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Feeding Koi

A Koi's metabolism functions best at temperatures above 70° F.  High protein foods are difficult to digest when the water falls below  65° F.  

However, Koi still need sufficient carbohydrates for energy when water temperatures are low.  This is particularly true for Koi less than 1 year old. 

Squash, bread, peas, citrus fruits, and watermelon are good sources of carbohydrates. Never overfeed your fish! Koi do not have a stomach.  Feed smaller quantities more frequently for better nutritional absorption.  

Feed only as much as the fish will eat in about 3-5 minutes.  Koi pellets should be fresh and used within three months to prevent oxidation of the food.

Water Temp. (°F.)
Feeding Frequency
Less than 50ºF.
Do not feed Koi.
50-55ºF
2-3 times a week if Koi are hungry.
55-59ºF
4-5 times per week if Koi are hungry.
59ºF
Once per day six days per week.
60-65ºF
Once per day every day.
65-72ºF
Once or twice per day.
72-80ºF
3 to 4 times per day.
Feeding Koi


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