    can you tell us these fish what genetic have?
    at small are very clear, and are different from the melon-based pigeon?


  13. Yann Hoiret on

    Hi Genny,
    Those fishs have pigeon base genes…
    4 generatons ago, a red melon female was cross with a san merah male.
    The fry on picture is the result of 2 inbreeding generation. What i was looking for was: grow rate, body shape and the most clear tails fishs.
    Here is the result. I think the clear tails gene come from a small part of ghost discus you can find in the old san merah fish.
    I did some research, and this is the explanation i can give you… 😉
    Now… I have to improve some things on this generation…. I’m trying to outcross it with an other lineage…
    But hard job for me… I’m a hobbist breeder!
    Hope to be able to send new pictures of my work…
    This answer help you?
    Yann 🙂

  14. Hello,

    I would like to know witch food you use to reach such results in 200 Liters and with so few water change ?

  15. Yann Hoiret on

    Hello Cyril,

    My fish are mainly fed with pellets. However, a amount of Lyophilised plankton, home made food is regularly added to their diet… But in very small quantity! 😉

    If the aquarium is 'loaded' the rhythm of changes of water remains the same (more or less) but the proportions are larger.

    I'll write an article about the food of discus, sign up to the newsletter or "like" the Facebook of Fanatik-Discus page, you will be notified!

    Yann 🙂

  16. Thanks for the Info, I am already registered on your Facebook page and also on Discus everything simply where you follow your articles.

    At the level of the mash House I hesitate to give my, they are only fed with pellets special Discus.

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