Koi grow quickly, and you can help ensure they do so healthily by maintaining timely feeding schedule, nutritious diet and clean pond. It may sound like a lot, but these quick tips for feeding are easy to remember. Follow these steps and keep your koi happy, healthy and growing.
When to Feed
Koi need to eat about four times each day on average. It can be a lot to manage when you throw in your working schedule and daily activities, but koi feeding frequency tends to change with the seasons. During the colder months, koi’s metabolism slows dramatically, and they can go nearly the whole season without eating.
During the warmer months, however, koi are a lot more active, and their metabolism increases dramatically. When the weather’s warm, koi need protein to stay active. During the spring and summer months, koi need their four full meals a day but be sure to feed them while whether is fair. Severe weather can zap the oxygen out of your pond, making it a poor time to feed your koi.
What to Feed
Koi eat everything from grains to lettuce, or even cereal, bugs and of course fish food. Koi feed is one of the best options as it comes packed with nutrients and can easily be measured for feeding. Be sure to save the larger feed like pebbles for your big koi and the smaller feed like flakes for your smaller fish.
Carbs are best during the cold seasons, and protein is best for warm weather.
How to Feed
Filters house the bacteria needed to breakdown waste in your pond or water garden. Be sure to maintain your filter certify it is working properly.
Most importantly, feed your koi with an automatic feeder like Sweeney Feeders’ Koi Café! With Koi Café, you can time your feedings throughout the day and take one more thing off your to-do list.
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