Be careful not to overfeed your fish. Depending on the type or amount of food, excess or uneaten food is known to be the most common cause of potential ammonia spikes. It is important to know that the ammonia levels can increase to toxic levels, if the amount of organic material buildup surpasses the level beyond the filter’s processing capability. This will certainly increase your fish vulnerability to some of the most common discus fish diseases or illnesses.
How to Feed Your Fish —The Best Practice
Some fish experts suggest that you should feed your discus small meals spread throughout the course of the day, while others recommend feeding the young active ones who are still growing three times per day, and the adults two times daily. Whichever method you choose to use, one thing you should not do is to feed your fish “one large” meal per day. Your fish should be able to completely consume the food portion they receive within a couple of minutes.
More Food — More Waste Accumulation
Overfeeding by itself can also cause death! Additionally, it causes your fish to eliminate more waste.
An increase in fish waste plus leftover food particles are definitely not good for the health of your fish. This can harbor the growth of certain harmful bacteria and leave them even more susceptible to various types of discus fish diseases. If you are concerned about over-feeding your discus fish,there are a few ways to solve this.
The 3 Golden Practice
1.Use an Automatic Feeder
If you can purchase an automatic fish feeder, this would be a worthwhile investment, as it would ensure precise schedule feeding.
2.Regular Water change
Try to get rid of uneaten food and food particles as quickly as possible, as this will contaminate the water.
3.Quick Removal of Food Particles
If you are unable to get rid of all food particles, you may do a water change if necessary, to prevent possible discus fish diseases, illnesses or death.
Remember, regular water maintenance and proper nutrition is the key intervention for the prevention of most fish illnesses and diseases, including your discus fish.
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