Feeding Discus Fish

Feeding Discus Fish – Step by Step Guide

A very common question I get from customers is What are you feeding discus fish? How often should I be feeding discus fish? How much should I be feeding discus fish?

There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about feeding discus. However, 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.

First of all,

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. In addition 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. Therefore keep a close eye on the food quantity.

What should I feed them?

    Almost all 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! Due to the great personalities of discus fish, each fish may like a particular food more than others! Therefore, you must feed them a variety of foods.

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

High Protein Flake Food
– Frozen Blood Worms – ONLY frozen! Not Live! Live worms can cause parasite issues! Therefore stay away from live worms.
Beef Heart Flakes

What other foods can I feed Discus?


  • Bob
    Posted March 21, 2017 10:45 am 0Likes

    Excellent information

  • Rick
    Posted March 21, 2017 11:00 am 0Likes

    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

  • jeff barber
    Posted March 23, 2017 5:24 pm 0Likes

    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!

    • discusguy
      Posted March 23, 2017 5:26 pm 0Likes

      Yes-I would stay away from all live worms!

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