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My fish always seem hungry. How much should I really be feeding them? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q&A


My fish always seem hungry. How much should I really be feeding them?

My fish always seem hungry. How much should I really be feeding them?
Tony – Richmond, VA

Proper fish feeding is one of the great balancing acts of pond ownership – and there’s precious little in the way of definitive, measurable guidelines. With a little observation, though, you’ll have it down to a science in no time.

As a rule, it’s best to feed your fish once a day, and preferably at the same time. An established routine trains them to be on the alert when mealtime rolls around, which in turn makes each feeding more efficient and effective. Try not to feed them any more than they can consume comfortably in five minutes – and be sure to remove any food left over after five minutes is up.

The five-minute rule serves a couple of important purposes. Unlike land borne creatures, fish have to share their environment with their leftovers. With some fish (and lots of humans), this can lead to overeating, bulging midsections, and compromised health. If excess food goes uneaten, it adversely affects water quality, leads to increased algae growth, and requires significantly more maintenance. Finding the five-minute sweet spot keeps both you and your fish happy.

But quantity is only the first half of the equation. The quality of the food you choose is every bit as important. Like the food we eat, fish food is comprised of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Protein is of particular importance when choosing the proper fish food, because it leads to rapid growth. Too much protein, however, can cause too much growth too quickly, leading to unhealthy fish. It also leads to increased waste, accelerated algae growth, and – you guessed it – more maintenance.

Our Pond Logic® feed line takes the guesswork out of proper nutritional proportions. With added citrus and natural color intensifiers, the protein-balanced Pond Logic® Growth & Color Fish Food is a fish favorite that consistently wins rave reviews from satisfied pond owners. Pond Logic® Ponstix provides a convenient, well-balanced and low-waste alternative to traditional foods. And Pond Logic® Professional delivers an extra protein punch, with the added benefits of immune system-boosting Beta Glucan to enhance the health of both your fish – and their habitat.

Pond appetit.

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the information… I know now how to feed them, my fish always seem to be gluttonous.. :)

  2. i have the opposite problem: tons of tadpoles, but no bites to my baitfish! not a single. i throw them fisfood….used to have bass jumpin up , now nada. everybody satiated? breeding?

    on another topic: i set out a heron decoy above the waterline, in the sand. promptly heron tracks all around the 1/4 ac pond! darn.
    so i set the decoy “in” the water, feet under water….heron’s gone since 3 weeks….coincidence???

    • Hi Fred,

      Could be the water but it could also just be that the decoy moved. Usually for best results you should continuously move the decoy so other herons don’t catch on.

  3. The 1 time a day / 5 minute feeding is very good guideline. Another quick way to judge if your fish are getting enough to eat is to look at their heads. In Koi, Comets, and Shubunkins, when you look at them their heads should not look bigger then their bodies. If it does, then they are not getting enough to eat.

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