FEEDING YOUR POND FISH
Depending on the water temperature, pond ﬁsh have different nutritional requirements and feeding habits. At water temperatures of 50 °F (10 °C) or above, ﬁsh feed up to four times daily, but only as much as they can consume in two minutes. It is better to feed in small portions where everything is eaten, resulting in less waste and pollution.
In winter, when the water temperature drops below 45 °F (7 °C), pond ﬁsh require no food. At below freezing temperatures ﬁsh become dormant.
Never overfeed your ﬁsh. Excess food will pollute the pond water, so only feed amounts that will be completely consumed by your ﬁsh within 2 minutes.
It is important to ensure that you do not feed your ﬁsh too early in the season. Koi and goldﬁsh have trouble digesting food at colder water temperatures. Start feeding when the water temperature reaches 47 ºF (8 ºC). Make sure that you have a good thermometer so you’ll know when it’s time to start feeding.
FEEDING YOUR POND FISH
It is important to feed your pond ﬁsh a high quality diet, like Laguna Premium Koi and Goldﬁsh food, to supplement the natural foods that are found in your pond (such as insects and plant matter). By feeding your ﬁsh a quality food you are ensuring that they are receiving a correctly-balanced diet.
Laguna Goldﬁsh and Koi foods are highly nutritional, easy to digest and contain an ideal combination of vitamins and minerals including stabilized vitamin C which helps improve disease resistance, allowing ﬁsh to live long, healthy lives. As a result of Laguna’s superior formulation, ﬁsh do not require as much food and less waste is produced.
The Laguna feeding station ﬂoats on the surface of the pond conditioning ﬁsh to feed from a pre selected area. This helps prevent over feeding and wasted food. The ring is easily anchored to the side or bottom of the pond.
Observation and daily veriﬁcation of your pond ﬁsh is an important preventative measure. A quick daily check will reveal problems before they become serious.
Aside from a daily check on the health of your ﬁsh the main form of care you will be giving them is their daily feedings. In a pond where there is a good balance of plants, wildlife and ﬁsh there are plenty of natural foods, but in order to ensure that your ﬁsh are receiving a properly balanced diet feed them a good quality ﬁsh food.
Most living organisms can suffer illness at one time or another. The most effective way to deal with this reality is to prevent, rather than wait for a possible problem or symptom. The consequences of having to treat a stocked pond with a medication can be stressful and damaging in itself. Many plants, ﬁsh and helpful bacteria can suffer as a result of using medication. Feeding a quality food and maintaining ideal water conditions will ensure ﬁsh health.
Tips for disease prevention:
• Choose only healthy ﬁsh
• Purchase ﬁsh in limited groups, slowly build ﬁsh populations.
• Follow proper acclimation of new specimens.
• Always condition new water properly. Chlorine, chloramine, and metals are damaging to inhabitants. Use Laguna Water Prep.
• Perform basic water tests and maintenance on a regular basis.
• If a medication has been used, after the treatment is complete, perform additional water changes and use carbon to remove residual traces.
• Supply regular feedings with a high quality diet such as Laguna Goldﬁsh and Koi foods.