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    Smile what food for my larger KOI

    I have been feeding my small Koi with Tetra Wheatgerm pellets over the winter. I have just got 2 larger KOI (2 foot) and think the Tetra Pellets are too small for them.
    Can anyone recommend a good general food for them during the warmer months ahead? As a treat I have given them some brown bread which they enjoy, and have just read that mealworms can be used as well - are these the same as the dried mealworms I feed the birds? Any general advice on feeding would be appreciated.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Selina127 View Post
    I have been feeding my small Koi with Tetra Wheatgerm pellets over the winter. I have just got 2 larger KOI (2 foot) and think the Tetra Pellets are too small for them.
    Can anyone recommend a good general food for them during the warmer months ahead? As a treat I have given them some brown bread which they enjoy, and have just read that mealworms can be used as well - are these the same as the dried mealworms I feed the birds? Any general advice on feeding would be appreciated.
    Yes the dried mealworm can be fed to birds as well. That's what I give my fish.
    On the size of pellets I don t think it matters. Just add more of them. I buy small. For my grow ons. And the larger fish in the main pond get them as well.

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    Feed a pellet size for the smallest fish the bigger ones will eat the same.

    I get mine from Queni koi be it Coppens a general all rounder is fine.
    Mealworms for birds is fine as Fred said,you can get a tub at BandM for 5.
    As you say they enjoy brown bread,cooked mussels or prawns,dried shrimps etc.

    I get a big bag of frozen cooked mussels from Asda for under 3 and they go mad for them,obviously defrost first.
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    Thanks for your suggestions. I have just checked and have 2 big tubs of Tetra pellets - obviously were on offer so bought 2. I also have 3 smaller tubs and 2 lots of round smaller pellets for the tiddlers.
    Thought I needed to buy some food while I could still get out - not on full lockdown yet but can't have the fish going hungry! Hope ASDA haven't sold out of mussels as they have sold out of pretty much everything else.

    Final question - do I have to presoak the dried mealworms or feed them as they are in the packet? They look very crispy and dry, I soak them for the birds.

    Really love my new fish and I've only had them a week. I'll post some photo's soon.

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    No need to soak the mealworms,but for the little koi crush them a bit in your first and just give six or so to start with till they get used to them.

    Asda had plenty of mussels in yesterday by me.
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    Agree with john I just throw them in dry.
    I don t pre soak. And crush for smaller fish.


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    These are my two new additions. They like the seafood selection but not keen yet on the mealworms. My pond is still murky but water parameters are good.

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    They will get used to the mealworms,nice additions.
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    Nice additions.

    Once they get the taste of mealworms they'll love them. If they're new additions it might take a while for them to become fully tame.

    One of mine is quite shy and jittery, but loses all inhibitions when mealworms go in. If he ever turned down mealworms I'd know something was very wrong!

    Obviously until temps are over 14C don't feed more than once a day. With temps under 10C a lot of people don't feed at all. I feed down to 8C but only if the Koi are asking for food. I don't feed at all below 8C except for live food once a week or so.

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