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bulletKoi feeding probably leads to more Koi deaths than we care to know.
bulletMost of us overfeed our Koi. Why? Because we love them, and we want them to grow bigger and faster. "If only they would eat chicken soup".
bulletSome people say only feed them as much as they will eat in 5 minutes, then they stretch that to 10 minutes.
bulletAs we feed them more and more, the waste products form more and more ammonia and nitrite, until the water becomes toxic and they die. (click here to see more about Nitrification)
bulletWhat we are really doing is overfeeding our filtration system. I'm not sure we can ever overfeed Koi.
bulletThe most important tool we have to know when we are feeding too much is an ammonia test kit. If ammonia shows up we are most likely feeding too much (or our biological filter was damaged).
bulletAs long as ammonia doesn't show up (nitrite readings follow the ammonia readings) we can feed away.
bulletRemember, the feed turns into ammonia and phosphates. Ammonia is converted to nitrites, which are then converted to nitrates. So we wind up with lots of phosphates and nitrates, which equals fertilizer, which causes algal blooms (green water). Plants will eat up some of it, and water changes will help get rid of the rest. (click here to see water change calculations)
bulletIf we cut their food back to lower the ammonia, guess what happens? They start recognizing us, come over to get their food, will eat out of our hands, etc.
bulletSome people feed them spinach, bread, triscut crackers, whole peas, vitamins, watermelon rind, etc.
bulletIf you want some more ideas ask some carp fishermen what they use as bait. Some have great secret formulas.
bulletWe recently calculated that we were feeding 6" Koi 1 gram of food per day, or 5 pellets per feeding (4 feedings / day).

 

 

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