Pond FoodThere are a lot of different types of fish food on the market and the choice can seem confusing. So what should you feed your fish and when?

Firstly, you should only feed your fish when the water temperature rises above 4ºc. Below this temperature, your fish won’t want to eat and their metabolism will be so low that they would not digest any food consumed. Any food offered would probably only remain uneaten and sink to the bottom where it will decompose and contaminate your water.

Once temperatures rise above this point, you need to decide which type of food to use. There are several different types of food available: –

Wheatgerm Food

When your pond water is above 4ºc but below 10ºc you should feed your fish wheatgerm food. This is because in colder weather, your fish have a slower metabolism and wheatgerm food is much easier for them to digest at this time than other types of food. They will be able to extract nearly all of the goodness from the food with the minimum of waste and so reducing pollution.

Pond Sticks

Once the temperature in your pond is over 10ºc then you can feed other types of food. Pond sticks float on the surface of the water and will provide your fish with all the goodness it needs to stay healthy. You can also buy pond sticks which are specially formulated for koi carp.

Sinking Food

This type of food sinks to the bottom of the pond and is designed for bottom-feeding fish such as tench, sterlet and sturgeon.

Pond Flakes

This type of floating food is delicate and breaks down easily. Smaller and more fussy fish can nibble at it.

Growth Food

This is designed to help in boosting the growth of your fish. It is a floating food which should be fed only in summer. It usually contains spirulina to enhance the colour of fish.

See all of the foods available in our pond food page.