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Tetra Pond Variety Sticks
Tetra Pond Variety Sticks Premium blend of three foods to enhance vitality. Blend includes: Pond Sticks, an ideal basic diet; Koi Vibrance, enhances natural coloration; Spring & Fall Diet for health and vitality. Feed in spring, summer and fall when water temperatures are above 50F. $0.00

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.

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