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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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Pets of the Week - Elizabethton | Pets | johnsoncitypress.com - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Pets of the Week - Elizabethton | Pets | johnsoncitypress.com  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Experts Share What You Need to Know About Adopting a Pet With a Partner - POPSUGAR
Experts Share What You Need to Know About Adopting a Pet With a Partner  POPSUGAR

Taser Roo and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Taser Roo and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster - EcoWatch
How to Evacuate With Pets During a Natural Disaster  EcoWatch

Microchip clinic for local pets - KNOP
Microchip clinic for local pets  KNOP

The connection between People and Pets. Joe Dickinson on Jessop’s Journal - ABC 4
The connection between People and Pets. Joe Dickinson on Jessop’s Journal  ABC 4

The Recorder - COVID pets to the rescue - The Recorder
The Recorder - COVID pets to the rescue  The Recorder

Boat captain pets great white shark off Pinellas coast - WFLA
Boat captain pets great white shark off Pinellas coast  WFLA

Pets with Potential: Meet Athena - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Athena  WCAX

Kids and pets can get along just fine if you lay the groundwork for positive interaction - NOLA.com
Kids and pets can get along just fine if you lay the groundwork for positive interaction  NOLA.com

Animal shelter hopes Major Biden will inspire others to adopt shelter pets - WHSV
Animal shelter hopes Major Biden will inspire others to adopt shelter pets  WHSV

Volunteers make sure County pets don't go hungry - The County
Volunteers make sure County pets don't go hungry  The County

Can Pets Get COVID-19? - News-Medical.net
Can Pets Get COVID-19?  News-Medical.net

Seattle Pets Who Need A Home - Seattle, WA Patch
Seattle Pets Who Need A Home  Seattle, WA Patch

Meet Billy Bob, one of Harris County's oldest dogs, and more shelter pets that need homes - Houston Chronicle
Meet Billy Bob, one of Harris County's oldest dogs, and more shelter pets that need homes  Houston Chronicle

Better Pets: What You Need to Know About a Pet Food Recall - WFSB
Better Pets: What You Need to Know About a Pet Food Recall  WFSB

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

Pets of the Week: Jan. 21, 2021 | Pets | tbnweekly.com - Tampa Bay Newspapers
Pets of the Week: Jan. 21, 2021 | Pets | tbnweekly.com  Tampa Bay Newspapers

San Antonio Food Bank holds mega food distribution event to assist families and their pets - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Food Bank holds mega food distribution event to assist families and their pets  KSAT San Antonio

When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk - The New York Times
When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk  The New York Times

Can You Use Your FSA and HSA Benefits on Your Pets? Lifehacker - Lifehacker
Can You Use Your FSA and HSA Benefits on Your Pets? Lifehacker  Lifehacker

Change a Pet’s Life Day: JHS offers unique adoption event in January - WJXT News4JAX
Change a Pet’s Life Day: JHS offers unique adoption event in January  WJXT News4JAX

Second Chance Pets: Piper and Rocky - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Piper and Rocky  KOIN.com

Share your photos: We want to see you and your pets dressed in Chiefs gear - KSN-TV
Share your photos: We want to see you and your pets dressed in Chiefs gear  KSN-TV

Amarillo vet hospitals experience increase of owners keeping up with their pet check ups - KFDA
Amarillo vet hospitals experience increase of owners keeping up with their pet check ups  KFDA

Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Lenora - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Lenora  WATE 6 On Your Side

Good Day Pets – Meet Sofie Murkins! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Sofie Murkins!  KCAU 9

Valley Animal Center will temporarily board pets at end of federal eviction moratorium - KFSN-TV
Valley Animal Center will temporarily board pets at end of federal eviction moratorium  KFSN-TV

Pet Owners: Could Your Love of Pets Help You in the Stock Market? - Motley Fool
Pet Owners: Could Your Love of Pets Help You in the Stock Market?  Motley Fool

Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week In Howard County - Patch.com
Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week In Howard County  Patch.com

Harrisburg Humane Society teams up with state org to feed pets of struggling families - ABC27
Harrisburg Humane Society teams up with state org to feed pets of struggling families  ABC27

Pets of the Week: Squad goals - Champ and Jasper are looking for their Most Valuable Persons! - Burlington County Times
Pets of the Week: Squad goals - Champ and Jasper are looking for their Most Valuable Persons!  Burlington County Times

These cuddle-worthy San Antonio pets are waiting to be adopted right now - San Antonio Current
These cuddle-worthy San Antonio pets are waiting to be adopted right now  San Antonio Current

Pets perish in West Knox County house fire - WBIR.com
Pets perish in West Knox County house fire  WBIR.com

Boat captain pets great white shark off Florida coast - WBTW
Boat captain pets great white shark off Florida coast  WBTW

