• Homemade Koi Food and Snacks


    • Feed fish live foods, especially during the hot summer months when they require higher amounts of protein.
      There is no need to purchase fish food when you may be able to find a snack they will love right in your own yard. Collect earthworms from the soil in your yard for a high protean snack. Keep the worms in a bucket with some dirt and you will have a supply of supplements that will be sure to get the fish's attention. Koi also enjoy clams and prawns. However, these live foods may be expensive to acquire.

    Snacks From The Kitchen

    • There are several foods that you may already have in your pantry that koi will enjoy eating. Feed the fish small torn pieces of whole grain "brown" breads. White bread is not recommended for koi.
      Microwave a sweet potato for five minutes and peel the skin off. Cut the potato into small pieces and use it as a snack for koi. Once they get a taste, they will likely gather when they see you coming.

    Paste Recipe

    • Koi are primarily bottom feeding fish. Blended paste foods that sink to the bottom of the pond can be made at home easily.
      Combine 12 canned sardines, two pounds of shrimp, two cups of cooked rice, six garlic cloves and a cup of orange juice in a blender and pulse to chop into small pieces. Mix in gelatin and pulse to form a paste.
      You can use this paste to hand feed your koi, or drop it in the water and it will make its way to the bottom.
    • Posted by goodkarma_ gardenweb.com May 22

      1 cup fish (large tilapia filet, cod, ect) 1/2 cup shrimp tails removed
      shrimp tails (baked or set in hot pan until crunchy)
      Optional- 4 sea weed wraps ( aka Nori- in the Sushi or oriental isle of supermarket)
      1/4 cup broccoli (1/2 cup if not using sea weed)
      Optional- 1/4 cup carrots for color enhancement
      2 tablespoons brewers yeast
      1/4 cup spirilina (pet food disks have stabilized Vitamin C so I prefer that type)
      Optional -1/4 cup dried krill
      1 egg
      1 cup wheat germ (or substitute with wheat flour)
      1/2 cup flour
      1 tsp garlic
      Using a chopper chop up the spirilina, sea weed, krill, brewers yeast,garlic and shrimp tails. Set aside.
      Chop up fish, shrimp and mix in egg. Add to dry ingredients.
      Chop up broccoli and carrots and add to mix.
      Add wheat germ and flour. Mix to a slightly doughy mix- should only take a minute.
      Spray non stick cooking spray on baking sheet and place mixture in flat patties on sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes. Cool. May freeze.
      Fish go nuts for this stuff.

    Tips For Feeding Koi

    • Koi have special feeding requirements that anyone planning to start a koi pond should know.
      Feed your koi two or three times a day during times when the water is warm. Be cautious about the amount you feed them, as they should only be allowed to eat for a few minutes. They will continue to eat as long as you give them food, so don't over do it.
      If you are purchasing prepared food from a pet store, use only the type designed specifically for koi. Products designed for other species may not be healthy for your fish.
      Do not get in a rut with feeding. Koi should have variety in their diet. Remember to feed your fish every day when the weather is warm, but feeding frequency should be reduced by at least half when water temperatures drop below 50 degrees.
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