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My fish are looking for food, can I feed them? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q&A


My fish are looking for food, can I feed them?

My fish are looking for food, can I feed them?
Arlette, Arlington, VA

Now that the rain and warmer weather has melted the ice away from your water garden you can see your decorative pond fish moving about the pond. After a long winters rest you would think they are hungry and ready to eat but it may still be too soon to feed your fish.

Temperature is a major determining factor in whether or not it is time to feed your fish and what type of food you should feed them. Install a floating pond thermometer within reach of the pond’s edge so you can readily check water temperatures throughout the day. Once the weather warms up enough to keep the pond water continually over 40°F you can start feeding your fish a wheat-germ based food like Pond Logic® Spring & Fall Fish Food. As your fish are still a bit chilly their digestive tracks are working at a decreased rate. Foods designed for cooler weather consist of easy-to-digest ingredients that can be broken down faster so they don’t sit inside your fish and cause problems.

Once water temperatures rise above 50°F you can switch over to your growth and color enhancing foods like Pond Logic® Growth & Color or Pond Logic® Professional fish foods. As your fish will be warm and fully active, they will have no trouble breaking down these denser high-protein foods.

Your decorative pond fish will naturally want to eat at any chance they get whether they are hungry or not. They commonly fool their owners into thinking they are starving as they splash around at the surface of the pond and fight for every last pellet you throw to them. Be sure to wait for the temperatures to rise before you give them food and rest assured that a small handful of food each day is all they need to maintain healthy diet.

Pond Talk: Is your pond free and clear of ice yet? Are you fish actively swimming around your pond?

Pond Logic® Spring and Fall Fish Food

2 Responses

  1. The ice is all gone here in the Northeast but no real fish activity. I have a question too….

    Temperature-wise, when can I start up the filter and pump and start recirculating the water? In the winter, I understood that it was undesirable to pull colder water down from the surface. But now that things are warming up, when is this no longer a concern for my fish?

    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Cathie,

      Typically pond owners begin to start their ponds back up once their area has stopped receiving freezing conditions. Temperatures above 50 degrees however will be most favorable for beneficial bacteria to begin forming in the filter. Fish will be able to tolerate the cooler temperatures without a problem but you want to be sure you can get the beneficial bacteria started in your filter to keep the pond healthy.

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