How do I make fish eat?

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Brian, May 3, 2011.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    We had about 22 goldfish and ghost koi in our pond last year but we seem to
    have lost a lot to the big freeze and I've only seen 6 up to now. The pond
    has been established for about 10 years and we never feed the fish over the
    winter - there's plenty of live crawly-type things in there if they get
    hungry :)

    Anyway, now that the warmer weather is here I was expecting to see the fish
    swimming around and I've bought a new tub of fish flakes in readiness of
    feeding them (they never liked pellets for some reason, only flakes, but
    that's a different story). I know that they're in there because I saw them
    flitting about when I was getting some debris out of the pond, but they
    don't appear to want to be seen anymore - spent 3 hours sitting by the pond
    and never saw one of them.

    I don't want to just throw flakes in and hope they eat them because that
    causes problems if they don't eat it and it rots down, but I don't want them
    to get hungry enough that they start to see the tadpoles and froglets as a
    food source. Plus, of course, we just like to see them. So, how can I get
    them to come and show themselves and to feed as they have done for years
    Brian, May 3, 2011
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    Pat Guest

    "Brian" wrote in message
    They are probably scared. You may have a predator working your pond.
    Pat, May 4, 2011
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  3. Sounds as though they may be scared. Could you have had a predator
    visit? Especially likely if they have been in the habit of coming to
    you when you approach the pond (thinking you will feed them). If they
    are scared, it may take a few days before they show themselves.

    What is your water temp? They don't eat much if it is too cold...and
    they will eat when it is still too cold for them to digest the food
    well. I think most folk look for the mid-fifties before feeding.
    Phyllis and Jim, May 4, 2011
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    Dave Simpson Guest

    Thanks folks. Rigged up a webcam and it appears that one of the
    neighbourhood cats has been drinking the pondwater, maybe even hoping for a
    snack as well as a drink!
    Dave Simpson, May 5, 2011
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