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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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Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years  Muscatine Journal

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U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

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RIVMA doesn’t support proposed bill to give medical marijuana to pets  WPRI.com

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Secondhand Hounds Rescue Merges With People & Pets Together Food Shelf  Twin Cities Business Magazine

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Helping pets adjust for your return to in person work  WENY-TV

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Safe Place for Pets to hold 'Paws for Celebration' gala fundraiser May 1  Colorado Springs Gazette

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High-Tech Gadgets for Pets  Mansion Global

Talking About Pets: An older pet might be a better option - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Talking About Pets: An older pet might be a better option  Daytona Beach News-Journal

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Pot for pets? House bill would allow veterinarians to prescribe marijuana  The Providence Journal

National Pet Day 2021: The best deals you can still shop for your dog or cat - USA TODAY
National Pet Day 2021: The best deals you can still shop for your dog or cat  USA TODAY

Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping - Iosco County News Herald
Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  Iosco County News Herald

If You're Returning To Work IRL, Begin Adjusting Your Pet's Schedule, An Expert Says - LAist
If You're Returning To Work IRL, Begin Adjusting Your Pet's Schedule, An Expert Says  LAist

Your View by American Kennel Club: Why a ban on pet store sales won’t improve conditions for animals - The Morning Call
Your View by American Kennel Club: Why a ban on pet store sales won’t improve conditions for animals  The Morning Call

Petco Commits to Increasing Its Assortment of Sustainable Pet Products to 50% By the End of 2025 - PRNewswire
Petco Commits to Increasing Its Assortment of Sustainable Pet Products to 50% By the End of 2025  PRNewswire

'Exotic pets' require specialized attention | Lifestyles | ncnewsonline.com - New Castle News
'Exotic pets' require specialized attention | Lifestyles | ncnewsonline.com  New Castle News

Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Pets of the Week for April 13, 2021 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for April 13, 2021  WKRN News 2

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

PetSafe® Improving Pet Access Around the Home with CozyUp™ Steps & Ramp Combo - PRNewswire
PetSafe® Improving Pet Access Around the Home with CozyUp™ Steps & Ramp Combo  PRNewswire

See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Joliet Area - Joliet, IL Patch
See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Joliet Area  Joliet, IL Patch

Femme Forward: Pets strengthen family bonds at Bradley Zoo - PRWeek
Femme Forward: Pets strengthen family bonds at Bradley Zoo  PRWeek

Humane Society pet food pantry helps keep people and pets together - KSTP
Humane Society pet food pantry helps keep people and pets together  KSTP

Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed - WECT
Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed  WECT

Don't let dogs chase wildlife and other tips for keeping pets safe in the wild - St George News
Don't let dogs chase wildlife and other tips for keeping pets safe in the wild  St George News

Purr-son Who Loves Her Pets - The New York Times
Purr-son Who Loves Her Pets  The New York Times

Pet of the Week Evie | Pets | independenttribune.com - Independent Tribune
Pet of the Week Evie | Pets | independenttribune.com  Independent Tribune

‘Fur to Fin': Pets Take Field Trip to Aquarium - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
‘Fur to Fin': Pets Take Field Trip to Aquarium  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dog owner apologizes for injuries to neighbors, says her pets are friendly - Concord Monitor
Dog owner apologizes for injuries to neighbors, says her pets are friendly  Concord Monitor

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

KCK dog gets lots of pets and treats after alerting neighbors to owner's medical emergency - KMBC Kansas City
KCK dog gets lots of pets and treats after alerting neighbors to owner's medical emergency  KMBC Kansas City

EMPTY THE SHELTERS May 5-9 reduced pet adoption fees - NBC 15 WPMI
EMPTY THE SHELTERS May 5-9 reduced pet adoption fees  NBC 15 WPMI

Homeowners, pets safe after destructive house fire in northwest Springs - KKTV 11 News
Homeowners, pets safe after destructive house fire in northwest Springs  KKTV 11 News

Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents - PEOPLE
Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents  PEOPLE

Oregon Humane Society helps 7K ‘pandemic pets’ find homes - KOIN.com
Oregon Humane Society helps 7K ‘pandemic pets’ find homes  KOIN.com

Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt Partners with Canidae Premium Pet Food for Launch of New Sustain The Goodness Campaign and Product Line - Yahoo Finance
Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt Partners with Canidae Premium Pet Food for Launch of New Sustain The Goodness Campaign and Product Line  Yahoo Finance

Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, mandatory microchips - INFORUM
Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, mandatory microchips  INFORUM

Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets - WebMD
Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets  WebMD

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021  Summit Daily News

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How to help your pet cope with separation anxiety  KIIITV.com

Harmony Vet Care offers affordable pet care for dogs, cats, and the occasional pigs and rabbits - ABC Action News
Harmony Vet Care offers affordable pet care for dogs, cats, and the occasional pigs and rabbits  ABC Action News

Andrew Yang Defends Giving Up His Dog After Backlash to National Pet Day Post: 'That Still Hurts' - PEOPLE
Andrew Yang Defends Giving Up His Dog After Backlash to National Pet Day Post: 'That Still Hurts'  PEOPLE

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

On National Pet Day, Andrew Yang remembers dog he gave away - Fox News
On National Pet Day, Andrew Yang remembers dog he gave away  Fox News

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Newark, Delaware man looking into license to keep pet deer that's house-trained  WPVI-TV

Dilworth City Council strikes down pet limit proposal - Valley News Live
Dilworth City Council strikes down pet limit proposal  Valley News Live

Allegany County hosting free drive-thru rabies pet vaccination clinic Saturday - WGRZ.com
Allegany County hosting free drive-thru rabies pet vaccination clinic Saturday  WGRZ.com

