Welcome to Koi Forum. Is this your first visit? Register
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Senior Member Rank = Supreme Champion Ajm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Durham
    Posts
    11,349
    Thanks / Likes
    21305

    Koi are like kids at meal time !!

    My koi are spoilt kids at meal times !! I offer them SH feeds more expensive than my own food bill ! And they now turn their nose away at it and SMASH the cheap nasty sturgeon food !! Bloody fish ! Lol . Any one have any ways around this please?

    Sent from my SM-S918B using Tapatalk


    Freddyboy the legend

    "we are water keepers first"

    Johnathan

  2. Thanks davethefish1, Maddog1, g mac, Twhitenosugar Thanked / Liked this Post
  3. #2
    Senior Member Rank = Supreme Champion davethefish1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Bedworth
    Posts
    6,044
    Thanks / Likes
    12078
    if you had been eating protein shakes, raw veg, and fruit for over a year for a muscular ripped body. (saki hikari)

    would you not go nuts over a big mac (halibut pellets)

    i feed them as much fresh fruit as food this time of year, oranges, melon ect... it's all easily digestable fibre.

  4. Thanks Maddog1, Ajm Thanked / Liked this Post
  5. #3
    Senior Member Rank = Supreme Champion Ajm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Durham
    Posts
    11,349
    Thanks / Likes
    21305
    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    if you had been eating protein shakes, raw veg, and fruit for over a year for a muscular ripped body. (saki hikari)

    would you not go nuts over a big mac (halibut pellets)

    i feed them as much fresh fruit as food this time of year, oranges, melon ect... it's all easily digestable fibre.
    Aye ya not wrong like definitely a good way to explain that one ! Lol . Even turned away from prawns and meal worms!!!!

    Sent from my SM-S918B using Tapatalk
    Freddyboy the legend

    "we are water keepers first"

    Johnathan

  6. Thanks davethefish1, Maddog1 Thanked / Liked this Post
  7. #4
    Senior Member Rank = Supreme Champion davethefish1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Bedworth
    Posts
    6,044
    Thanks / Likes
    12078
    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Aye ya not wrong like definitely a good way to explain that one ! Lol . Even turned away from prawns and meal worms!!!!

    Sent from my SM-S918B using Tapatalk
    mealworms got to be like pork scratchings to koi!
    Last edited by davethefish1; 23-02-2024 at 04:12 PM.

  8. Thanks Ajm, Maddog1, g mac Thanked / Liked this Post
  9. #5
    Senior Member Rank = Adult Champion Alburglar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Dover Kent
    Posts
    1,601
    Thanks / Likes
    2149
    If you need to distract them to get some pellets in the sturgeon, mine love calciworms (same effect as mealworms but without the Koi tax) and brown bread.
    2660 Gallons. 4" Bottom Drain and Skimmer. Draco Solum 16 Drum. Anoxic Filtration. Air lift returns.

  10. Thanks Ajm, davethefish1 Thanked / Liked this Post
  11. #6
    Senior Member Rank = Adult Champion Twhitenosugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    1,956
    Thanks / Likes
    3133
    I feed koi food first and try and get them to fill up on that before feeding sturgeon pellets. But this can mean feeding can take about 15 minutes. So not ideal if you are in a rush.

    You could try feeding at night, as the sturgeon are more active then. But I suspect the koi are demolishing the pellets anyway but I can't see them do it.

    Some people have recommended dropping sturgeon pellets down a bit of pipe in the pond. That way the koi can't intercept them as they fall through the water column. But I'm sure they'd soon associate the pipe with food so would only work for a short time.

    The other thing I try to do is put the koi food in at one end, wait a bit so they're near/at the surface and quietly drop a few sturgeon pellets in an opposite corner. I find doing this means the koi are less likely to intercept the sturgeon pellets on the way down.

    Sent from my Pixel 8 using Tapatalk
    13,000L fibreglassed raised pond with window

  12. Thanks Ajm, davethefish1 Thanked / Liked this Post
  13. #7
    Senior Member Rank = Supreme Champion Ajm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Durham
    Posts
    11,349
    Thanks / Likes
    21305
    Quote Originally Posted by Twhitenosugar View Post
    I feed koi food first and try and get them to fill up on that before feeding sturgeon pellets. But this can mean feeding can take about 15 minutes. So not ideal if you are in a rush.

    You could try feeding at night, as the sturgeon are more active then. But I suspect the koi are demolishing the pellets anyway but I can't see them do it.

    Some people have recommended dropping sturgeon pellets down a bit of pipe in the pond. That way the koi can't intercept them as they fall through the water column. But I'm sure they'd soon associate the pipe with food so would only work for a short time.

    The other thing I try to do is put the koi food in at one end, wait a bit so they're near/at the surface and quietly drop a few sturgeon pellets in an opposite corner. I find doing this means the koi are less likely to intercept the sturgeon pellets on the way down.

    Sent from my Pixel 8 using Tapatalk
    Cheers mate give it all a go and see what happens . Think I could get the big one to hand feed without much trouble but the little one is always on the floor!

    Sent from my SM-S918B using Tapatalk
    Freddyboy the legend

    "we are water keepers first"

    Johnathan

  14. Thanks Twhitenosugar, davethefish1 Thanked / Liked this Post
  15. #8
    Senior Member Rank = Adult Champion Twhitenosugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    1,956
    Thanks / Likes
    3133
    Yeah it is tricky to get food to a specific fish when there are loads of other ravenous fish.

    If you can get one to hand feed one that certainly helps. I'm in the same position. My large Siberian will aggressively feed from my hand, yet my smaller diamond back rarely comes up to near the surface.

    In the summer it's less of an issue because if you slightly over feed this leaves more pellets on the pond floor to eventually be found by the shy fish.

    But in the winter it's tricky as the sturgeon still need feeding but the koi just get big flabby guts from all the sturgeon food (but annoyingly won't grow in length), so you need to really hold back from feeding too much.

    Good luck with it!

    Sent from my Pixel 8 using Tapatalk
    13,000L fibreglassed raised pond with window

  16. Thanks Ajm, davethefish1 Thanked / Liked this Post
 

 

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:03 PM. Online Koi Mag Forum
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.3
Copyright © 2024 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.

vBulletin Improved By vBFoster® (Lite Version), © UltimateScheme, Ltd.