Essentials For Feeding Discus Fish - It's Your Dime So Get It Right

Published: 03rd August 2010
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There are some guidelines for feeding your discus fish that you will want to follow to ensure that you are not causing problems as a consequence of your feeding techniques.

Task number one - Keep that tank fresh! Clean the tank? That's right, it IS part of the feeding procedure, just like washing the dishes after you eat.

You see, discus are grazers. These fish are slow eaters. But they do eat a lot. Unlike some fish who grab the nourishing morsels before they make it to the bottom of the tank, discus are not that aggressive when it comes to their eating habits. Discus will eat the food as it floats in the tank, but they will also devour food that has made it to the bottom of the tank.

It is the food that makes it to the bottom of the tank that is the issue here. If that food gets overlooked by your fish, it may start to spawn bacteria and other undesirable tank contaminants.

So, as part of your feeding regimen, make sure you "vacuum" the floor sometimes. This is part of your water replacement task, but it should also be considered part of good feeding hygene. Just make sure you siphon about 15% of your water, and, as you do, move your siphon tube around the tank bottom sucking up the little bits.

With regard to the actual food that you feed your fish, you can vary the type of food, using live and frozen food occasionally, but use mostly dried food as the staple for your discus.

You can get flakes or pellets appropriate for feeding discus fish from your local fish store. Discus fish have another necessity that is not always necessary with tropical aquariums. They need to be fed several times each day. Drop in the dried food flakes a few times per day.

Pellets, when used, should be given with caution. Make sure you soak the pellets in water before putting them into your tank. It is possible that pellets that are not pre-soaked could cause swelling in the discus stomach. The fish will look pregnant. Major tummy ache.

An splendid source of protein is frozen brine shrimp. Keep the frozen brine shrimp, obtained from your fish store, in your freezer. At feeding time, break off a small piece and drop it into your tank.

White and black worms are part of the wild discus diet in the Amazon River basin. These are also available commercially. And they can be kept in your fridge, but not frozen. Another word of caution here, buy only small quantities of live food. Remember, your discus are prima donnas. You want their live food to be alive and not contaminated.

There is one more food type that you may want to consider... beef heart. You can create your own fish food using beef heart and some other ingredients. With beef heart recipes, you can save money while having the benefit of providing your fish with some necessary protein. It must be added here that if you decide to use your own prepared fish food, proceed with caution, especially if you are new to keeping discus. Maybe use it sparingly at first until you are sure it is a good fit for your fish.

It is not really difficult to figure out discus fish eating habits. Just watch the fish. They will teach you. Fish can be teachers, too. Visit freshwater aquarium forums and blogs online. They are extremely helpful and informative.

You can avoid most problems that arise from improper care due to diet by following these prescribed methods of discus fish feeding.

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