Many people think that the many Koi foods available in the market are all the same. People assume that cheap food is the same as an expensive brand with a different label. These comments are mostly used by Koi keepers who base their Koi food on the price. One can try to understand that a pond keeper needs to save the money they spend on the diet of the fish but fish keepers should know that not all food are the same. There are some factors that need to be looked at.
Consider starting with nutritional analysis. One cannot just eat anything that is brought for them in the restaurant with no idea of what it is. The same logic applies when choosing the food for the Koi. Different Koi food is made to be eaten during different times of the year. Most meals that can be taken during all season by the Koi have little protein content and are easy to digest. Meals that are meant to be eaten during summer season normally have a high amount of protein.
A fish can suffer ailments due to feeding on high growth food. The metabolism of the Koi fish declines with the lowering of the temperatures. Growth food is not easy to digest, and this means that the food can start to rot in the body of the fish. As a result, the fish can get sick or die.
Look the ingredients that are used to make the fish meal. Most fish meals that are available in the market have fillers that are not easily digested in the bodies of the Koi fish. As a result, more waste is released by the fish to the water, and this makes it a challenge to maintain the water clean thus lowering the quality of the pond. Any Koi keeper should be careful when feeding their fish to ensure that the meals they are giving have no fillers or low-quality ingredients. Avoid the Koi meals that are designed to mimic Koi’s natural diet.
There are many pond owners who mix different Koi meals because of the high prices of the Koi food. This is the case for fish keepers with many fish in their ponds and especially if the fish have high appetites.
You should always see to it that the food you give to your fish is fresh. Most of the food that is available at cheap prices are normally of low quality and they take a long period before reaching the retailers. The nutrition in Koi food declines as the food ages. The meals that have not lasted for a long period after their packaging are therefore the best to feed Koi fish.
The quality of the Koi food is what a Koi keeper should consider rather than the price. Quality food is necessary for making the fish grow fast and have a strong immune.