Discus Food Mix Recipe
This recipe can be used as a base when making you own discus food. This food is good to use as the main food for the discus, but I don't recommend to ONLY feed this food, but also other types of food. (Read more about this in my article about discus food.)
This home made food can easily ruin the quality of the water if you let food leftovers remain in the aquarium for long periods of time. Therefore you should be extra careful not to overfeed and you should vaccuum out any food leftovers, if there are any.
The ingredients proportions are not fixed, but can be varied and you are free to add or exchange ingredients, as long as you have the knowledge about what is good and bad for the discus and any other fishes that might be in the same aquarium. Personally I never make a batch with exactly the same ingredients and proportions. Among other things it depends on the price and availability of the ingredients at the time.
The use of this recipe is totally at your own risk.
Ingredients:8 kg fresh beef hearts (there will only be about 3 kg left of this after thorough rinsing and cleaning.)
2 kg fresh eggs
1 kg frozen green peas
1 kg frozen shrimps with shells
1 kg frozen skin-and-bone-free plaice fillets
1 kg fresh bananas
½ kg frozen chopped spinach
½ kg frozen crab meat
200 g fresh alfalfa sprouts
40 chewable tablets with multivitamins and minerals
40 chewable tablets with Vitamin C
4 tablespoons spirulina powder (can be found in good health stores)
Equipment:Two large buckets
Meat grinder (preferably driven by electricity)
Sharp kitchen knife
Cutting board for meat
Small freezing bags (These should be the ones without folds in the edges, otherwise the food usually gets stuck in the folds.)
You may want to use any other, or more equipment, that's OK. :-)
How to feed:
Take out one of the bags. Break off a piece of the discus food and feed to your discus. If you want to you can feed your discus by holding the piece between your fingers in the aquarium while the discus eat from it.
You can use a mixer or a food processor instead of a meat grinder, but then you should have more water in the food, so that you do not break the mixer or food processor. Unfortunately that gives a consistency that is not as good as if you use a meat grinder. To make the consistency better you can add some gelatine, but be very quick when adding and mixing it into the food so that no lumps of gelatine are formed.
Examples of other ingredients that can also be used:
Plankton, turkey heart, pig heart (but beef heart is better than pig heart), other vegetables, other sorts of shellfish, fillets of other fish species (but avoid fat fishes like salmon or eel).