Autumn Feeding of Your Koi

Autumn Feeding of Your Koi

Carol Mund9/26/11

 

In many parts of the country, the transition into autumn brings cooler temperatures.  As pond water temperatures decrease, so does your koi’s nutritional needs.  Changing your koi’s food to a Spring & Autumn blend helps prepare them for the upcoming winter and helps to assure a great start for them next spring.

These cooler temperatures reduce your koi’s metabolism, which directly affects their ease of digestion.  High protein foods generally fed to fish during their active growing season of summer are difficult to digest as their metabolism slows.  Spring and autumn foods are specially formulated with less protein and more wheat germ, which is easier to digest.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on feeding amounts.  Excess food not eaten will result in poor water quality in the form of ammonia.  To top it off, these lower temperatures mean that our biological filter will not be operating at its peak efficiency to help break down this ammonia.

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