Discussion in 'Fish & Koi Talk' started by Rajesh, Nov 14, 2017.
particularly shubunkin goldfish.
I am not sure what's available in India. I presume that's where you want to buy it?
The natural diet of Goldfish is basically the same as that of Carp (Koi)...insects, crustaceans, zooplankton, phytoplankton and sessile algae. The only difference is that Goldfish are termed mid-level feeders whereas Carp (Koi) are bottom-feeders.
I give optimum and boiled veggies.
I will really like to know what different food you feed your fish home made to packed food.
I have all comets. I use Omega One Goldfish Medium Pellets
I've fed mine cheap Wardley's TEN Pond Pellets from Walmart, Blackwater (Max Growth, Color Enhancing, Cool Season) Tetra Pond Spring/Fall wheat germ sticks and dry Kirkland cat food from Costco. They like it all and seem to thrive from it all. I know @callingcolleen1 feeds her koi and goldfish dog food and has for a long time.
The first several yrs I had them I fed them nothing and they survived fine too. They just ate whatever they cold find in the pond, bugs, worms, plant life etc. I have goldfish only. They look mad now when I walk by as they aren't getting fed by me in Winter.
Cat food might be better than Dog food, cat food contains digestive enzymes.
I feed black water creek koi food, omega one medium pellets, hikari saki color enhancing pellets.
I give them soilent green gel food sometimes and sometimes blood worms...
I switch to wheat germ in the fall and spring from black water creek and hikari saki.
Rajesh: "Cat food might be better than Dog food, cat food contains digestive enzymes."
I'm sure it makes huge economical sense to use cat food - but not sure if it makes any other sense.
Not to me anyway. I would think cat food have supplements that fish don't need at best , and might be
even bad for them on a worse scenario. For example chemicals that makes the cat fur shine.
I even try to avoid fish food that claim to boost the fish colours , as I am suspicious of these
supplements and see no reason for it.
My fish are too small to eat dry cat food, I hope its okay as treat for big ones.
If you don’t have good fish food available go online and find some recipes for gel fish food.
Another option is to grow a composite pile with red wiggler worms. India is warm enough to keep these out all year. Every day take some out, cut and wash them then feed them to the goldfish. Red wiggles are very good protein diet for the goldfish and they grow bigger on them cause of the extra protein. They are easier to digest for them than dry food.
We feed our fish worms straight from the garden - nobody gets a bath before they get eaten, though. And we throw them in while they are still wiggling - give 'em a fighting chance. haha!
For koi and single tailed large goldfish sure..
For fancy goldfish you’ll have to cut earthworms from the garden. Red wigglers are smaller. Also using them from a composte pile removes the risk of carrying parasites or viruses in the typical backyard...and saves you having to hunt and waste time looking for worms daily.
I always wonder when people say the worry about parasites and things the backyard... I mean my POND is in the backyard. It's hardy a sterile environment. I had a woman on another site tell me I shouldn't use rain water on my garden because of the risk of e coli from my roof. Because birds and squirrels might poop on my roof. But when I pointed out that birds and squirrels most certainly DO poop directly in my garden and probably right ON my plants, she didn't know what to say. She shared some Rutgers University study that basically said water from a rain barrel is 99.9% safe with a tiny risk of bacteria as her back up.
I'm just not made to worry, I guess.
And your fish are probably overall healthier because of this.
Birds turd in my ponds all the time and fish are fine as water runs non stop all year round.
I feed my fish only the finest quality Puppy Chow, made right here in Alberta. Its super fresh and smells good too. Its made by Origen and Acana dog food. It contains no grains and my dogs love it too. My fish have been eating this food since 2003 and they are all doing great, and live outside here in Canada year round.
I like the puppy chow as it is higher in fat and my fish are never sick and I have never ever lost a KOI. The goldfish eat that food too. My koi are large and have very big mouths and it would be hard for them to eat small pebbles so I give the large koi the Large Breed Puppy chow. I don't listen to anybody try to tell me its bad. My fish are still alive and well and I think the fish food is way over priced and its sits on the self way longer than the fresh dog food. I never keep the dog food for very long as the puppies eat it too, so its always fresh which is good.
People tried to tell me it was bad to run the ponds all winter as the koi would get too cold, that's just crappy information as my koi have been outside in ice cold water since 1991 and I have never lost a single koi ever, while friends of mine who listened to the so call experts have lost many of their koi over the winter and spring months.
Just remember, if most people believe something to be true, its usually proven not to be true.... That is just a fact.
Love those vid's of your ponds @callingcolleen1 and love that Hornwart but just wish it would grow like that in my pond! I did see some left the other day but wonder where all the rest went?
Hi Rajesh. I have traveled to India and I am aware you can buy almost anything your need there because there are about 1.3 billion consumers there. I looked up Amazon India and they have some good choices. I don't know if they deliver to all the provinces, but I'm guessing you may be from Deli or Mumbai where they definitely deliver to. I recommend floating food as this will encourage the behavior of your fish outside to come to the surface where you can see them.
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