Fish do not have to be fed provided you do not overstock your
pond. They will live off of the algae, insects and other miscellaneous
food that the environment provides. Many pond owners never feed their
fish and enjoy very healthy active fish. Don't worry if the fish are
hungry. Mother nature will take care of them. Feeding your fish,
however, can be a relaxing break in your daily routine. Fish can be fed
one to three times daily. Be careful not to over feed your fish. Only
feed the fish amounts that they consume within a few minutes. STOP
feeding if you notice the fish are done eating or food is entering the
skimmer. Excess food that is not eaten by the fish will decompose in the
pond and may cause poor water quality. New fish sometimes take a few
weeks to begin eating.
If you live in colder climates, monitor your water temperature during
the fall and spring. When the water temperature drops below 50 degrees
Fahrenheit Stop feeding your fish! During this time of the year your
fish will become dormant. Their respiration, metabolism, and overall
activity slows down as they prepare for their winter hibernation.
Feeding your fish this time of year can cause your fish to become sick
If they don't want to feed them, they don't have to ( although
it's rare that a customer doesn't feed them). Please understand that the
right number of fish actually contribute to the pond's ecosystem and
reduce pond maintenance. Fish act as part of the food chain in a pond,
eating insects and algae. Their waste fertilizes the plants and
contributes to increased lily blooms. Beneficial bacteria also use fish
nutrients as a food source. People worry about bringing their fish in
for the winter not realizing it's natural to leave them outside- year
Fish are truly fantastic pets. They come in many different
shapes and colors, and ever fish has its own unique personality. Don't
deny yourself the joy of having fish.( People think of their fish as
pets. They all have their own unique personality and most customers name
Fish truly are a wonderful aspect of water gardening. As a pond
owner, I agree but there are many other qualities to enjoy!
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"HELPING TO CHANGE THE WAY THE WORLD BUILDS PONDS.
> I live in the UK and a couple of weeks ago the water temperature in my pond
> dropped below 50 degrees so I gradually stopped feeding my goldfish (I was
> feeding them food which contained wheatgerm). It has been around 42 degrees
> for the past few days and I feel so guilty when I go to look in the pond as
> my fish immediately swim up to the edge (I know that they are not interested
> in looking at me - they want food!). It makes me not want to go and look
> in. I have only had the pond since this summer and the 9 fish have been in
> there (720 gallons) since the last week of September. They range in size
> from 2 to 4 inches. There are plenty of oxygenators on the bottom for them
> to nibble at.
> I feel so mean but I mustn't give in and feed them must I ????????
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