Just like humans, a discus fish thrives best on a diet that is varied. Back in the day, the fish breeders used to rely on just live food, sans flakes and/or pellets. Nowadays though, feeding discus fish has changed with dried foods becoming a lot more nutritious without the risks of bacteria as well as disease that only live food could have.

Feeding Discus Fish: Factors to Consider

Take note that young fish can become very greedy in addition to very hungry. They will go for whatever food that is given to them, so you should resist the urge to overfeed them. When the fish get older, they have a tendency to eat at a much slower pace, kind of like what cattle do whenever they graze.

Another factor to understand when it comes to feeding discus fish is to understand that the fish like to feed at mid-water level or somewhere near the bottom. Rather than jumping to the water’s surface, your fish might wait until the food goes down to a suitable depth in order for them to feed.

When it comes to feeding discus fish, the following are some of the food items that you could use, making sure that they stay healthy and are given the ample amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that yours needs:

Feeding Discus Fish: Flakes

Research the best fish flakes that are available in or near your area. You can do this by talking to pet store crews or other aquarium enthusiasts who you know. Better brands might be more expensive but they’re more nutritious.

Feeding Discus Fish: Pellets

When it comes to pellets, go for the quality brands. A danger of the low quality brands is that they might absorb water, thus expanding, and this can make your fish constipated.

Feeding Discus Fish: Brine shrimp

Your discus fish will love these and these may be fed to them live or frozen. A great thing about feeding these to your fish is that it can enhance your fish’s colors because of the carotene content in the shrimp. Before feeding brine shrimp to your fish though, make sure that you defrost then rinse them first.

Feeding Discus Fish: Bloodworms

When it comes to “gourmet” food for discus fish, this takes prime rib and they’re available both live and/or frozen. Feeding your fish frozen bloodworms each day is going to keep your fish happy, especially when you’re introducing them to a new tank.

Feeding Discus Fish: Beef Heart

While the fish really dig this, chances are that it can mess up the aquarium, especially when too much is put in. It is suggested to not try this until you’re used to keeping discus fish.


Discus fry have to be fed frequently, like once for every four hours at least. A mature discus will be fine when fed twice a day, giving it bloodworms once per day plus dry food for other feeding times.