3 Things to Consider When Buying Fish Food

Your fish are a very important part of your water feature! Not only do they look beautiful and provide great entertainment and companionship, they also play a necessary role in keeping your pond balanced. When selecting fish food for your finned friends, keep the following things in mind:

1. Quality

Not only is high-quality fish food better for your fish, it's also better for your pond! Low-quality fish foods tend to be high in phosphates, which can lead to unsightly algae growth and green water. Choose a nutritious, high-quality food that is low in phosphates and high in vitamins, minerals, and probiotics, which help with immune support and could decrease chances of disease and sickness.

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2. Packaging

It is very important to select fish food that is packaged correctly. Food that is packaged in a resealable foil bag to protect the food from air, vitamin-degrading light, and outside contamination lasts much longer than other packaging methods.

3. Protein Source

Look for fishmeal, squid meal, whitefish meal, anchovy meal, shrimp meal, blood meal, herring meal or other aquaculture protein as first ingredients. These are the best protein sources for fish. Krill is also a great source of protein as well as a color-enhancer.

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  • To prevent overfeeding, feed your fish only as much as they can eat in three minutes. Otherwise, the food can sink to the bottom of the pond and may increase algae and sludge in your pond.
  • Feed your fish in the same place each time. This location should be far enough away from the filtration or the Skimmer so as to not suck the food up before the fish have a chance to eat it.
  • Make a feeding ring with vinyl tubing connected with a black coupler to prevent the food from being sucked into the Skimmer.
  • Feed your fish a food that is specifically formulated for cold water when the water temperature is between 50º and 55º Fahrenheit. Cold Water Fish Food is lower in protein and is easier for the fish to digest. Use a Floating Pond Thermometer to determine the appropriate food to feed based on water temperature.
  • In the summer months, you can feed your koi up to three times a day. In the spring and fall months, they only need to be fed up to twice a day.

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