Koi fish food: Giving The Right Food For Your Pets

By · Friday, May 8th, 2009

If you like to have a healthy pet Koi, this means that you have to feed them with the right koi treat that will keep them in good shape. For this, it should be good for you to know the nature of your fish when it comes to their diet.

Koi are omnivorous fish, eating both plants and meat. They have sharp appetites when the water temperature reaches 61 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is when they are very active in terms of their appetites, this is why they should be fed with nutritious koi fish food that will give them a good quality diet.

Your koi will feed on almost anything; from insects, worms, snails, to the foliage of underwater plants. Some would also feast on those acorn and grasses which they manage to feed upon by pulling themselves partly out of the pond’s water!

Winter is when their digestive system will slow down. In here, there’s no need for you to feed them with koi fish food because they will nibble on the algae that can be found at the bottom of the pond (plus those other natural food). Once the temperature falls around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, any food that’s stored in their stomach will become rancid, making them sick.

In giving good and healthy koi fish food to your koi, always keep in mind that they need to have the right combination of protein, fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins. You can feed them with pellet foods, which can be made to float on the top of the pond’s water so that they will come out to snatch it. You can also feed your koi with special treats like peas, lettuce and watermelons. Be careful though in feeding them with koi fish food such as corn, beans and grapes, because they contain an outer casing, which can be improperly digested if swallowed by your koi. Be sure remove the outer casings first before feeding them. Other koi fish food include prawns, bread, lettuce and fruits.

So as their owner, you should make sure that your koi are in good health and also free from injuries. And since they have great appetites, you need not put a lot of stress into how and how much they’re being fed. Feeding your koi with koi fish food is when you can take the pleasure of your pet’s willingness to interact with you (and you can also feed them using your hand as well!). Remember also that a healthy diet can give your koi vivid colors, making them even more attractive to you and their other spectators!

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