The koi carp is a special fish. He loves company and you can build a good relationship with him. Certainly if the koi carp knows that you are the one that gives him koi food.
Because koi carps are crazy about food. Conversely, feeding a koi carp is a fun activity: the fish comes to the surface of the water and shows its beautiful colors. And after some habituation, the koi carp will eat out of your hand.
It is good to know what you can give a koi carp for koi food. And especially when, because you are dealing with an outside fish, it is not always the right time to feed your koi carp.
The best koi food to grow your koi carp
You might already know: size matters, also with koi carps. The bigger the better. Nowadays a large koi carp is at least 80 centimeters long and there are also koi that are longer than one meter. Realize that you need a large-sized koi pond for such a hunk. So first consider how large you can make your koi pond before you give your koi carp growth food.
The best-known koi food products to grow koi carps are Supergrower and Danish Mix. Danish Mix is a combination of 50% Supergrower and 50% Royal mix. Takazumi and Probites are also well-known growth products. In general, all these products give good growth results.
Where to buy koi food?
You can buy koi food in specialty stores and on special internet sites. You will see that there is often a good koi food offer. Always pay attention to the best-before date when buying koi food, because about three-quarters of a year after production, the best koi food has largely lost its nutritional value.
It is also better to wait for a good koi feed offer from a recognized manufacturer than to buy cheap koi feed from an unknown brand.
How much koi food can a koi carp get?
The amount of koi food that you can best give your koi carp depends on a number of factors. Age is an important factor, because young koi carps have to grow considerably and eat up to five times more than older koi.
Apply the following rules of thumb when feeding:
- Don’t panic when your koi carps are much wilder when fed than someone else’s. If you have a lot of koi carp, food envy may occur. However, this is not a sign that your koi is short of anything.
- It is better to give less koi food at a time and to distribute the total amount of food over more feeding moments. You can also buy feeding machines that take care of the feeding for you.
- Do not feed more than your koi carps can eat in about five minutes.
- Keep a guideline of 2 kilograms of feed per 100 kilograms of koi per day in your pond. This applies at a temperature of around 21 degrees Celsius. If you go to a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, then it will be 3 to 3.5 kilograms of feed per 100 kilograms of koi. And below twenty degrees Celsius you go to about 1.5 kilograms of food.
- Don’t give koi carps too much koi food, because this will pollute your water more through extra stools and food that remains in the water.
- If you have not heated the koi pond of your koi carp, you will have to take the temperature of the pond water into account when feeding.
Koi food for an unheated pond
If you have not heated the koi pond of your koi carp, you will have to take the temperature of the pond water into account when feeding.
If the water falls below approximately eight degrees Celsius, it is better not to feed your koi carp. The fish cannot digest its food in this cold water, because its metabolism is too slow at these temperatures. The only thing that happens is that you contaminate the water with food or that the food remains undigested in the stomach of your koi carp.
At a temperature between eight and fourteen degrees Celsius you can feed the koi food products based on wheat germ. From fourteen degrees Celsius you can give your koi carp the normal food, possibly at a higher temperature supplemented with extra proteins.
Koi food for a heated pond
In a heated pond, the koi carp will have no problems digesting its food, if you maintain a minimum temperature of around fourteen degrees Celsius.
You can then give your koi carp the same koi food throughout the year. Try to vary, because with the right variety your koi stays in a good condition. For example, give products with wheat germ for a while to ensure that your koi carps do not build up too many fat reserves.
Koi carps love to be pampered
As already mentioned, koi carps are companion animals just like humans. They also like to be pampered just like people. Treat your koi carp to a tasty surprise every now and then. Koi, for example, love fruit (give them pieces of orange or strawberry once), shrimp from the freezer or freeze-dried water fleas (but do thaw first of course) and brown bread.
The following applies to everything: do it in moderation, because if you go to a fast-food restaurant every day, you will soon get way too much. Preferably use freeze-dried products, which can no longer transmit diseases as a result of their treatment. Avoid using fresh worms and the like.
Storing koi food for your koi carps
To ensure that the koi food for your koi is well preserved, there are special reclosable barrels or screw buckets on the market, which prevent important nutrients for your koi from being lost. It is important that the food is not stored too warm (cold is less of a problem), but especially kept dry.
Make sure that you always pay attention to the expiry date of the koi food. You can buy the most expensive food for your koi, but if it’s over the date, the nutritional value is zero.
You now know how to basically feed your koi. What is the best koi food for your koi is also a matter of trying out different brands and types.
Buy something different than normal if there is a good koi food offer or if you can buy cheap koi food in another way.