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Old 07-28-2014, 07:16 AM   #1
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What are you feeding your koi?


Out of curiosity, what are you feeding your koi? I got two one year old koi, and two very young koi, and I really want to get some growth out of these guys, but of course without breaking the bank.

I'm currently feeding EasyPro (can't think of the formula off the top of my head), which wasn't bad price wise, but looking for some more options. I fed Hikari at the beginning of the year cause I couldn't get out to the pond supply place, but it is EXPENSIVE, and to be honest, the ingredients weren't that impressive to me. Especially since the little bag was gone in two weeks or so.

Also do you guys feed any veggies?

Edit: Also normal food is Doctor Fosters and Smith, they like it, and its reasonably priced.

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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Nothing. They grow really big in the pond, though.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:57 AM   #3
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I feed pellets from Kens fish. I mix the red and green pellets together for the summer and feed just the red in the early spring and in the fall. I supplement with live earthworms from my yard.
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Wow their prices aren't half bad either.... may have to give that a shot.
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Kens fish has some of the best prices for fish food IMHO. His other stuff is very reasonable also.
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Yeah I'll definitely have to look into that when I run out. I've been also looking at Blackwater as well, any experience there? Seems like a pretty good food, from a small company, not bad price wise either. My filtration system isn't the best, so the food that produces the least waste wins IMHO
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I have used the Blackwater brand in the past and it is good food. Now I get my food from a local fish hatchery in bulk as it's way cheaper and as much as I go through its a no brainer. I also dump in buckets full of duckweed. Some of the premium feed is better at bringing out the colors of your fish but I just keep my koi for my enjoyment not to enter a koi contest. If I had really high quality fish I wouldn't skimp on food but for my fish they aren't going to eat better than I do.
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Be careful with bulk hatchery foods. Some contain too much corn and corn gluten which bad for koi. I stay away from koi foods that have corn listed in the first three ingredients. While some corn is good you don't want it as the main ingredient in your koi's food.
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Be careful with bulk hatchery foods. Some contain too much corn and corn gluten which bad for koi. I stay away from koi foods that have corn listed in the first three ingredients. While some corn is good you don't want it as the main ingredient in your koi's food.
Well the feed I use does have corn and corn products in it but it's not in the top of the list of ingredients. It's been used for my koi for quite some years now and they are just fine. Maybe because my koi are Nebraska koi and we are the Cornhusker state after all.

The main ingredients listed is fish meal, blood meal, bone meal, alfalfa meal, cotton seed meal, canola meal, molasses, peanut meal, soybean meal, wheat bran, fish oil, poultry feather meal, rice, and many vitamins. The hatchery I get it from also raises koi and it seems to work just fine for them also.
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