Tips for Feeding Fish in Summer
15 Jul 2021 Ponds
Whether you own a swim pond or ecosystem pond, fish can be added to enhance the natural beauty and appeal. One of the main benefits of pond ownership is watching your fish swim to the surface during feeding time. Though feeding appears to be a simple and straightforward process, there are many aspects to keep in mind to ensure optimal health for your fish and your pond. As experts in ecosystem ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features understands the challenges of feeding fish. That is why their team has compiled a list of tips for feeding fish in summer to keep them healthy and thriving.
4 Tips for Feeding Koi and Other Pond Fish in Summer
To ensure that your fish are properly fed during summer, consider the following tips:
1. Use High-Quality Food
When purchasing food, it should be noted that not all fish food is equal. Food with an abundance of fillers and artificial ingredients will not be fully digested by fish, leading to excess waste that can disrupt the balance of your pond. When choosing fish food, look for products that feature a high level of fish, squid, or shrimp protein content. These products are easy for fish to digest and minimize the amount of waste produced.
2. Store Your Fish Food Properly
To ensure that your fish food stays fresh and effective, it is important to ensure that it is stored properly throughout the season. Bags of fish food should be stored in a refrigerator and kept out of freezers as extremely cold temperatures can compromise the ingredients. If your food starts to smell odd, develop fuzz, change colour, or stick together, it should be discarded and kept out of your pond.
3. Do Not Overfeed Your Fish
As a general rule, you should not feed your fish more than they can eat in 5 minutes. Most fish can consume everything they need in this timeframe, so feeding them more can result in excess waste. It is also worth remembering that you do not need to feed your fish every day as they can eat algae and other beneficial bacteria off rocks in your pond.
4. Establish a Routine Feeding Schedule
A regular feeding schedule is the best way to ensure optimal health for your fish and your pond. Consistent feeding can become a routine for both you and your fish, making the process easier and less time consuming. This schedule will also help to ensure that your fish are not forgotten or overfed by another member of your household.
To learn more about adding fish to your pond or to inquire about installing a water feature in your yard, get in touch with the team. Fontana Ponds & Water Features can be reached through their online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.