Koi ponds are an eye-catching and relaxing addition to a variety of settings. They are often featured in the yards of homes, outside restaurants, or even inside office buildings for an extra special allure. They are very different from owning a typical fish tank and must be fed differently from fish tank fish. Choosing a quality koi food ensures the health of your koi fish population and can even produce optimal color saturation for happy, healthy, and brightly vivid fish. Some of the more well-known brands of koi food include Dainichi, Hikari, and Tetra. Each brand offers differing varieties and benefits to help you achieve the particular aesthetic goals that you have for your koi pond.
Dainichi koi food comes in four varieties: All-Season, Color Intensifier, Growth Plus, and Premium. Each formula contains calcium montmorillonite clay. This ingredient provides over 60 mineral compounds, which enhance digestion, boost growth, neutralize metabolic toxins, and help stabilize the chemical composition of the water. After it is cooked, Dainichi food is coated with a vitamin and mineral mixture so that the heat does not affect the potency of the nutrients. This enrichment method is optimal in building up and maintaining the immune system. Dainichi also prides itself on the avoidance of using low-quality fillers, like alfalfa, corn, and other grains, and superfluous starches. The result is a nutritious food with a high protein content that is easily digestible.
All-Season is an easily digestible mixture of proteins and vegetables. It is a great year-round food as it is effortlessly broken down even in cooler weather when the fish’s metabolic rate is slowed. During warmer months, it is recommended as a supplement to another variety with more protein. Color Intensifier contains a high concentration of raw, unaltered ingredients that act as natural color enhancers. If you are more concerned with your fish reaching their maximum size potential, Growth Plus is the formula for you. It has a 44 percent crude protein content and leaves out most color enhancers, avoiding wasted energy on color output so that nutrients are converted more efficiently and directly into size. Premium is formulated for an optimal balance between show-quality color and growth.
Hikari offers an extensive range of koi and other pond fish feeding products. Economy is an affordable diet for pond life. Excel is a color-enhancing and skin-conditioning formula. Gold is higher-protein content color maximizing formula, while Spirulina focuses more diligently on color saturation. Hi-Growth is their size and weight maximizing formula. Staple is Hikari’s most highly recommended variety as a daily foundation for a healthy koi fish diet. Wheatgerm is a year-round, easily digestible diet that is also said to improve the fertility of pond fish. The Saki-Hikari line has been the preferred fish food of the top competitors in the All Japan Koi Show since 2003.
Tetra’s line of TetraPond foods focus on the coloration, growth, nutrition, and minimal waste in koi and goldfish ponds. The complete line includes Flaked Fish Food, Koi Growth, Koi Vibrance, Pond Sticks, Spring and Fall Diet, Vacation Food, and Variety Blend. Flaked Fish Food is easier for smaller fish to digest, keeping the water clear. Koi Growth and Koi Vibrance are formulated especially for optimal size and coloration, respectively. Pond Sticks are a suitable daily feeder for temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The Spring and Fall Diet uses wheatgerm to help fish transition smoothly in and out of the cold winter months and is ideal for when water temperatures remain consistently between 39 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Vacation Food is a block of food that is slowly released over a period of seven days so that your fish are taken care of even when you are away. Variety Blend is a combination of Koi Vibrance, Pond Sticks, and Wheatgerm sticks so that your fish get the benefits of each type while enjoying a variety of flavors and textures.