Presidential pets | Columnists | beatricedailysun.com - Beatrice Daily Sun
Presidential pets | Columnists | beatricedailysun.com  Beatrice Daily Sun

Pet of the week - The Robesonian
Pet of the week  The Robesonian

Dozens Of Pets Need Homes After Fire At Puyallup Animal Shelter - Patch.com
Dozens Of Pets Need Homes After Fire At Puyallup Animal Shelter  Patch.com

West Knox Co. family loses pets to house fire - WVLT
West Knox Co. family loses pets to house fire  WVLT

Cherokee County Animal Shelter offers pet Memorial Lanterns - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Cherokee County Animal Shelter offers pet Memorial Lanterns  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Share your photos: We want to see the pets of Chiefs Kingdom - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
Share your photos: We want to see the pets of Chiefs Kingdom  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Buster - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Buster  KCBD

Pet of the Week: Meet this group of guinea pigs ready for their forever home - WWLP.com
Pet of the Week: Meet this group of guinea pigs ready for their forever home  WWLP.com

Adopting instead of buying pets gets a boost from Bidens - Los Angeles Times
Adopting instead of buying pets gets a boost from Bidens  Los Angeles Times

Toledo Humane Society rescues more than 30 pets found stacked in cages, tied to kitchen cabinets and hidden in a wall - WTOL
Toledo Humane Society rescues more than 30 pets found stacked in cages, tied to kitchen cabinets and hidden in a wall  WTOL

Pet deer known in Fishers for his bond with 2 husky dogs seized by DNR - Fox 59
Pet deer known in Fishers for his bond with 2 husky dogs seized by DNR  Fox 59

Pet of the Week: 2021 pets - WTOP
Pet of the Week: 2021 pets  WTOP

Meet the woman trying to find homes for St. Louis pets surrendered during the pandemic - KSDK.com
Meet the woman trying to find homes for St. Louis pets surrendered during the pandemic  KSDK.com

Vermont Couple Shocked After Their Pet Chicken Hatched a Duckling: 'It's the Wrong Beak' - PEOPLE
Vermont Couple Shocked After Their Pet Chicken Hatched a Duckling: 'It's the Wrong Beak'  PEOPLE

2020 Pets of the Week: Where are they now? - WTOP
2020 Pets of the Week: Where are they now?  WTOP

Iowa teen raises $2,000 to provide life-saving devices for pets to fire departments - KCCI Des Moines
Iowa teen raises $2,000 to provide life-saving devices for pets to fire departments  KCCI Des Moines

Meet the New Celebrity Pets of 2021 - PEOPLE
Meet the New Celebrity Pets of 2021  PEOPLE

Meet the Royal Family's Pets, from Queen Elizabeth's Faithful Dog to Prince Edward's Tortoise - TownandCountrymag.com
Meet the Royal Family's Pets, from Queen Elizabeth's Faithful Dog to Prince Edward's Tortoise  TownandCountrymag.com

Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption At Manhattan Beach Area Shelters - Patch.com
Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption At Manhattan Beach Area Shelters  Patch.com

What's Best for Our Pets - WHYY
What's Best for Our Pets  WHYY

A pet-loving family is on its way to the White House - The Washington Post
A pet-loving family is on its way to the White House  The Washington Post

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 10, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 10, 2021  Summit Daily News

25 Cincinnati Adoptable Pets That Would Love to Snuggle The Winter Away With You - Cincinnati CityBeat
25 Cincinnati Adoptable Pets That Would Love to Snuggle The Winter Away With You  Cincinnati CityBeat

Second Chance Pets: Piper and Mija - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Piper and Mija  KOIN.com

Cambridge hotel celebrates the return of pets to the White House - The Boston Globe
Cambridge hotel celebrates the return of pets to the White House  The Boston Globe

Changes, Challenges: the Not-So-Secret Life of Pandemic Pets - U.S. News & World Report
Changes, Challenges: the Not-So-Secret Life of Pandemic Pets  U.S. News & World Report

5 Anime Pets Everyone Wants to Adopt (& 5 To Avoid At All Costs) - CBR - Comic Book Resources
5 Anime Pets Everyone Wants to Adopt (& 5 To Avoid At All Costs)  CBR - Comic Book Resources

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021  Summit Daily News

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc  WMDT

Cabot man steals python from pet store - KLRT - FOX16.com
Cabot man steals python from pet store  KLRT - FOX16.com

Pet owners describe selves and pets with same emotions - PetfoodIndustry.com
Pet owners describe selves and pets with same emotions  PetfoodIndustry.com

So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out - The Washington Post
So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out  The Washington Post

The power of pets: Chewy and Petco have become Wall Street darlings - KYMA
The power of pets: Chewy and Petco have become Wall Street darlings  KYMA

