Thursday, 20 September 2012

Koi Meals - Is It Safe to Nourish Koi in the Winter time Months

Many people recommend not offering koi below a certain heat range, usually around 50°F, the reasoning to this is that the fat burning capacity of the koi decreases as temperature ranges fall, enough time taken for food to be consumed is longer and possibly can cause to illnesses as the meals can corrosion inside the koi's gut before being consumed.

The fact is that koi will not feed if the heat range is to low, in other terms they will self control, on the whole, you should feed koi as much food as they will eat in around five minutes. The hotter the elements the more they will eat, in the size of summer you could feed them per hour and they will use anything you feed them, but as the chilly climate comes around take some care as to what type of food you use and how often you feed.

It is a wise decision as the temperature ranges awesome down to improve the types of food you feed, for this reason I would use a lake temperature gauge to figure out the lake heat range, below 60°F I would recommend offering a 'winter feed' these generally are wheatgerm based and are much faster and easier for the koi to process, I would normally only feed once a day (usually in the morning hours and about as much as they will eat in 5mins), above 60°F I would usually use a frequent eating plan and above 70°F you could feed a higher proteins eating plan to put some excess weight on the seafood to help them through the chillier several weeks.

Make sure not to over feed at any season, uneaten food will impact water quality and be damaging to seafood wellness.

The benefits of offering for as long as possible is that your seafood will be more powerful and better, springtime and fall can be the most traumatic times of season for koi, they like constant circumstances in which to live and varying heat range shifts can cause to episodes of illness if seafood are poor. During springtime and fall koi defense mechanisms is at its poorest, episodes of harmful parasites a particularly common at this season, parasites and harmful parasites which are always in the lake atmosphere become effective faster than the seafood making any poor seafood particularly susceptible to pest infestations which can be difficult to cure in cold.

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Mark Huyton is a eager koi owner, having kept koi for over 20 decades he started out a retail store device in the delayed 1990's offering a variety of koi which he brought in immediate from Asia, With a prosperity of knowledge designed up over the decades he is more than satisfied to complete on his experience and help other koi owners when ever he can.

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