article: Problems with Koi, Nutrition and Vitamin C
Problems with Koi, Nutrition and Vitamin C
Your koi fish are going to need your attention occasionally as they live in your
water garden. Watching and examining the fish for any disfigurements, bulging
and other problems can help you decipher what is going on with your fish in the
Your koi will need nutrition just as you do to become healthy adults. Fish need
vitamin C, and a shortage of Vitamin C will make your fish to be disfigured. A
fish that does not have enough Vitamin C will have muscle problems and their
bodies will change to form an S shape, as the muscles in their body do not hold
There are other reasons why a fishes body will turn to a kink like form such as:
when they are slammed by another fish in that area causing damage to their
muscles, or most often when a fish has been poisoned their muscles will contract
and their bodies will be an S shape as well.
Most koi feed that is available for you to purchase will have Vitamin C listed.
Be sure that you read over the labels to realize if the ingredient is indeed in
the feed. Because you never know how long feed has been sitting in the store it
is important to understand the difference between vitamin C and Vitamin C that
is listed as an ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid looses its potency over a period of
time and if the feed has been sitting for six months of longer than it most
likely does not have the Vitamin C potency that you will require for your koi.
When purchasing feed for your koi or goldfish, be sure to look for the name,
Ascorbyl 2 phosphate. This is the vitamin C that will last for up to a year in
the feed, and your fish will benefit most from this ingredient. This ingredient
is listed as active until the package is open and once opened it starts to
dissolve and become useless. This is one of the main reasons that serious fish
breeders and fish farmers will not buy bulk fish feed.