Not only are koi fish beautiful to look at, they also bring a smile to your face when they come to you for food, especially if you are the one always feeding them – they remember their feeder! Feeding koi can be a delightful activity performed alone or with your loved ones, as you feed the koi together. If you treat them well, koi will sometimes even literally eat out of the palm of your hand. What are the best foods and feeding tips for koi fish so they are happy and healthy always? We have some helpful information on what koi fish eat, we will start with a few snacks:
Koi Fish Eat According to Their Sizes
If you’re buying fish food at the store, purchase according to the size of your fish. Smaller koi fish would need to eat flakes or small sized koi food. Larger koi, however, would prefer fish food pellets or pebble-sized food.
Koi are not Fussy Eaters
Koi fish eat anything, from small bugs and insects, to plants and algae at pond bottom. Of course, they also eat fish food bought from the store, and fish supplements as well. If you forget to feed them, they can generally get by on existing plant and animal matter in the pond for a while.
Koi Fish Prefer Carbohydrate-Rich Foods
Choose fish food types according to seasons to match their metabolic rates. In the early spring and late fall, koi fish would prefer more carbohydrate-rich foods, like most fish flakes or pellets. However, in the summer when koi grow quickly and also are most likely to mate, they prefer more protein-rich foods, so get high protein fish food for them when the months get warmer.
In the winter, koi can go without food the entire season as their metabolism levels are extremely low.
Occasionally, koi also enjoy to eat food that we would eat ourselves! You can sometimes feed your koi cereal, shrimp, lettuce, rice, peas, watermelon, or really just about anything you’re eating that day, as long as they are cut or broken into small bite sizes for the fish to eat. We would probably keep the expensive steaks for ourselves to eat, though!
Seasons Affect What Koi Fish Eat
Check the weather – before a storm, you would want to avoid feeding your koi. Fish need more oxygen when they are digesting their food. However, oxygen levels in the air drop when it rains, so the water does not get oxygenated as well as it normally would.
The same principle applies if your pond pump breaks and the pond water is no longer oxygenated – avoid feeding the koi until you fix the pump.
Take Note of Feeding Frequency
Feed your koi small amounts and frequently, up to four times a day. Remember to only feed them as much as they can eat within a 3-5 minute period.
The more frequently you feed your koi, the better they will remember you and come to you when it’s feeding time. Koi feeding time is the best time for your koi, and it could be for you, too! Enjoy the moment when feeding your koi.
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The most common thing people are looking for when they decide to build their Oklahoma City water feature is that they want the feature to look natural. A natural water feature is one of the most popular styles of water features people look for as it can beautify the space without it looking too over the top and extravagant. Read on to find out the ways you can give your water feature a more natural touch.
Size of the Rocks in Your Water Feature
Rock size has a huge part to play in the way your Oklahoma City water feature looks. Many inexperienced pond builders make a basic mistake, which is only utilizing rocks of the same size. Using only rocks of the same size can give your water feature a “necklace” look, which is not the most aesthetic look for a water feature. One thing you can consider when you make your decision on what types of rocks to use is to use rocks that are native to your area. Great options you can consider to be included in your water feature are a mix of river rocks and granite. They can give your water feature a natural look, especially with the mix of different rocks.
Shape of Your Pond
The shape of your pond is extremely important in making your Oklahoma City water feature look natural. If you take a look at ponds, lakes and streams, they usually have an irregular and imperfect shape. In order to keep your pond looking as natural as possible, you should avoid water features that are perfectly circular in shape, or a stream that is stick straight. The water feature design should be fluid in order to keep it looking natural.
Include Moss, Stumps and Logs in Your Oklahoma Water Feature
Another way to make your water feature seem like a part of nature is to add moss, stumps and logs. This helps to create an illusion of a natural landscape, making the water feature seem like it has been there for a long time. This is an extra step you can take in making your water feature look natural the way you want it to be.
Plants in the Water Feature
Ponds and streams in nature are abundant in plant life, boasting of different types of plant life that get nutrients from the water bodies. In order to keep your water feature looking natural, you should definitely consider adding plants to your water feature. Some plants you may consider adding include lily-pads and other aquatic features. This emulates the natural ponds and streams in nature and will definitely help to add a natural touch to your water feature.
When planting keep in mind the plants you choose will bring in wildlife. So maybe you love butterflies, plant a butterfly garden next to the water feature!
If you are interested in adding a water feature to your space, look no further than Continental Ponds. When it comes to building water features, Continental Ponds provides the best quality and pricing in the market. Visit us today to find out what services we offer. Let us work with you to create the water feature of your dreams!
Adding a water feature to your Oklahoma garden is one of the most effective ways to revamp it. In addition to increasing the curb appeal of your property, a water feature will help create a relaxing and calming environment.
Outdoor water features take a lot of punishment on a daily basis and are exposed to the outer elements. Wear and tear and extreme weather conditions could damage your water feature. Procrastinating water feature repairs could prove a costly mistake, as things may get from bad to worse, and you may need to replace your water feature.
Here are some common issues that could arise with water features.
Leaks in a water feature are usually caused by a hole or tear in the pond liner. If you see a hole in your liner, you must either repair or replace it (if the damage is irreversible). But first, you need to be sure that there is a leak. If your water levels have decreased, do not automatically assume that there is a leak in your water feature. Sometimes, evaporation can cause water levels to decline.
It may be difficult to tell whether your water feature has a leak or the water level has declined due to evaporation, especially in warmer months when the water level in your water feature can go down by 1-2 inches per week due to evaporation.
Fill up your pond. Measure water level after 24 hours. If your pond loses two inches or more of water overnight, it means there is a leak in your water feature. Once you are sure there is a leak, reach out to a water feature repair expert near you for help.
Low Pond Edges
Low pond edges are one of the most common causes of leaks. Over time, pond edges start to settle. Lower edges resulting from settling allow water to leak.
Check your waterfall or stream regularly. Wet mulch, small puddles, or muddy areas could mean that water is escaping. To fix a low edge, lift up the liner at the spot and pile some soil under it.
If your pond water is turning brown, you notice a weird odor, or your fish seem sick; it implies that your pond filter could be clogged with debris and mechanical media. To prevent this problem, periodically clean your filter. If your pond filter becomes clogged frequently, you might need a larger filter.
Continental Ponds is the go-to team for water feature repair, installation, maintenance and replacement. We live to transform ordinary backyards in oases. To consult with one our water feature experts, call 405-834-2291.
Tim Trammell has been building, designing, servicing and maintaining pond in the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 20 years. His company Continental Ponds, is Oklahoma's first Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is an national award winning pond and water feature builder.