How to Feed Koi

Feeding a koi is easy, while doing so is fun and relaxing. Here's how to do it.


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    Take the temperature of the water your koi is living in. Because koi only eat certain foods in certain temperature.
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    If the water is under 70 °F (21 °C), feed it once per day or every other day. When the temp lowers to 63 Fahrenheit or lower, feed it every other day. Another option is to feed it a cereal-based diet because cereal breaks down quickly.
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    In warm water, Koi under 8 inches (20.3 cm) in length should eat around 5 percent of their own body weight, while koi over eight inches in length should only eat around two percent of their own body weight.
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    Provide the nutrition your fish need. A healthy koi often have brighter colors than a malnourished one. While your koi can't just live on live food alone, your koi should enjoy the treats now and then. There are earthworms, which is the favorite of koi, prawns or cockles.
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    Use koi food in pellet form for their main diet. While koi eat everything you gave them, most aren't nutritional and can harm them.


  • If you have cats in your neighborhood, you can put a net over your koi pond.
  • Care for your koi and feed them live treats from time to time. They'll like it!
  • Ask a koi expert for some more info.
  • Another option is to make a small fence around the pond that you can open up when it's time to feed the koi.


  • Beware of cats around your pond, chase them away!

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