Koi will eat both animal and vegetable matter which makes them
omnivorous. They do not have stomachs so they can not eat a
large amount of food at one time. This is the reason Koi
spend a great deal of time foraging around for food. They will
actually eat just about anything that is small enough for them to
The actual hand-feeding
process can be pleasurable for both you and your Koi.
Instead of throwing the food into the pond, take the time to place
the food into the water at the same area daily.
In so doing, the Koi will become accustomed to the routine and
will, over time, become friendly and trusting enough to be
hand-fed. Koi have even been known to recognize there
owners' footsteps and follow them around the waters edge.
Taming and training your Koi is a gradual process,
but it can be very rewarding. Spending this time with your Koi
will also allow you to observe any problems early on.
Many Koi owners do not realize the importance of feeding.
Not only must consideration be given to the amount and time of
feeding, but to the combinations of foods that are essential for
healthy and colorful Koi.
Koi food can be divided into proteins, fats, carbohydrates,
vitamins and minerals.