-All About Feeding Discus Fish

A very common question I get from customers is What are you feeding the discus? How often should I feed them? How much should I feed them?

There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about feeding discus. I want to make this very simple for my customers.

Here is what I have been doing with my discus for many years with great success. All about feeding discus fish.

How Often Should I Feed My Discus?

    Under 3 months of age – feed ten to twelve times per day.

    3 to 12 months of age
    – feed up to five times per day.

    Over 12 months of age – feed two to three times per day.

    Be careful to not overfeed them. Overfeeding your discus could cause health problems and water pollution. Discus are sensitive fish who appreciate pristine water conditions.

    How much should I feed them?

Feed them only the amount of food that they can actively eat in about five minutes. Because discus have grinders in their jaws instead of teeth, they eat with this process: They mouth the food, spit it out, and then recapture it before swallowing. This process causes food particles to fall to the bottom of the tank, but the discus isn’t done yet! The discus can dispel water at foods resting on the bottom of the tank and then pick it up as it float upwards. After their main feeding, they will search for leftovers at the bottom of the tank and clean up the leftovers for up to an hour.

What should I feed them?

    Some discus enjoy food that is floating around, while others prefer the food that is at the bottom. Some discus will even eat food out of your hand!

    All of the fish at Discusguy.com are fed the following:

– High Protein Flake Food – Prime Reef Flakes by Ocean Nutrition. They can be purchased at any Petco store or online.
– Frozen Blood Worms – ONLY frozen! Not Live! Live worms can cause parasite issues! Stay away from live worms.
– Beef Heart Flakes – Purchased in bulk online- usually on Ebay.

What other foods can I feed Discus?

    – Tetra Bits – available online and in pet stores.
    – Home Made Beef Heart mix – many recipes available online.
    – Live Brine Shrimp – doesn’t have much nutritional value but is okay as an occasional treat.

    I hope that this article helps and that you are better educated on All About Feeding Discus. Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.


4 thoughts on “-All About Feeding Discus Fish

  1. I have out of the hobby for over 30 years. Back then all my discus would was tubifex worms. I did have two batches of fry this way. Was a lot of work getting worms ever week or two. I have always had a tank, thinking of trying discus again. I have a pair of scalare and 2 pair of gourami that I’m trying to get my son to take. Then I’ll be getting some fish from you.
    Thank for your the information. Rick

  2. jeff barber says:

    Thanks for the information on feeding discus…I will stay away from live blood worms. I guess that includes live black worms too..thanks again!

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