Pond fish and aquarium fish are very different. Regular aquarium fish and Koi are very different. You must keep these differences in mind when picking out a fish food that is best suited for your Koi. Koi are specifically designed for their bright colors and for outdoor ponds. So their food requirements and the nutritional profile that they're looking for is very different from an indoor aquarium fish of different coloring or a tropical fish
There are two factors that you need to keep in mind when picking out the right Koi food:
Digestibility and Floating ability.
Digestibility is important in a pond environment because undigested food can lead to bio-organic residue in the pond that might burden the filters and impact the pH level and also the level of the microorganisms in the water. If your pond has a weak pumper filtration system and there's a lot of undigested food in the water, this might tip the balance of the organism in your pond and cause possible health issues for your fish. So a digestible Koi pellet is important because it minimizes bio-hazards such as undigested food. It also helps along the biological process of turning food pellet into digestive wastes which then gets turned into nitrites by bacteria and subsequently turned into nitrates that is absorbed by your plants so it helps in the nitrogen cycle of your pond.
The other criteria to keep in mind is that the pellet must float long enough so that the Koi can see it and feed on it. This factor is sometimes considered an afterthought by other Koi food makers where the pellets sink quickly into the bottom of the pond. Again, undigested food, or in this case whole food sinking at the bottom of the pond,may cause problems in the nitrogen cycle of the water.
The Kaytee Koi’s choice premium fish food pellets from Pet Store
have both of these key considerations in mind on its formulation. Not only does it have the proper nutritional profile for Koi so that your Koi could have excellent color, good health, long life and optimal growth, these pellets are also highly digestible so there is less undigested debris on your pond's floor. Kaytee Koi's choice premium fish food pellets is also created to float longer. It has long enough float time so your Koi can enjoy this food and it gets digested and processed correctly. A long float time also ensures that you save money on fish food because you are sure they eat the pellets, so you spend less money on throwing food at your fish.
- The pellets are approximately 3/32in diameter.
- Guaranteed Analysis % Crude Protein (Minimum) 35 Crude Fat (Minimum) 5 Moisture (Maximum) 12 Crude Fiber (Maximum) 4 Ash (Maximum) 10 Phosphorus (Minimum) 0.10
Kaytee Koi`s Choice Premium Fish Food Pellets (25 lbs.)Kaytee Koi`s Choice Premium Fish Food Pellets (10 lbs.) Kaytee Koi Choice Premium Fish Pellets are a complete fish diet for koi, goldfish and other pond fish. The pellets are a highly digestible, floating food that is suitable for all seasons. It provides necessary animal and vegetable proteins, and essential nutrients required for excellent growth, color, health and longevity of your pond fish