When to stop feeding?


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lmao glad you said that! I have loss over 18 lbs chasing our new pup, I am his play toy. Now way down on the BMI scale, almost too light!
that's why you NEED to slow down in the summer--so you can be a dog's play toy in the winter when everyone's cooped up inside! Still, I'm sure you'd not change a thing!

Maybe get dear hubby to make you some cinnamon rolls for all lunches next week! That should help!


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8 C, if my converter is correct, is 46.4 F.
Most stop feeding at 50 F (10 C).

Some don't feed at all, ever, even in the Summer. I think those with koi have to feed, but goldfish, not so much.

Don't worry, the fish can survive on algae, other plants and bugs.
See addy's posts #12 & #16. She hardly feeds at all.

I'm guessing your fish are sending you a signal that they are slowing down, getting ready for winter.

Mine are not feeding much. I threw some food out one morning over the weekend and by late afternoon some of the food was still floating around. During the Summer, that food would have been gone in minutes.
I stopped feeding after that. They are on their own until Spring.

Do you have any plants in the pond?
Thanks for the reassurance- we were so chuffed to have so many babies in the pond’s first year that we are scared of losing them! Yes, we have a number of plants but they are dying back now - I guess they will still graze the root balls….
 

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Thanks for the reassurance- we were so chuffed to have so many babies in the pond’s first year that we are scared of losing them! Yes, we have a number of plants but they are dying back now - I guess they will still graze the root balls….
ya know, when I looked up your word 'chuffed', there were sooooooo many definitions I wondered how you UK folks figure out which you even mean in the moment! I mean, I sorta laughed out loud when I found it can also mean 'breaking wind'...and to associate it with 'churlish' in that you were 'stupid' to have so many babies... :p :p :p



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I sorta laughed out loud when I found it can also mean 'breaking wind'...and to associate it with 'churlish' in that you were 'stupid' to have so many babies... :p :p :p
lol can't always control the babies!
 

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I guess they will still graze the root balls….
I watch the fish snack on algae, roots, hornwort etc all winter. Most of the time they just hang out.

One year, way back in pond beginnings, I figured remove the lilies (had a lot less) put the in the 1000 gallon pond. Before my forest of hornwort and anacharis which now lives in the ponds. When I put the lilies back in the fish went insane cleaning every tiny bit of algae off the plants. I was starving them. After that never cleaned out the pond well before winter.
 

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I watch the fish snack on algae, roots, hornwort etc all winter. Most of the time they just hang out.

One year, way back in pond beginnings, I figured remove the lilies (had a lot less) put the in the 1000 gallon pond. Before my forest of hornwort and anacharis which now lives in the ponds. When I put the lilies back in the fish went insane cleaning every tiny bit of algae off the plants. I was starving them. After that never cleaned out the pond well before winter.
the beginnings of LAP, if I'm not mistaken...!


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NO geez, back then I cleaned the lilies every 4-6 weeks groomed off dead leaves, dead flowers, netted the bottom, fed the fish................now just enjoy and am a LAP!
ahhh, so you EARNED your LAP status; kudos! I thought I had such a good origin story though, sigh...

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I’ve been trying to figure out winter feeding, being a virgin goldfish mumma! I’m in southern England. My biggest goldies are 5-6” with lots of babies from this summer of various sizes. With the most recent frosty mornings they are not interested in food, water temp 7-8degs C, but as the day warms up they then start looking for lunch!! So do I feed or not?? Tried wheat germ but they haven’t gone for that. Confused!!
l feed mine on wheat germ socked in glarlic they love it
 

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