For our fish to be healthy and happy, the pond fish food must be the right one.
We must also consider that the amount of food they will need varies depending on the time of year.
During the summer they will be more active and will need a greater supply of food, while in the winter their activity will drop a lot (due to the temperature) and we must provide them with less food.
Selection of the best food for pond fish
How to properly feed your fish
Pond fish should be cold water, to withstand the changes in temperature outside: koi carp (hard to find for sale), kite or shubunkin goldfish . They all have a varied diet in common, they are omnivores.
Being outside, they may be able to capture some insects (mosquitoes and some larvae) and eat part of the plants or algae in the pond, but obviously we cannot trust ourselves, we must offer them a varied diet.
Commercial foods are complete , they contain the amount they need of proteins and fats, as well as vegetable fibers.
Correct amount of food
Manufacturers of commercial pond fish food often make dosage indications, based on the size of the fish and their quantity.
These doses are recommended, but they do not have to be the ones we use, although they will serve as guidance.
The important thing is that we give them enough that they can eat in a few minutes , without ending up sinking to the bottom of the pond .
As in aquariums, ponds can also be attacked by algae , and the remains of decomposing food favor their appearance.
How many times should we feed them
Once a day will be enough, but it is important that we respect the hours in which we feed them.
Fish are like any other pet, they have their routines, and the time to feed them is one more.
In order for all the fish to have the opportunity to access the food, we must spread the food around the pond.
If we concentrate it in a single point, they will all have to fight to reach it and it is possible that some will not eat, so that the remains end up at the bottom (where they will not eat it).
Types of food for pond fish: flakes, granules, tablets …
The most common pond fish are kites or carp, but other bottom varieties can also be used, as long as they are able to withstand the typical temperature changes of ponds outside.
Depending on the fish we have, we must provide them with their proper food, in its correct format.
Fish that tend to eat on the surface (goldfish, carp …) should be fed with floating flakes or granules , while those on the bottom, need tablets or tablets that sink quickly.
Other fish food options