How Should You Feed Koi to Ensure Good Koi Health?

 

Feeding koi is a relaxing and entertaining activity – possibly one of the best parts of the day. After all, koi love to come to the water’s edge and will interact with you to get their food.

They quickly learn where the food comes from, and can learn to literally eat out of your hand.

If you take the time to get to know them, feeding time can be a great way to interact with your pets. However, you need to know what to feed them, how much to offer, and when to do it.

Let’s take a look.

The first thing you should know is that koi are omnivores.

They eat both plant and animal matter, and have big appetites.

If your koi are being kept in a natural pond, with plants and other animals available, they will tend to graze in their environment.

If you’re keeping them in a pond or container where there are no snails, worms, or pond plants for them to eat, you’ll be the only source of food they have.

In this type of situation, you have to be more careful about what you’re offering.

Remember that a good diet will keep your koi more vivid and active, and that they’ll need to eat more during the summer. There are all kind of foods you can offer koi, but most people stick to pellets formulated specifically for this type of fish.

If you attempt to put together your own koi diet from raw materials, be very careful about it.

You may want to ask your vet or an expert on koi about the best formulation for your pets. Remember to keep the right balance of fats and proteins, and offer a good variety of foods. Otherwise, you could end up with very sick koi fish.

Commercial koi food prevent this from being a worry.

You can offer plenty of treats in addition to the usual floating pellets.

Watermelon, lettuce, peas, and other fresh fruits and vegetables are fun to offer koi, and they enjoy eating them.

Try to stick to food that floats, so you can examine your fish as they come to the surface of the water.

You can make sure they’re behaving the way you expect, that they’re eating well, and that they don’t have an injuries this way. It’s important to check on your koi from time to time to make sure that they don’t have any problems.

During the winter, you can reduce or even stop feeding your pets.

If you stop feeding, make sure that the koi live in a pond that’s deep enough for them to winter properly and that there’s natural food available.

Feeding too much in cold weather can actually be dangerous for the fish.

Once again, if you’re not sure about what to do, ask your vet for help.

He or she should have experience with koi, or be able to direct you to someone who can help you.




One Response to “How Should You Feed Koi to Ensure Good Koi Health?”

  1. Dick says:

    wow, did not know about not feeding in winter… oops.

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