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tankman12 02-03-2014 01:54 PM

Discus feeding help!!!!!!!
Okay my discus used to eat frozen bloodworms and beefheart. So my LFS has live blackworms, and I got a couple portions. I fed them to all my tanks a couple times. Now the discus will only eat the live blackworms. I tried mixing them with the frozen food but he picks out the blackworms. It is getting to be a little to much $ to feed him only the live foods. I would like to get him to eat pellets and frozen. So what should I do?
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Ogre44 02-03-2014 03:15 PM

Try not feeding him for a couple of days and then giving him frozen or dry food.
You could also try soaking your pellets or frozen food in garlic juice, supposedly this helps trigger a feeding response.

rsskylight04 02-03-2014 03:39 PM

I've never seen fish go nuts for a food like they do for live blackworms.
Slightly cheaper are live redworms, available at baitshops as "trout worms".
In warmer months you can culture live mosquito larvea by setting out a 5 gallon bucket of water. Just be sure to remove the larvea everyday if you don't want adult mosquitos buzzing around!
No guarantees but somthing to try at least.
Good luck!

NeonFlux 02-03-2014 03:48 PM

Discus lol smh so stubbornly picky! Just have to starve them for a few days and then start feeding them frozen bloodworms again. They will eventually have no choice..

I have several discus currently myself, and I feed them frozen bloodworms too, that were thinner in size about a week ago, they love'm, but ever since I introduced newer thicker bloodworms recently, which I thought they would absolutely love, guess what, they pick at them and spit them out lol They are so darn picky, but hella beautiful fish.


tankman12 02-03-2014 04:05 PM

Neonflux wt brand do u feed ur discus? Also I hv tried starving him and thn he will just nt eat until he gets blackworms. I guess I will starve him for a little longer and see what happens. I will try soaking the food for a bit longer to. Thx
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NeonFlux 02-03-2014 04:17 PM

Well, I started off with a Chinese brand, I forgot it's name, it was less expensive I think.

Ran out of the Chinese brand bloodworms, then bought the thicker bloodworms and were from San Francisco Bay brand.

Flear 02-04-2014 09:16 AM

if the cost of blackworms is getting excessive, ... learn to grow and culture them yourself, become an expert.

i know for myself, (if i was into raw meats) ... i'd rather have fresh instead of frozen, i'd rather have live instead of dead, ...

realistically, i'd rather have a nice rare steak instead of well done. both dead, but one is juicy with a great flavor, the other is cooked into oblivion

read up on culturing blackworms, practice, ... in the mean time give your discus just enough to know you're there, ... but only enough his hunger will ask him to eat a larger variety.

from one website on loaches (not related to discus) ... there are many loaches that people have found refuse to eat processed foods, ... something about whatever was done to the fishmeal and whatever else is in those processed foods. ... from there is live foods

some live foods their natural behavior in the water excites the fish to notice FOOD that something dead will never mimic, ... like all the effort in fishing to find that perfect lure that acts just like what the fish would want to eat, ... they don't just sit still to either float or sink, they move around, they dart back and forth.

other critters (wild cats) they find that a hunk of meat, ... well the cat will eat it because it's hungry, ... but if you can get it to run around (the tie it to a rope and pulley system to achieve this) so the cat sees it moving, it inspires it's natural instincts to chase ... and to prove effectiveness they have also found an increase in breeding. the cat is enlivened in all areas of it's life by satisfying those natural instincts

for us, there may be some very basic foods that could satisfy our nutritional demands, ... and if that's all we had we would accept the same thing day after day, ... someone shows you there is more out there, fresh fruits & vegetables, meat, chicken, beef, pork, fish (of all various types) and you'll be looking at the original goop and wait till it was live or die before you were hungry enough to take another bite.


so your discus likes blackworms, ... learn to culture them, become a great blackworm farmer, find other live foods so your discus gets a varied diet.

or starve it till the regular food stuffs you were providing before satisfy his nutritional requirements and he goes about life as before.

NeonFlux 02-04-2014 01:10 PM

I have tried culturing blackworms myself, but wow, the amount of effort put in to breed them, feed them, and keeping their water quality high is quite demanding in maintenance! But yeah, if you have the time, it may be worthwhile, but it takes time for them to get going, in my experience. They are great natural live treats.

You could try culturing live grindal worms. They are quite easy. I'm sure your discus would love them. Or even better culture whiteworms, if you live in a cooler climate.

tankman12 02-05-2014 09:04 AM

Ya I definitely do not have the time to culture anything too demanding. I think white worms could be an option or the grindal worms. I dont want to order online. So where could I get them?
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Flear 02-05-2014 09:52 AM

ordering online would be my best guess

otherwise you're checking out every local fish store, reptile store, ... and everything in between that's in your area for the possibility.

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