How to Feed Your Koi Throughout the Seasons

//How to Feed Your Koi Throughout the Seasons

How to Feed Your Koi Throughout the Seasons

What season it is will determine how it is you are to feed your Koi. Koi are cold blooded, so their metabolism can be greatly altered based on the temperature of the water in which they live.

Feeding Koi too much when the weather is cold or not enough when it is hot can be hazardous to their health. Koi feeding is not a science, but just requires that you are careful. As long as you follow the Koi feeding instructions, then you should have no problem having healthy Koi for many years to come.

One way to make sure that you are feeding your Koi correctly is to have a pond thermometer in your pond so that you can acquire an accurate temperature reading all year round. When the weather is cold, their metabolism slows, so you don’t want to feed them too much.

They are not able to process the food they eat when it is cold and you must know that fish have a hard time knowing when they are full. That is why fish are easily overfed. In the summer, their metabolism is faster, which is also when they tend to grow. This is when daily feedings are a good idea.

You should also realize that Koi do not eat the same types of food all of the time because it is based upon season. Not only do you have to make changes in the food that they eat, but their carbohydrate and protein intake must be changed as well.

Again, Koi feeding is something that doesn’t need to be difficult, but there is some thought required in order to make sure the Koi are healthy and safe. After a while, you can do all of this without thinking about it.

So here are some things to take into consideration when feeding in the summer: Your Koi are going to be the most active during the summer, so they need to put on some weight. This weight is also beneficial to them in the winter months when their feeding habits change. By feeding your Koi small meals throughout the day, you?ll get better results than if you feed them large meals.

In the spring you want to put your Koi on a low protein diet. This is because their digestive enzymes are still not up to speed because of the cold temperatures. As the temperatures go up their metabolism increases. You can also slowly increase their food.

In the winter months, you want to feed them minimally or not at all. It really depends on the temperature. Some individuals have Koi ponds that are small enough to transport into a garage or within some sort of shelter, but for those with large operations, that is hard to do. Be mindful of the temperature. The lower it is, the harder it is for them to cope with the food.

The best way for you to conquer any feeding issues is to talk to the dealer where you buy their Koi. Not all Koi are the same. Some are different from one another, so you need to know the particular feeding habits of the kind of Koi that you have. By being educated in this way, you can ensure that you are providing your Koi with the best diet that you can possibly give them.

So remember that Koi feeding is not that hard. All you have to do is follow instructions that are given to you. By following these instructions, Koi feeding will be successful. When feeding is successful, you can have a healthy Koi pond or garden for many years to come.

Author Paul S. Lake is the founder of Koi Fish Center and can be considered an expert in koi feeding . Paul has been caring for Koi Fish for nearly 20 years. Get his koi keeping ebook at the koi pond website.

 

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Originally posted 2017-03-20 22:48:51.

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