In the wild, discus fish spend a great deal of their time searching for food. In order to raise healthy discus, it's important to replicate this natural environment as closely as possible. You can't expect your discus fish to thrive if you simply feed them once in the morning before leaving for work.
Instead, try to give your pets smaller portions of discus fish food several times a day. You should opt for about five separate feedings per day. By feeding your fish numerous times a day, you'll cut down on the amount of waste from uneaten discus fish food, which tends to deteriorate very quickly. Not only is it wasteful but food left to rot in an aquarium can lead to a host of health problems for your discus fish.
Don't worry if school or a job commitment requires you to be away from home several hours a day. Feeding discus fish frequently is still possible through the use of an automatic feeder. An automatic feeder can be set to serve your discus 2 or 3 meals during your absence.
Automatic fish feeders come in a variety of styles and price ranges, including battery operated and electronically powered. The feeders are designed to eliminate moisture in order to keep discus fish food fresh and dry. There are even larger sized automatic fish feeders that can be set to provide your discus with food while you're away for the weekend or on a business trip.
Another tip to remember when feeding discus fish is to offer more than one food source each day. Just like humans, discus enjoy and require a healthy well balanced diet. You can't expect your fish to survive on solely dry pellet style food. Mix up your discus fishes meals with a serving of brine fish, frozen bloodworms, or gel style food.