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  When and What to Start Feeding Your Fish in Spring


Spring Pond Feeding

It's starting to warm up in some parts of the country, and we're getting emails about 'when can I start feeding my fish again?'

The answer is really a two part response:  It's not just 'when' but also 'what' to start feeding them...

As a general rule, we recommend not feeding your fish at all below 50 F and only start feeding them again when the water has been above 55 for more than 7 days.

Then, you want to be sure to only feed them a lower protein food, or ideally a wheat germ based food like the Hikari Wheat Germ Koi food, which you can find here.

I like to keep it in an air-tight container to keep it fresh all Spring. My fish really seem to like the taste, and it's easier for them to digest than their regular high-protein diet.

Fish don't have stomachs like us, only a digestive tract that relies on beneficial bacteria to digest their food.

But in colder weather, there is less of these digestive enzymes present, so your fish are less able to digest their food.

This is why it's important to only feed wheat germ, or lower protein foods in colder weather, and especially in Spring and Fall.

But things start to warm up, your fish will be hungry!

So be sure to treat them to a nice highly digestible food to get them off on the right track this Spring!


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