Hikari Hi-Growth Food - 4 lb. - large pelletHelps koi gain both size and weight. Floating, non-clouding pellets. Ingredients: wheat germ meal, white fish meal, wheat flour, spirulina, wheat bran, Brewers dried yeast, wheat germ oil.
Hikari Excel Food 11-lbs - medium pelletEasily-digestible food containing: white fish meal, wheat
germ meal, wheat flour, spirulina, dehydrated alfalfa meal, brewer’s dried yeast, vitamins & minerals. 35% average crude
protein. Ingredients: wheat germ meal, fish meal, wheat
flour, corn, spirulina, krill meal, dehydrated alfalfa meal.
Tetra Pond Flaked Fish FoodPremium nutrition for small pond fish. This primary meal for
goldfish and smack Koi is easy to digest enabling the pond
water to stay clean and clear. Ingredients: fish meal, ground
brown rice, wheat germ meal, feeding oat meal, shrimp meal, potato protein, dried yeast.
Chengro Growth and Color PelletsA complete floating-type food that promotes growth and color enhancement in Koi and goldfish. Contains the exact amount of Spirulina necessary to greatly intensify the reds and blacks in fish while maintaining brilliant whites.
Chengro Spring and Fall PelletsWheat Germ / High Growth - Specially designed, natural vegetable
and plant-based formula that helps fish digest their food and keeps them in optimum health during the beginning and end of the season when water temperatures are coldest.
Chengro Staple Maintenance PelletsA completely nutritionally balanced floating fish food that is an economical product for daily feedings of pond Koi and goldfish. Contains a unique blend of high quality natural ingredients to promote good water quality and optimize the health of fish.
Blue Ridge Floating PelletsFloating pellets for
koi and goldfish. Professional quality
at a fraction of the
cost. Suitable for all
pond fish. Available
in regular-size or
Crystal Clear PelletsDesigned for year ‘round feeding to produce maximum growth, enhanced color and vitality. Contains a premier blend of vitamins
and minerals with high levels of stabilized Vitamin C and Capsanthin to assist with increased color, vibrance and vitality. Nitrogen flushed for maximum freshness - shelf life up to 10 years. Manufactured in the USA.
Video transcript: We are talking about koi food, food for your fishpond. You hear the phrase, ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’ talking about computers and coding, but it also applies to koi food. I learned this lesson with our rottweiler that we used to have guarding our pond store. We ran into a stretch where people love to jump over the fence and steal the koi out of our display pond. Our rottweiler lived there for a while and I learned all about garbage in and garbage out when we bought some really cheap dog food for him, and there was a lot of garbage out - and the same thing works with your fish. If you feed them garbage foods, dog food, or just table scraps or bulk product to save money, they may produce a lot of waste with that, and that is going to end up and cause you money in the long run.
All that extra fish waste is going to cause you to have to deal with more filtration, more products to keep your pond clean, more water clarifiers, more adding filters to your pond and cleaning your filters more often. So may you end up costing yourself time and money by trying to save money on cheap food for your koi. All of the major brands are good. If there is one that you like the color of the label or the name on the box don’t worry about it too much since sometimes it is the same food repackaged. We always try to list the ingredients on our site so you know exactly what it in the box. Now, the one time that you want to get really picky is if you showing your koi, if you are really trying to go for deeper colors and build up the reds in your koi, then maybe spend a little bit more. There is flake food, there is pellet food, and you can buy blocks of food that are going to dissolve slowly. So if you are gone for any period of time, you could that put that block in and it will feed them up for 5 to 7 days while you are gone. That is something to be aware of.
Early in the season, we would always recommend and we never have problems with throwing some cherios in early in the year or even late in the year. Don’t feed during the winter and probably the most important thing about feeding is not to overfeed. No matter which food you are buying, don’t overfeed your koi. They will eat like freaking pigs. They will eat more than they need and it is just going to produce much more waste.
So throw a little bit of food out and if they cannot eat it quickly, if there is something left you are feeding them too much. One other thing to consider is any kind of a feeding ring. Now, you can always buy a feeding ring. It is basically a piece of tubing that connects and floats, and you can tether it so it doesn’t start floating all over your pond, that’s where you dump your food in, and that keeps it from getting into your skimmers. Because if you fed the koi and they haven’t eaten it, you don’t want to leave that food in your pond and you want to net that out and throw it away. And I know you are saying, “Man, I don’t want to waste that food I just gave them.” But, if they don’t eat it right away it is already wasted because it is going to sink down to the bottom and dissolve and it will cause you more problems than it is worth. So don’t overfeed and use a feeding ring. You can make one yourself or buy one. They are very inexpensive. You can even take a big plastic lid and cut the center out of it – instant feeding ring. So those are the main things to keep in mind when it comes to buying food and feeding your koi.