Goldfish foods


Interpet silver Koi book -steve hickling.

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By Steve Hickling, Mick Martin, Bernice Brewster and Nick Fletcher.

A colourful and comprehensive celebration of these beautiful ornamental fish.

Back Cover info - "Throughout this major new publication, the authors - all experts in their own fields - have delved deeper than in any other equivalent book. The result is that the facts are not only clearly explained but are backed up with the relevant scientific reasoning so the reader can truly understand the whole picture. This applies as much to the biological and chemical processes involved in maintaining water quality as it does to the protein content of the best foods to keep Koi healthy and growing. This valuable resource of information is illustrated with the finest colour photographs and computer graphics that reveal the working principles of filters and other equipment in stunning quality. The hobby has changed markedly over the past tweny years and this book reflects current thinking and the latest technical advances"

Feeding your fish

 Goldfish and carp are cold blooded and their metabolism is controlled via water temperature. The colder it is the slower they move. So start feeding your fish gradually, usually from middle to end of February.

Sturgeons and sterlets usually feed all winter long so don’t forget them, use sinking pellets..

As the weather changes and becomes warmer, fish usually rise to the surface layers looking for food. The usual temperature to start feeding is above 48°f. or 9°c.

Use a reliable thermometer.


Your first feed of the year should be either a good quality wheatgerm stick or pellet. Koi sticks or Koi pellets should only be fed from mid-April onwards. High protein feed does not digest easily and passes straight through the fishes system. Uneaten fish food will simply lead to pollution and poor water quality.

Feed only as much food as will be eaten in around 15 to 30 minutes. Net off excess and discard.

Top tips. Always feed floating foods as sinking pellets cannot be monitored as easily.

Quick tip. Feed better quality food = less waste = less filter cleaning = healthier fish.