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When should I switch my fish food? | Decorative Pond & Water Garden Q&A


When should I switch my fish food?

When should I switch my fish food?

Jordyn – Milwaulkee, WI

If you’re eating fish food, you should probably consider switching it right away. I recommend pizza. Unless, of course, you’re a fish – which, for the purposes of this post, we’ll assume you are.

Fish, as you probably know, are extremely susceptible to seasonal cycles, and the environmental changes they bring. When gauging the best time to transition from one type of food to another, it’s vital to monitor water temperature – which, when you use our Pond Logic® Floating Pond Thermometer, is a snap. The second, more subtle indicator is fish behavior. When water temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, fish movement become slower and more sluggish, or they’re eating significantly less, it’s time to switch to a wheat germ-based food like Pond Logic® Spring & Fall Fish Food.

When fish ease toward their dormant months, wheat germ-based food provides easily-digestible nutrition, and ensures that your fish won’t go dormant with undigested food in their bellies. Because undigested food decomposes over time, it poses a serious health risk to fish, and can release toxins into their systems that can result in sickness – and even fish loss. When using our Spring & Fall Fish Food, you can continue to feed your fish safely, without exposing them to unnecessary risk of illness.

When water temperatures drop into the 40s or fish stop eating altogether, it’s time to stop feeding, allowing fish to settle in safely for their long winter’s nap.

Pond Talk: What signs do you fish give you to signal they are ready to relax for the winter?

Pond Logic® Spring & Fall Fish Food

One Response

  1. Good Advice – a slight improvement: When I went to Japan to get my 4″ to 6″ Koi in 1996, the Koi grower who ships all over the world stated to start wheat germ in our zone 5a earlier at between 60 and 55 degrees since water temperature drops faster here than lower zones and STOP FEEDING AT 50 DEGREES. Also the other tip was not to feed KOI any CORN to them during the feeding season as it bloats them up and causes stomach problems for the KOI. Try to find KOI food without corn in it. I have only lost one KOI to a blue heron – the other 13 KOI are between 20″ to 26″ presently in a 6′ x 16′ long pond. The other mandate was to build a filter twice the size the pond needs – I use a 150 gallon rubbermaid tank for a filter where my water fall starts. NOTE: No chemicals or salt have ever been used in this pond.

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