Tips On Koi Feeding

October 7, 2008 by admin 

Koi Feeding

Koi feeding is fun and enjoyable but should be done carefully as overdoing it may cause problems to the fish and its environment. It is best to feed your fish a little bit at a time – no more than what they can eat in 15 minutes because dumping too much food in the koi pond will cause it to sit in there and rot. Leftover food may cause the increase of ammonia in the pond, which is dangerous to the koi.

Koi should be fed more in summer and less in winter. They should not be fed at all if the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius. At that low temperature, the food might not be digested properly and can spoil in the koi’s stomach. Highly digestible food like wheat germ is favorable as it lessens the chance of danger. High protein food can be given in spring to help the koi with cell growth and to repair any damage. Growth foods are best in summer, when the temperature gets higher. They should also be feed a balanced diet food which has the right amount of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Color enhancers such as carotene and spirulina, can be given as a supplement. Carotene affects the red pigmentation but can also affect the white. Spirulina also enhances the red pigments but not the white.

While there are many commercial pellet and flake foods you can give to your fish, Koi feeding can be most enjoyable when you feed them “alternative” foods. They enjoy eating live foods like shrimps and worms. They even eat vegetables. They will devour a lettuce when given to them. Koi are not choosy when it comes to eating, so you will have to be picky in the food you give them in order to insure they get the proper diet. Remember that the objective in giving food is not for the enjoyment of the koi but to make them grow and be healthy.


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