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jsm11482 03-12-2007 08:25 PM

my discus are always hungry
Hello, so we have had these 6 discus (young) for about 2 months now and they are awesome. However, they seem to always be hungry! I feed them once in the morning around 9, then when i get home around 6 and sometimes before they go to bed around 10. Each feeding is a block of frozen brine shrimp, red or white mosquito larvae, or beef heart. Just after I feed them they are looking at me as if they are still hungry. These are the only fish in the tank (other than the pleco and a bunch of shrimp/snails). Am I feeding them enough? Thanks!

daisycutter 03-12-2007 08:40 PM

i've never kept discus but a good appetite cant be a bad thing most ciclids are aware of whats going on outside the tank and will watch you if your worried about how much there eating double the amount or add some dry food aswell the pleco,snail,shrimp combo will clean up any leftovers

jsm11482 03-12-2007 08:56 PM


musho3210 03-12-2007 10:29 PM

all fish are always hungry, they dont normally get 1 or 2 square meals a day in the wild, 1 square meal a week is the average in the wild so they need to constantly look for food. Three things matter in a fishes life, survival from prey, breeding, and finding food, They will beg but dont give in, only feed required amount.

jsm11482 03-12-2007 10:32 PM

ok so 3 blocks a day of mixed foods as stated above should be ok? They look and act healthy so I assume they are...

musho3210 03-12-2007 10:54 PM

if there color is fine, and there bellies seem to be a tiny tiny bit fat but not too fat and deffinatly not caved in, then i'll say there getting enough food....

daisycutter 03-14-2007 12:46 PM

ciclids are the worst for begging :D

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