You can improve the health, growth and colour of your koi and pond fish by the food you feed them. If you are not careful, feeding can also encourage poor water quality. So what are the secrets of successful feeding?
As koi keepers, feeding koi is one of our most enjoyable activities. It represents the time when we are able to ‘connect’ with our koi, and partake fully in an interactive relationship with our dependents. I would even be as bold to suggest that koi keeping . . . → Read More: 06. Feeding koi goldfish in a backyard pond
The ornamental aquatic hobby exists because of our enchantment with the striking beauty of the many thousands of different fish species – and no more so than in the world of koi. Admired for their size, grace and beauty, it stands to reason that if we . . . → Read More: Enhancing koi colour with koi food
Feeding koi should not simply be regarded as satisfying their hunger. It is an opportunity. We have seen that a koi’s diet is instrumental when endeavouring to improve their health and growth. The final of the 3 most desirable characteristics that can be enhanced through their . . . → Read More: Feeding koi goldfish to enhance colour
Pond fish such as koi, gold fish and shubunkins are all related to the carp which is naturally a grazing fish, constantly feeding as it picks its way through the silt and debris in a pond. They do not have a stomach, and do not digest . . . → Read More: Feeding koi pond fish
I have just returned from my local koi dealer who has taken delivery of a shipment from Japan that included some magnificent 8-10″ Sanke. I didn’t buy any because I have some from the same breeder in my own pond. However, when I returned to compare . . . → Read More: Koi colour is fading. What can I do?
The ‘living Koi pond’, whether a clear and circulating or natural and clay-based, consists of a living highway of biological processes that interact with each other to form an aquatic environment. In a natural water body, food and energy will cycle through a chain of closely . . . → Read More: Koi Digestion Excretion
The more we know and understand about certain aspects of our life, the more we can appreciate them. I remember the first time I learnt and understood how an engine worked, I was amazed that our family car actually worked knowing its old age and history. . . . → Read More: Koi digestive system. How it works
Every environment shares problems if the inputs into the system are out of balance with the rate at which they are removed or broken down. Currently, on a global basis, this is the case with CO2 and the earth’s atmosphere and it is also true for . . . → Read More: Koi food affects pond water quality
A koi food is formulated to satisfy many different demands – performing a host of different functions
Function 1: Complete and balanced diet. A koi food must satisfy the basic nutritional needs of our koi, so that they are able to maintain their health and vitality, as . . . → Read More: Koi food functional ingredients
As we saw in the previous article, our koi depend upon us for a complete and balanced diet. That is, a diet that not only provides them with all the nutrients required for health, growth and colour, but also in the correct quantities. Besides including all . . . → Read More: Koi food ingredients formulations
As consumers, we’ve never had access to as much information abut our purchases than we do today. Our biggest problem in this ‘Information Age’ is that we just don’t have the time to take it all in. This means we have to be more selective about . . . → Read More: Koi food label. Understanding a koi food label
Fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled (soft or hard). Eggs are such a convenient, tasty and versatile food that we can choose to cook them in one of many ways. And whatever form we choose to accompany our bacon, their nutritional content will largely be unaffected.
The two most widely debated topics amongst koi keepers are nutrition and filtration.
This is very understandable when these two areas of the hobby are likely to have the greatest combined impact on koi health. As filtration is a very ‘hands-on’ and practical aspect of koi keeping, . . . → Read More: Koi Food. Feeding for health.
Q: I am aware that there are many different types of Koi food available, which seem to offer different benefits to my Koi. What is the purpose of the different foods? Should I change my Koi’s diet at different times of the year? Should I stop . . . → Read More: Koi food. Feeding koi throughout the year
We have already seen how the carp is an adaptable fish by being so productive in a varied and changing food environment. The carp’s productivity is even more remarkable when taking a closer look at its digestive system.
Koi eat to live (except Chagoi that obviously live to eat!) and a koi’s physiology is adapted to be able to consume and digest a vast array of living and dead food materials. The processed and manufactured artificial diets that are routinely offered to koi bear . . . → Read More: Koi Goldfish Digestion.
Koi are just like any other fish or animal in that they have particular nutritional requirements. After water quality, koi nutrition comes a very close second to having the greatest influence on the health and appearance of koi.
Koi and all other fish are just like us in that they have particular dietary requirements. Naturally, koi will scavenge and root around a pond bottom as an aquatic pig eating worms, algae and debris, but where they are stocked in an artificial garden pond their . . . → Read More: Koi pond fish foods
The naturally occurring high quality livefood encountered by fish in the natural pond environment is the envy of commercial food manufacturers who try to match the high standard set by nature in an artificial bait. In a totally natural pond or lake situation the success of . . . → Read More: Koi, goldfish natural pond diet
I remember at school, when asked to write a story as part of an English exercise, immediately asking the teacher ‘How long should it be, Sir?’ I would be surprised if a large number of us have not been in that position, and received the predictable . . . → Read More: Koi. Feeding for growth.
Koi keeping can put many unnatural pressures on koi that these artificially selected fish have not had to contend with in their wild ancestral form. Over thousands of years, their physiology has adapted to a sedentary, slow moving existence in the mid to deeper waters of . . . → Read More: My koi have stopped feeding
When I was discussing this article I suggested a ‘How it works’ series, covering anything from food right through to filters. My offer was misunderstood and I was taken quite literally at my word (and was asked to write ‘How it works – from food to . . . → Read More: Pond fish food to filters
The start of the pond season is determined largely by the weather, and gets a kick start for real over the Easter Holiday weekend. Likewise, the end of the outdoor aquatic season is marked by the return of autumnal temperatures around . . . → Read More: Pond Food. A growing market.
When we read terms such as ‘innovative’ or ‘technologically advanced’, we expect to hear them used with reference to the IT or electronics sector where the development of new technology is the lifeblood of the industry.
If a would-be pond or koi keeper were to flick through the pages of a koi magazine, there may well be the danger of them being put off keeping koi by the apparent number of problems that may present themselves to a hobbyist.
I am a little confused with the number of different types of food that I can buy for my koi. This is especially true during late summer and early spring when my pond temperature is cooling down warming up either side of winter.