Feeding pond fish in summer

If you don’t have the space for a large aquarium but love the idea of having colourful cichlids, take a look at the dwarf variety.

In the last few weeks, the sun hasn’t just reinvigorated your fish, it’s also reawakened their appetites. We hope you waited to feed your fish until the temperature of the water rose above the 10-15 degrees mark. Because, although fish can eat in lower temperatures, their metabolism is significantly slower then, which means they can’t digest the food properly. This is why you should stop feeding your fish in late autumn.

Even in summer there are a number of things to consider when it comes to feeding fish, as they all have different abilities and preferences. Fish such as koi or golden orfes should be fed with floating food so that you can watch them while they eat. Food sticks take a while to sink, making them the ideal form of food for this purpose.

Food tablets for gudgeons

Some fish such as bitterlings and moderlieschen are more shy than others and can tend to lose out on this type of food, especially when they share a pond with particularly temperamental fish like goldfish. They simply can’t compete with these strong and spirited carp and prefer to stay in the lower areas of the pond. As a result they only get to eat the leftovers that sink to the bottom of the pond. To make sure that these fish get enough to eat too, you should also feed them with flakes, putting them directly into the water. The flakes quickly become saturated with water and then sink, which is perfect for those fish who don’t want to venture to the surface. Food tablets and sturgeon food also sink directly to the pond floor, making them ideal for ensuring that your gudgeons and sturgeon get an adequate amount of nutrients.

Giving them a varied diet

Did you know that even fish like variety? Try giving them something new on a regular basis – many fish see frozen food as a real delicacy, for example. Dried Tubifex, freshwater shrimps or mosquito larvae all float for a long time on the surface of the water where your hungry pond dwellers will happily snap them up.  Frogs, toads, newts and salamander don’t need your help finding food either, as their larvae will find enough micro-organisms in the pond. For themselves, the amphibians collect worms, flies, woodlice, spiders and snails on land.
If you happen to get the feeling that your pets have got an unusually big appetite around this time, you’re not wrong. Because the warmer the weather gets, the hungrier they’ll become. But take care: their increased appetite will result in more bodily waste. If you have a lot of fish in your pond, you will definitely need a good filter system with a strong pump. Otherwise the water will get dirty very quickly and algae will grow at an alarming rate. So if you want to enjoy your pond with clear, unclouded water, you’ll probably need to invest in a good pump.

Shopping tip

We recommend that koi owners use fish food with natural colour enhancers such as carotenoid. This will allow your pets’ red, yellow and orange colours to shine particularly intensely.

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Call into your local store today to discuss your fish’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.

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