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Cool Water? Feed Your Fish a Spring & Fall Fish Food

Water temperatures in most ponds are still quite cool, so it is best to feed a wheat germ based food, often referred to as spring & fall fish food / cold water fish food to your koi and goldfish. Why feed a wheat germ food you may ask? Wheat germ is easily digested by koi and goldfish. In colder water, koi and goldfish’s metabolisms are slow and they have a hard time digesting the rich proteins found in summer foods. As a result, they don’t absorb as many nutrients from the food and they produce more waste which can lead to water quality issues. Feeding a wheat germ based food allows fish to properly digest the food and in turn produce less waste. So check, your water temperature and feed a quality Spring and Fall fish food between 9°C/48°F and 18°C/65°F, then gradually switch over to your favourite summer food.

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Graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. (Hons) Marine Biology. With over 30 years experience in the aquarium / pond industry, his passion for fish includes ponds, marine aquariums and water features of all sizes. Previous work includes Ripley’s Aquarium, the Toronto Zoo, Bass Pro Shops, Rainforest Cafe and the National Museum of Kenya.

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