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61 degrees + - Twice daily or more
56 - 60 degrees - Once a day
51-56 degrees - Two to 3 times a week
46-50 degrees - Once a week - Do not feed again until spring when
water temperature reaches 46 degrees...
46 degrees - Do not feed
It is better to feed a few small meals a
day rather than one or two larger meals. Koi do not have stomachs so
what goes in one end is passing right through the other end. So, they
could eat 24/7. The problem is if you over feed you stand a very good
chance of polluting the water and that will bring on its own set of
Any good quality food. Corn *should not be* listed in the first 5
ingredients. Corn is a cheap filler, makes the fish fat and is bad in
general. The first ingredient should be fish, fish meal or other fish
type product. My personal choice is Sho Koi brand. Not the top of the
line but a good quality decently priced food that is affordable.
I buy salad shrimp
when it is on sale and cut in pieces, shell and all for the larger fish.
For small fish, I run it through the blender.
I buy mock crab when it is on sale. They love this as a treat.
My fish love watermelon (they only eat the pink part), grapefruit,
oranges, ( I feed citrus if I have sick fish and they are eating-
vitamin C is good for sick fish. I sometimes inject vitamin C into sick
fish) any salad greens (no head lettuce no nutrients for them or us), go
light on spinach (can cause kidney stones) shredded cabbage, zucchini,
(now you know what to do with the ones that get left on your porch in
the middle of the night LOL!!) earthworms.
Just about any fresh fruits or veggies. I also feed them duckweed/fairy
moss (my fish get 3 pounds every Sunday night and it is gone by Monday
morning). I grow water celery just for them. I leave it in the pot and
switch the pot for a new one once they have eaten it down. They do not
eat the stems so I remove it to a bucket of water until it grows new
leaves. I have 5 pots just for them that I switch back and forth. Oh yah
and you can use the water celery in salads for your self. They will NOT
eat bananas. Broccoli is good too but it takes time for them to get used
Basically experiment, you will soon find what they will or will
Here you can see Blaze getting her vitamin C from a grapefruit slice. In
case you are wondering, I have netting over the pond because of a
problem with Kingfishers.
Fresh seafood minced up to bit size pieces. Earthworms cut into bite
sized pieces for small fish or whole worms for the big guys.
Here you see Sunny helping herself to the water celery I have in the
pond just for the fish to snack on.
The sky is the limit and do not be afraid to experiment with foods. NO
meat, bread, pasta or sweets, etc. Too fattening for the fish and not
good for them.