Choose the right Koi food
Choosing the right food for your Koi is one on the most important decisions you must make. Our committed to offering a wide selection of medicated, colour enhancing, growth stimulating and sustaining foods is our passion as we know with the right food your Koi will benefit in health, size, growth and colour.
The feeding pattern, and thus the growth rate, of Koi depends on many factors, such as water temperature, water quality, stocking density and genetic background Koi feed most actively at temperatures in excess of 15c (59F), thus sexually immature fish can grow rapidly during the summer months when the temperature is warmer.
Once Koi are mature, their growth rate slows considerably; in sexually mature fish, most of the food eaten is utilized in producing eggs or sperm in preparation for breeding. However, unlike many other vertebrates, fish continue to grow throughout their lives and it is easy for pampered Koi to reproduce and continue to grow because of their artificially high feeding rates.
The cycle of rapid growth in summer and retarded growth in winter produces rings on the fish's scales (much like the growth rings of a tree) and a Koi's age can be determined by counting these rings. Some Koi-keepers, however, who heat their pools in the winter, continue to feed their Koi throughout the year. If a Koi has continued to feed during winter its rings will not be clearly defined and it will therefore be difficult to age.
< than 10 (c) Do not feed Koi. Temps at 10c of more than one month may require supplemental feedings of low protein high carbohdrate.
10 to 13 (c), 2 to 3 time a week (if Koi are hungry). High carbohydrate, low protein, laxative type foods. Wheatgerm, squash, lettuce & brown bread
13 to 15 (c), 4 to 5 times per week (if Koi are hungry). Add low prtein (25%) pellets along with vegetables. Increase quantities gradually as temperature increases.
15 (c), once per day six days a week. Low protein (25%) pellets along with high carbohydrate vegetables and fruit.
15 to 18 (c), once or twice per day everyday. Gradually increase protein in pellets (35%) and quantity of pellets, Vary diet with vegetables and fruits.
18 to 22 (c), once or twice per day. Bulk of diet should be 35% protein pellets. Add fruits, vegetables and plankton for variety.
22 to 26 (c), 3 to 4 times a day. High protein pellets (35% to 40%) with colour enchancers. Add plankton, vegetables, fruits and shrimp.