Breeding Discus Fish Ė 3 ways to encourage Spawning.
So you have a mature pair of discus fish that have shown an
interest in each other but they are not laying any eggs.
The most important factor in discus fish breeding in the water
quality, make sure it is soft, acidic and clean. If you have this
water, your most likely stressing over why there isnít hundreds
of eggs in the tank. If you have discus ready to lay eggs there
are a few ways in which you can give them a helping hand.
The first way you can tempt them to lay is to feed a rich diet of
frozen bloodworms for about a week. Feed it everyday as well as
their other meal. This should condition the female and get her
ready to breed. Other foods that are good for breeding discus are
white worm, adult brine shrimp and chopped up crab sticks or
prawns. Make sure you buy frozen food as there is less chance of
Another way to encourage your discus to breed is by doing a 25%
water change but drop the temperature by a couple of degrees of
the water going in. This imitates there natural habitat and can
trigger spawning. This is a little trick I use on all my young
pairs when trying to get them to spawn. Make sure all the pH and
hardness is the same making only the temperature different.
The third trick in getting your discus to breed is by separating
them for a couple of days before reintroducing them. To do this
you can add a tank divider or move the male to another aquarium.
Make sure the female gets plenty to eat when the male is away.
When you reintroduce the discus just keep a close watch over the
next 24 hours as males have known to be aggressive towards the
female. They should start the courtship over the next couple of
days and hopefully lay eggs after.
There are more ways to encourage your discus to breed as well as
many more tips on breeding and caring for discus fish on my site
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advanced fish keepers with discus problems including keeping and
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