Simple Koi Feeding Guide-feeding frequency, water temperature and type of foods
Many people ask what type of food, frequency and water temperatures to use when feeding their Koi and Gold Fish. I hope this simple guide will help people with their koi feeding and gold fish feeding..
First, use a good pond thermometer. You need to know the water temperature in order to feed your koi appropriately.
Second, when the water (not air) temperature is less than 50 Fahrenheit or greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The fish cannot digest the food–DO NOT FEED THEM!
Third, always use good quality koi food. Avoid foods with corn content, as koi do not digest corn easily and will simply add ‘waste’ to your pond which will increase nutrients for algae blooms. Look for foods with wheat germ (fresh is best).
Also, always use appropriately sized food. Small koi and gold fish will have difficulty digesting some pellets and do better eating flaked food.
Koi Feeding – Frequency and protein content:
Frequency and protein content for Water Temperature between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed once or twice a week, or more if they are hungry. Feed High Carbohydrate, low protein foods with Wheat Germ in the main ingredient (some people feed organic wheat bread and unsweetened cheerios).
Frequency and protein content for Water Temperature between 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed up go five times a week. Feed low protein (25%) and vegetable based foods.
Frequency and protein content for Water Temperature between 6o-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed once per day. Gradually increase their protein to (35%),
Frequency and protein content for Water Temperature between 65-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed two to three times per day. Their diet should be mainly 35% or more protein.
Frequency and protein content for Water Temperature between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed three to four times a day. Their diet should be mainly 35-40% protein with color enhancers.
Koi Feeding Important Notes:
High protein foods will make fish grow faster and make them healthier than high carb diets.
Keep your koi food pellets in a cool, shaded storage location in an airtight container to maximize food freshness.
Baby Koi (less than one year old) need sufficient carbohydrates, especially when water temperature gets cooler.
Remember that koi feeding should never be done when the water is too warm (over 90 degrees) or too cool (50 degrees or less).
Koi Food Types:
Small koi and gold fish will have difficulty digesting some pellets and do better eating flaked food.
Water temperatures are between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit:
Water temperatures are between 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit:
Water temperatures are between 6o-65 degrees Fahrenheit:
Water temperatures are between 65-67 degrees Fahrenheit:
Water temperatures are between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit:
If you feed your koi appropriately; using the right frequency, protein content for the water temperature; your fish will grow large and stay healthy for many years to come. Remember your pets rely on you to feed them, just as children do. Feed them well and they will do well.
Happy Koi Feeding!