How Often Should I feed my Koi & GoldFish?
Water Temperature = # Daily Feedings & Total Amt. to Feed (/body weight)
>50°F 0 0 do not feed 50-55°F 1-2 times a week >1%
55 – 60°F 2 times a week 0.5% 60 – 65°F 3-4 times a week 1%
65 – 70°F 1 X day 1.5% 70 – 75°F 2 X day 2%
75 – 80°F 3 X day 2.5% 80 – 85°F 2 X day 1.5%
85 – 90°F 1 X day 1% <90°F 0 0 do not feed
We feed our fish to maximize and enhance their vibrant colors, growth, and longevity. Koi are omnivorous opportunistic feeders that need a balanced diet of protein and plant matter. Just don’t overfeed, it’s better to under feed than overfeed! Take out uneaten food before it spoils the water-adding to algae blooms.
What type of diet should I feed my fish?
Koi are naturally bottom feeders, so feeding floating food is best. There are several types of food on the market-flakes, sticks or pellets. Feeding a mix of foods and cold water or wheatgerm based diets are great for the Pacific Northwest, where we have colder water.
Protein-helps increase growth & reproduction 31-42% crude protein Fats give fish energy, 2-3% crude fat. Carbohydrates offer an energy boost but also help fish process nutrients (cheerios and oatmeal). Vitamins and minerals regulate their metabolism and Vitamin C aids immunity.
Start off with Cold water fish food / wheatgerm diet, or you can feed uncooked Quaker Oats or pre-soaked Cheerios. Feed sparingly to start to reduce the risk of illness- if scales beginning to raise or turn red, stop feeding and watch them. If the scales don’t go down, try treating with an antibacterial medication and move fish into a heated hospital tank.
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Kerri Bailey, owner of The Pond Pad, has been working with aquatic plants and herbs since 1989 and has been in the pond and horticulture industry since 1998. She has a BS in Biology and is a Certified Herbalist.