Supplementing the Base Diet for Koi
1Include natural pond plants and scraps.Variety is important in a well-rounded diet. While the supplemental diet provides many of the same nutrients found in the base diet, it also provides a variety of other nutrients essential to your koi’s health. To increase variety, feed your koi natural pond plants and food scraps.
- Natural pond plants include ordinary pond algae, as well as other plants like duckweed.
- Vegetable scraps like peas, carrots, spinach, leaf lettuce, and so on, are also a good choice for supplementation.
2Provide shrimp on occasion.Frozen shrimp can be used as a protein supplement. However, they should be used sparingly.
- Some people also provide scraps from fish they have prepared for their own meals as an occasional dietary supplement.
3Add color-enhancing foods.Of course, koi are best-known for their beautiful colors. You can help preserve and enhance their color by feeding them color-enhancing foods every four weeks.
- Look for foods that contain spirulina, shrimp, or krill.
- In the wild, koi eat crayfish, which are high in carotenoids, an important nutrient for enhancing the color red.
4Feed koi live foods.Koi may enjoy eating live foods from time to time, like they do in the wild, as a special treat. This can also be a good way to supplement their base diet.
- Feed koi crustaceans, insect larvae, worms, and aquatic plants.
- Also include live plants to give koi some roughage and added vitamins and minerals.