N.J. pets in need: April 12, 2021 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: April 12, 2021  nj.com

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Online pet purchase scams impacting local families costing victims hundreds of dollars  KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

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Major training: Bidens' dog gets professional help after biting incidents  Southwest Virginia Today

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Sorghum Demand Cashes in as Pet Sales Skyrocket During COVID-19 Pandemic  Agweb Powered by Farm Journal

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Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

Julie McDonald Commentary: Family Shocked, Saddened After Dog Kills Beloved Pet in Backyard - Centralia Chronicle
Julie McDonald Commentary: Family Shocked, Saddened After Dog Kills Beloved Pet in Backyard  Centralia Chronicle

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Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua  KIRO Seattle

Humane Society offering free pet food giveaways in April | NewsChannel 3-12 - KEYT
Humane Society offering free pet food giveaways in April | NewsChannel 3-12  KEYT

Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Betty Boop - Patch.com
Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Betty Boop  Patch.com

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Can your pet make you sick? Here's how you can stay healthy  WXYZ

Superior pet groomer brings salon experience home - Superior Telegram
Superior pet groomer brings salon experience home  Superior Telegram

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Pets blessed at Saint John's, owners happy to be back at church  KOKH FOX25

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Pet of the Week: Rosa  Reston Now

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The 19 Easiest Pets to Take Care of  Newsweek

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Ride the All-New "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash" Dark Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood  wdwnt.com

Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, April 14, 2021 edition - Northwest Georgia News
Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, April 14, 2021 edition  Northwest Georgia News

Chicago Removes Firehouse Dogs After Family Pet Attacked, Killed - NBC Chicago
Chicago Removes Firehouse Dogs After Family Pet Attacked, Killed  NBC Chicago

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Pet of the week | SkyHiNews.com  Sky Hi News

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Aldermen OK Revised Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits at Pet Stores to Stop Breeders  WTTW News

Pet vaccination clinic set for Friday in New Madrid - Standard-Democrat
Pet vaccination clinic set for Friday in New Madrid  Standard-Democrat

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Spring flowers are pretty, but may be harmful to your pet  WANE

People and Pets Escape Harborcreek House Fire - erienewsnow.com
People and Pets Escape Harborcreek House Fire  erienewsnow.com

News - Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household - Valley News Live
News - Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household  Valley News Live

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform - ATP Tour
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

Pets with Potential: Meet Angel - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Angel  WCAX

Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time - Science Magazine
Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time  Science Magazine

Pet adoption event taking place at Woodpeckers' ball field in Fayetteville - WTVD-TV
Pet adoption event taking place at Woodpeckers' ball field in Fayetteville  WTVD-TV

Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down - Crunchbase News
Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

More than 100 desert tortoises need forever homes - AZFamily
More than 100 desert tortoises need forever homes  AZFamily

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Using PET waste bottles to make batteries – pv magazine International  pv magazine International

Franklin County Humane Society receives $12,000 grant to help save pet lives - WSLS 10
Franklin County Humane Society receives $12,000 grant to help save pet lives  WSLS 10

Lap up these nutrition tips for a healthy kitten - Herald & Review
Lap up these nutrition tips for a healthy kitten  Herald & Review

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

Registration now open for Maddie's Pet Adoption Days - KOLO
Registration now open for Maddie's Pet Adoption Days  KOLO

Hello, puppers! | Austin FC announces Austin Pets Alive! dogs as club's honorary mascots - KVUE.com
Hello, puppers! | Austin FC announces Austin Pets Alive! dogs as club's honorary mascots  KVUE.com

Pets of the Week for April 14, 2021 - The Advocate
Pets of the Week for April 14, 2021  The Advocate

Pet Pals: Black and white domestic short hair cat is looking for a new home - WWAY NewsChannel 3
Pet Pals: Black and white domestic short hair cat is looking for a new home  WWAY NewsChannel 3

Facebook group helps find a lost pet for a family - 1011now - 1011now
Facebook group helps find a lost pet for a family - 1011now  1011now

Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic - Duke Today
Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic  Duke Today

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD - WebMD
Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD  WebMD

PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 12 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 12  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Pet of the Week: April 14, 2021 | Pikes Peak Courier | gazette.com - Colorado Springs Gazette
Pet of the Week: April 14, 2021 | Pikes Peak Courier | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc. Announces a New PET Imaging Agent for Rapid Monitoring Tumor Response to Therapy - Business Wire
Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc. Announces a New PET Imaging Agent for Rapid Monitoring Tumor Response to Therapy  Business Wire

Meet Squirt, our pet of the week | KENS Cares - KENS5.com
Meet Squirt, our pet of the week | KENS Cares  KENS5.com

Springfield Adopts 'Puppy Mill' Ordinance, Pet Store Threatens Lawsuit - WAMC
Springfield Adopts 'Puppy Mill' Ordinance, Pet Store Threatens Lawsuit  WAMC

The Pet Stop: Daisy needs a home - KLFY
The Pet Stop: Daisy needs a home  KLFY

My Pet Pal: Bella - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
My Pet Pal: Bella - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

31 pets recovered from abandoned home after owner dies - WKRC TV Cincinnati
31 pets recovered from abandoned home after owner dies  WKRC TV Cincinnati

CPG data helped startup Shameless Pets upcycled pet food - PetfoodIndustry.com
CPG data helped startup Shameless Pets upcycled pet food  PetfoodIndustry.com

There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People - Self
There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People  Self

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk  FDA.gov

'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic' - BBC News
'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic'  BBC News

How to Prepare Pets for Your Return to the Office - The Wall Street Journal
How to Prepare Pets for Your Return to the Office  The Wall Street Journal

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