How do I feed a discus fish

Feeding and food for our STENDER discus fish

Our tip for simple and comprehensive feeding of discus fish:
Continue to feed our discus fish 3 times a day with our STENDKER discus food. For more than 47 years it has proven itself in our discus breeding farm as a complete feed.
Our food is also eaten by other fish. (Available as frozen food at pet shops)

Dosing and feeding
Please feed your fish 3 times a day with our STENDKER discus food.
1 x in the morning (1 hour after the light was switched on)
1 x lunchtime (always at the same time, if you like)
1 x in the evening (2 hours before the light is switched off).

The discus fish get used to these regular feeding times and will be eagerly awaiting you. Hand feeding (of course, hands free of cream and soap (brush well under running water) can be done very quickly.

Feed dosage of our STENDKER discus food GoodHeart:
Our feed is ideally suited as a complete feed, please do not feed too much and be sure to thaw beforehand. (Tip: thaw the evening before in the refrigerator in a food storage container with a lid)
For 10 discus fish with a size of:
- 6.5 to 12 cm, approx. ½-1 blister (2.5-5 grams) per meal, i.e. 7.5-15 grams per day.
- 12 to 18 cm, approx. 1-1 1/2 blisters (5-7.5 grams) per meal, i.e. 15-22.5 grams per day.

Give the animals about as much food as the fish ate in five minutes.
Please do not feed any more, as uneaten feed residues significantly deteriorate the water quality and water values. Discus fish do not have a pronounced feeling of satiety and too much food could lead to overfeeding of the animals.

Please make sure to thaw our frozen food before feeding! TheDiscus fish do not like hard food and lose their appetite when they bite into something frozen. In addition, the frozen food can (in individual cases) also lead to the fact that the discus fish can develop swim bladder infections or inflammation of the intestines.
Depending on the size of the pool and the number of fish you have 2-3 feeding places proven so that the weaker animals in the group have a good chance of getting the food. The thawed food can be easily portioned and fed with a knife or spoon. Our discus fish and other co-fish eat our food very quickly and happily.

If you cannot set up to feed your fish 3 times a day for reasons of time, it is usually sufficient to feed them only in the morning and in the evening. However, the daily amount of food should remain the same. However, it is recommended for smaller discus fish (less than 8 centimeters in size) to stick to three meals a day to ensure even growth.
You are also welcome to have additional light snacks, such as mosquito larvae (but please not the red mosquito larvae, as these often live in polluted waters and could thus bring diseases into your aquarium).

How to defrost STENKDER discus frozen food:
Take about as much frozen food from your freezer as you need for 2 days (3 meals a day).

With a pair of rose scissors, the required amount of food can be cut very easily from the frozen 500g food board into portions suitable for portions.

Our thawed frozen food can be kept in the refrigerator for approx. 2-3 days,
therefore you do not need to repeat the defrosting process every day. Fill the frozen food into a fresh food box and close it with the corresponding lid. Then place this food can in the refrigerator for gentle defrosting. After about 6 hours you can use the thawed food. If the food begins to ferment after a few days or has an unpleasant smell, please wash the food container thoroughly with hot water and remove a new amount of frozen food for the next two days. Please thaw the food do not open with a sieve under running water, otherwise you would wash away the important vitamins.

Our discus fish know and love our discus food, which is why they literally pounce on it, which is partly reminiscent of piranhas. Don't be frightened if all you see at the end is a “cloud of dust”. Our food is eaten very quickly.

Why our STENDKER discus food is so good:
We have been breeding discus fish for more than 45 years (in Germany) and in the course of this time have developed a food mix specially tailored to the needs of discus fish. Our STENDKER discus food feed we exclusively to our own discus fish in our farm. It contains everything that discus fish need for a healthy diet and is ideally suited as a complete food. STENDKER discus feed contains a mixture of beef heart, vegetables and much more, which contributes significantly to keeping our animals healthy.

When you see our animals, you will immediately see how well the discus fish are doing with our STENDKER discus food. Form your own opinion and just give it a try. Of course, the quality of the feed depends on careful production, the correct mixing ratio, the high quality of the ingredients, the composition and careful preparation. With our food you can be sure that we have taken all these factors into account so that the discus fish feel good and healthy.
In order to provide you with high-quality, comprehensive and very simple feeding, we offer our STENDKER discus feed as a complete complete feed through specialist pet shops. Our STENDKER discus frozen food is available as 100 gram blisters, 200 and 500 gram flat bars. This good and balanced feed mix contributes significantly to the health, color splendor, reproduction and growth of the discus fish. Ask your pet dealer.

By the way: Other fish also love our food.

For food for discus fish in general

Beef heart
was, in our opinion, wrongly condemned in the media as feed for discus fish as “there are no cattle running in the Amazon”. Cattle are not treated with hormones, which is regularly checked by veterinarians. Beef heart is an animal protein, which the discus fish in the wild through small crabs, worms and insect larvae ingests. Since some of these animal species are hardly to be found in our latitudes, are expensive and sometimes considerably polluted, in our region beef heart is often used as a protein supplier for discus fish feed. Of course, beef heart is not enough as a complete feed for discus fish, in our opinion.

Turkey heart should be rejected in our opinion, because turkeys are usually brought to slaughter weight with hormones within twelve weeks and these hormones accumulate in the heart of the turkey. Since these hormone residues in turkey hearts as feed for discus fish can lead to the fish becoming artificially sexually mature earlier (in 6 months instead of 1 1/2 years), we will not feed turkey hearts to our discus fish.

From red mosquito larvae and Tubifex We advise against feeding discus fish, as both types of food come from heavily contaminated water (liquid manure) and often bring bacterial infections into the aquarium.

Of Cyclops crabs we also advise against it, as these often carry tapeworm larvae which, after eating, develop into tapeworms in the discus fish and can lead to massive growth disorders.

Dry foodIn our opinion, r, regardless of the species, is also not sufficiently suitable for discus fish, as the animals do not like to eat this food enough and therefore take in too little of it. In our opinion, the supply of dry food is not enough to ensure normal growth and stable health in the long term.
Other types of frozen food, such as We consider water fleas, Artemia, muesis, white and black mosquito larvae to be good supplementary feed, but can only be seen as "candy", as the nutritional value of this food is very low.

Addition: Refusal to feed after transport and use
After the very stressful transport and relocation of the discus fish in your tank, the feed intake can be delayed by up to four weeks, especially with the larger fish. The smaller discus fish (up to 14 cm) are less sensitive, feel at home more quickly in their new environment and usually eat quite well the next day. Since our discus fish are generally well fed, this refusal to feed in an almost fully grown discus does not pose a serious problem at this point in time. In such a case, we recommend slowly increasing the water temperature of your aquarium to 33 ° C for about two weeks (please remember the plants, move them beforehand!). This stimulates the metabolism and thus also the appetite of the discus fish. If our discus fish continue to receive their usual food (STENDKER discus food), it is easier to get started.