Betty White Turns 99, Basks In Outpouring Of Social Media Affection And Slates ‘Pet Set’ Release - Deadline
Betty White Turns 99, Basks In Outpouring Of Social Media Affection And Slates ‘Pet Set’ Release  Deadline

Pet trade relies on 'disposable' wild chameleons from Madagascar - Mongabay.com
Pet trade relies on 'disposable' wild chameleons from Madagascar  Mongabay.com

'Pet Pals TV': How service dogs help people - WISHTV.com
'Pet Pals TV': How service dogs help people  WISHTV.com

'Indoguration Day' nears for Major Biden - NBC News
'Indoguration Day' nears for Major Biden  NBC News

Scottsdale family warning pet owners about coyotes after their dog was nearly killed - AZFamily
Scottsdale family warning pet owners about coyotes after their dog was nearly killed  AZFamily

Pets shouldn't wear COVID-19 face masks, but sales are still spiking - Business Insider - Business Insider
Pets shouldn't wear COVID-19 face masks, but sales are still spiking - Business Insider  Business Insider

Second Chance Pets: Kushina - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Kushina  KOIN.com

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk  FDA.gov

Six puppies found abandoned outside local pet store - KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com
Six puppies found abandoned outside local pet store  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

GALLERY: Pets don their Bills gear! - WIVB.com - News 4
GALLERY: Pets don their Bills gear!  WIVB.com - News 4

Pet deer that formed bond with family dogs seized by Indiana wildlife officials - WDRB
Pet deer that formed bond with family dogs seized by Indiana wildlife officials  WDRB

Furever Friends: Pets available for adoption - WJAC Johnstown
Furever Friends: Pets available for adoption  WJAC Johnstown

Summersville pet shop vandalized days before opening - WSAZ
Summersville pet shop vandalized days before opening  WSAZ

Doggie desserts: Ben & Jerry's enters the pet food business - Associated Press
Doggie desserts: Ben & Jerry's enters the pet food business  Associated Press

How America is changing the global pet industry - Quartz
How America is changing the global pet industry  Quartz

A goose became a family's pet after being rescued as a baby - CNN
A goose became a family's pet after being rescued as a baby  CNN

Pampered pets: Americans spend big on furry friends for holidays - WFLA
Pampered pets: Americans spend big on furry friends for holidays  WFLA

Pet Parents Call This Self-Warming Mat 'Heaven' for Their Furry Friends - PEOPLE
Pet Parents Call This Self-Warming Mat 'Heaven' for Their Furry Friends  PEOPLE

Who let the dogs out at CES 2021? The MyQ Pet Portal smart doggie door did - CNET
Who let the dogs out at CES 2021? The MyQ Pet Portal smart doggie door did  CNET

Watch out, Chewy. This 55-year-old pet store is coming for you - CNN
Watch out, Chewy. This 55-year-old pet store is coming for you  CNN

This pet-friendly sofa's two-tiered design means everyone has a place to rest! - Yanko Design
This pet-friendly sofa's two-tiered design means everyone has a place to rest!  Yanko Design

Bidens’ shelter dog gives pet adoption trend a boost - KTLA Los Angeles
Bidens’ shelter dog gives pet adoption trend a boost  KTLA Los Angeles

Pet Stuff, LLC destroyed before grand opening - WVNS-TV
Pet Stuff, LLC destroyed before grand opening  WVNS-TV

How My Pet Snake Taught Me to Really See - The New York Times
How My Pet Snake Taught Me to Really See  The New York Times

Ask the Strategist: What Are the Best (and Nicest-Looking) Pet-Friendly Throw Blankets? - New York Magazine
Ask the Strategist: What Are the Best (and Nicest-Looking) Pet-Friendly Throw Blankets?  New York Magazine

The Rise of Pet Stocks - The Motley Fool
The Rise of Pet Stocks  The Motley Fool

Pet food recall expanded - KOMO News
Pet food recall expanded  KOMO News

Pet of the Week: “Lima Bean” is the cutest little guy! - WKRG News 5
Pet of the Week: “Lima Bean” is the cutest little guy!  WKRG News 5

Adopt a Pet | Schultz | Lifestyles | napavalleyregister.com - Napa Valley Register
Adopt a Pet | Schultz | Lifestyles | napavalleyregister.com  Napa Valley Register

'I don't want these dogs to suffer': Pet surrenders becoming tragic part of pandemic - USA TODAY
'I don't want these dogs to suffer': Pet surrenders becoming tragic part of pandemic  USA TODAY

Pet adoption program expands to help seniors keep pets amid the pandemic - CNN
Pet adoption program expands to help seniors keep pets amid the pandemic  CNN

Gifts for pets: 50 best gifts for dogs, cats, hamsters and more - TODAY
Gifts for pets: 50 best gifts for dogs, cats, hamsters and more  TODAY

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