KOI Food and Koi Feeding Information

KOI Food and Koi Feeding Information

Koi feeding is based upon the time of year and accordingly the temperature of the water.

  • Below 50 Deg F – Don’t Feed.
  • 50 to 70 Deg F – Wheat germ based diet
  • Above 70 Deg F – High Protein fish meal-based diet

 Common Koi Food Ingredients.

  • Fish Meal – Ground fish from various different sources. It is important to understand where the manufacturer sources this ingredient since the term is a catch all for any and all ground up fish parts.  Their can be a wide range in quality of this ingredient. 
  • Wheat germ middling’s - The product of the wheat milling process that is not flour. A good source of protein, fiber, phosphorus, and other nutrients.  Easy for KOI to digest at lower temps.
  • Shrimp Meal - Whole fresh and salt water shrimps and/or shrimp parts such as the heads or shells ground into a powder for used as a high quality protein source in fish foods. Also, shrimp meal is a good color enhancer for koi.
  • Spirulina Algae – A spiral Alge made up of 65% beta-carotene, Vitamin B12, and protein that helps keep the colors of your fish bright and vibrant.

 Common Koi Food Formulations

  • Koi Cool Water Food
    • Koi cool water koi food is designed to be easily digestible when the fishes metabolism has slowed during the winter months. It allows for additional yearly growth while maintaining the health of the Koi.
  • Koi Growth Food Formula
    • Koi growth food formulas are generally a high protein meat based food designed for maximum growth during the growing season.
  • Koi Color Enhancing Food Formula
    • Koi color enhancing food formulations contain ingredients that directly aid coloration while maintaining a high protein percent. A few common ingredients are spirulina alge and shrimp meal.

Koi feeding

  • Koi can be fed up to four times per day depending upon the time of year. Only feed them as much as they can eat in about a five minutes.
    • Note: Take into consideration the filtering capacity of the pond to maintain water quality.  Overfeeding = Poor Water Quality
  • Koi fish will eat just about anything, small bugs, insects, plants and algae and formulated store bought fish foods. 
  • Common treats include cheerio style cereal, lettuce, shrimp, rice, peas, oranges and watermelon.
  • Consistently feed your fish at the same spot at the same times during the day and they will begin waiting on you when you go to feed them.
  • For smaller koi fish will need provide a flake food or small pellet food. If you are feeding small peanut koi then you may have to consider grinding the food up to make it small enough for them to eat.

Blackwater Max Growth Food

Blackwater Color Enhancing Food

Blackwater Cool Season Food

Blackwater Gold-N Professional Food

 

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