Koi Fish Feeding Tips
There are many joys in owning a Koi fish pond. Koi are beautiful to look at, and will literally eat out of your hand, making them fun to feed. Many people believe Koi are so smart, that they recognize the owner when it's feeding time, making them quite enjoyable to observe and interact with.
Unlike many finicky species of fish, Koi have good appetites and will eat just about anything they can get to, including snails, worms, and insects. Koi may also nibble on pond foliage and underwater plants, so be sure to monitor their intake. You may end up replacing the plants several times. Even though Koi are hearty eaters, that doesn't mean you should just feed them anything. To maintain their health and beautiful coloring it is important to provide a varied, quality diet of Tropical Fish foods, including: flakes, freeze dried, crumbled, and frozen varieties.
A good way to ensure your Koi get a balanced combination of nutrients, is to feed them Koi food in pellet form. We carry O.S.I. Koi Pellets, which are readily available year round. The pellets float on top of the water, bringing the Koi to the surface. This is a good time to visually check them to make sure they look healthy and don't have any injuries. Maintaining a healthy diet not only reduces diseases and sicknesses, but also produces vivid color patterns.
Normally, Koi flourish in relatively warm water temperatures in the 60 to mid-70 degree range. However, during winter months, especially in colder regions when water temperatures drop into the 50's or lower, be aware that their digestive systems slow down quite a bit, decreasing their appetites. Therefore, since uneaten food quickly becomes rancid, you may need to skip some feedings, or at least reduce them to very small portions. Your filters should also be adjusted for the winter months, to help remove leftovers.
To learn more about Koi fish and the Koi hobby, be sure to check out "Expert Koi Fish Care" and take the "Free Koi Keeping Mini-Course". Just look for the sign-up box on their homepage.
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