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Proper Diet For the Discus Fish


The Discus fish has its habitat in the South American waters of Brazil and Peru. Discus fish are classified as "grazers", and in the wild constantly forage for food. Discus are tall, and have a laterally compressed body. Their swim bladder is located on top of the stomach. They have small stomachs, and short digestive tracts, and with these small stomachs designed to hold small amounts of food, over feeding the Discus can be a problem. Even a minor case of constipation can cause serious problems for the Discus fish.

Diet for the Discus should be varied and contain the nutritional value that they need to survive. In a discussion with our breeder, Nick Lockhart of Perfection Discus, I asked him what he would recommend for the daily diet.

Nick feeds our Discus twice a day. He feeds live white worms generally twice per week. The white worms are cultured on site, and are kept refrigerated in a small apartment sized fridge, and temperature controlled by a device that uses a probe to maintain a temperature of approximately 55 to 65 degrees for best results.

Nick also uses bloodworms, plankton, white worms, Emerald Entree, mysis shrimp, and white mosquito larvae to give a varied diet. Emerald Entree is a good choice for Discus fish. Although originally formulated for marine fish, it has proven to be an excellent diet for freshwater fish. Emerald Entrée is fortified with omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, which are proven to be important for optimal growth and disease prevention.

Discus fish and a lot of African cichlids eat a lot of blue green algae in the wild. Spirulina is a blue green algae, and has a special protein called Phycocyanin not found in another algae or terrestrial plants. Spirulina powder is readily available through most pet shops. Japanese scientists have linked Phycocyanin to improved kidney and liver function. Japanese fish farmers make extensive use of Spirulina, due to its positive effects on their fish.

Because good hygiene is of the utmost importance in the Discus tank, one should never feed more than the Discus can consume in approximately five minutes. As they are grazers, they tend to eat a bit slowly, so a little more time is needed to allow them to get their fill. I have read that it is good to allow a Discus to "fast" on occasion for up to two days, allowing them to get toxins flushed from the system. Nick has also stated that a fish can go two weeks without food, so skipping a day here and there is not really detrimental to the fish. Of course, you will not want to drive them to the point of starvation, but it will never harm the Discus to go for a day or two without food. It is much better to underfeed them a little than to over feed.

If care is taken, the discus will thrive in the aquarium. Much information is available for the potential Discus breeder, and a little common sense thrown in along the way wouldn't hurt either. As Discus are long-lived, the aquarist can have the enjoyment of these friendly fish for ten to twelve years.

Alden Smith is a published author, and has achieved Expert Author status on http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Alden_Smith&opt=admin. Alden has been marketing on the internet for 7 years. His website, King Discus, is an active gathering place for discus breeders and lovers of discus fish. His wife Betsy is the administrator of All The Best Recipes a site rich in online recipes and cookbooks.


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Pet photographer helps Great Falls adoption center find pets new homes  KPAX-TV

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Cat Food Sold Nationwide Recalled Over Risks To Pets, Humans  CBS Baltimore

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The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

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Reminder: Keep Pets Warm During Cold Months  WBBM NewsRadio

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Pets prance at Santa Paws 5K :: Out and About at  WRAL.com

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Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

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PHOTOS: Volunteers help hospice patients continue care for their pets  Statesman Journal

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

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Veterinary care for homeless pets  The Columbus Dispatch

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Merri And Beau Are Bridgewaters Pets Of The Week  Bridgewater, NJ Patch

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Mobile home, pets lost in early morning fire  WVNS-TV

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Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans - KFSM 5Newsonline
Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans  KFSM 5Newsonline

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Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty  WCAX

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - WCVB Boston
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WCVB Boston

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Pets turn offices into homes | Living | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners - CBS Miami
South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners  CBS Miami

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People are freeze drying their pets after they die: 'They don't want to let go'  msnNOW

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Free pet services give Salem-area hospice patients peace of mind  Statesman Journal

Pet of the week: Titan | Local - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Titan | Local  Billings Gazette

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'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season  News3LV

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Holiday Gifts for your Pets -  KUSI

Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye!  KGO-TV

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Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed for Science  Snopes.com

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Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

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'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

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Pets and People: Beagles, beagles everywhere | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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Norwich fire damages home, kills 3 pets  FOX 61

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Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study  KKTV 11 News

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These New Orleans furry friends declared sacred after 9th annual Blessing of the Pets  NOLA.com

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Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say  Boston.com

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Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet? - The Washington Post
Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet?  The Washington Post

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Pets are Just as Susceptible to the Cold as We Are  KX NEWS

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Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

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Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Mo & Roxy  Patch.com

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Pet owners increasingly turning to CBD for their animals  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Best Pet GPS Trackers for Your Cat or Dog  Reader's Digest

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Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele  WCVB Boston

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019  OregonLive

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Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

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CBS3 Pet Project: Why Size Matters When Adopting  CBS Philly

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Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets  KTVA

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3 pets were killed in a Finley fire. A family was left homeless  Tri-City Herald

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Tips to keep your pets safe in cold weather  CNYcentral.com

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'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

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Keeping your pets safe during the winter months  10TV

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Community: Pet mural project undergoes facelift  Roanoke Times

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Pet News | Lifestyles  Greenville Daily Reflector

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Pet of the Week  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season  PEOPLE.com

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You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17  SILive.com

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California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets  Military.com

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Dallas Dog Owner Appealing Pet’s Double Designation As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Aggressive’  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity  KSAT San Antonio

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Pet owners protest Beaverton veterinarian accused of animal abuse  KGW.com

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A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl  Popular Mechanics

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Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead  WSAW

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Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

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Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham  Detroit Free Press

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Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets  KFOR Oklahoma City

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Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

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Pet of the Weekend: Meet Sunshine!  WBTW

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Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night  WTHR

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Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets  WHNT News 19

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As Homelessness Surges, Volunteers Work to Keep Pets and Their Owners Together  Los Angeleno

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More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

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Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers  Times Union

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Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire  KXII-TV

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Florida bill combating abuse of pets as emotional support animals makes headway  ABC Action News

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Even pets are having a ruff time coping with the #airpocalypse  Times of India

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A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

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Two women arrested after allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store  WKYT

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Pets of the week: Abandoned by his owner, pretty Marshmallow needs some love  MLive.com

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The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

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Pet of the Weekend: Meet Hazel!  WBTW

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Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control  WPTV.com

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Pet Parade: Oceanview Kennel In Revere  CBS Boston

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Red Cross assisting 8 adults, children and pets after house fire in Springfield  WWLP.com

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Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people?  WTHR

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Local veterinarians urging pet owners to get their animals vaccinated for rabies, following Otter Tail County case  Valley News Live

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Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

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Simpson: A visit to Cayuga County's only pet cemetery  Auburn Citizen

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Sonny Is Clark-Garwood's Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

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Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced  KWTX

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Nominate Your Pet For Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week  Scotch Plains, NJ Patch

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Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

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Dollars and Pets: Improve your cat’s life with a scratching post  The Mercury News

How you can benefit from pet therapy - FOX 29 News Philadelphia
How you can benefit from pet therapy  FOX 29 News Philadelphia

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Pet bunny experiences rabbit nirvana  Boing Boing

10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets - WomansDay.com
10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets  WomansDay.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19)  ABC15 Arizona

Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - KAIT
Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald  The State Journal-Register

Loveland’s Town and Country pet shop to close after 45 years - Loveland Reporter-Herald
Loveland’s Town and Country pet shop to close after 45 years  Loveland Reporter-Herald

Danville Police arrest two women allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store - WAVE 3
Danville Police arrest two women allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store  WAVE 3

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California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets  Mental Floss

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