You can feed koi fish their fish food and almost anything you can eat. Shrimp, fruit, vegetables, anything that isn’t high in carbohydrates. Bread and foods like that are hard on your fish’s stomachs. Koi fish also eat insects, algae, and plants.
“Well this will make snack time easier and a lot more fun,” Gary half-jokes (the other half of him is serious).
“It also says here not to feed them anything we catch. It could have a disease or something that could hurt our fish,” Sandy continues.
Some popular choices for what people feed koi fish include:
- Spirulina Algae
- Wheat Germ
- Brine Shrimp
“Algae? Germs?! Brine?! What kind of weird food are these people feeding their fish?” Gary asks in concern.
Spirulina Algae can help your fish by boosting their immune system, improving their digestion, bring out better coloration, and more.
Wheat germ can help your fish grow faster and is a natural source of vitamin E. Vitamin E improves blood circulation, increases oxygen and nutrient flow, helps promote balanced growth, and aids in fighting off disease.
Brine shrimp not only feed your fish but they help filter your pond water too. As they are eaten by your fish the nutrients they ate pass on to the fish.
“See, these are what we can feed koi fish that’s good for them,” Sandy assures Gary.
If you buy fish pellets please get food pellets that are the right size for your fish. Small and baby koi prefer flake fish food, the smallest form. Pellets are good for the average-size koi while larger koi prefer bars of fish food. Most have plenty of proteins, a small number of fats, and the essential vitamins & nutrients.
A better-suited size means your fish can digest it better, making for healthier fish that can grow to their proper size.
Other foods you can feed them include:
“Wow, they’re basically like small, underwater goats,” Gary observes. “They’ll eat just about anything!”
Sharon can’t help but chuckles at his comparison. “Now, what did you find out about how often you feed koi fish and how to feed koi fish?