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|Fish Type||Goldfish, Koi & Pond Fish||Goldfish, Koi & Pond Fish||Goldfish||Goldfish, Koi & Pond Fish||Goldfish|
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My koi generally seem to love the pond sticks and so I decided to try the transitional diet after many years of pond ownership. They will eat the transitional diet, but not as voraciously as the regular pond sticks. I don't know why, it's just a lighter version. But they may think it's diet food. I think it's good for them, though, I just throw less out than I do in the summer. It may be, too, that they are naturally eating less than they do as we're getting "some" cooler weather. Either way, I think this is a high quality, healthy and well tolerated pond fish food. I recommend.
The days are getting shorter and the temps colder so have switched to this spring/fall food and the koi just love it! And this is a good size so that I can feed during the fall and then again in the spring! So perfect!
We've only had our pond fish for about six months. In that time they've grown well and have been healthy and happy on the Tetra pond flakes. Once the cooler weather came in and our pond temp had gone down to about 60F it was time to get them ready to transition, so we mixed in a half a dozen pellets with the flakes. The idea was that we'd try just a tiny amount so that the change in diet was very slight. Only one goldfish gave a pellet a go, and seemed to struggle with the size and consistency. I broke it up with my fingers--it softens into a kind of gel fairly quickly--and the rest of the fish picked at the softened, broken-up pellets after the flakes were all gone. The next couple of feeding times I snapped the pellets into smaller pieces before adding them to the pond, figuring that would make them easier to handle. Again, I used just a very few pellets--maybe three or four--and also offered their usual flakes too. This time the goldfish that had tried the pellet the day before wouldn't have anything to do with it, and none of the other five seemed to want to try either. It did disappear by the next morning, though I couldn't be sure if the fish got it, or snails, or some other pond life. After talking with our pond supplies retailer, they suggested that we just stop feeding them flake, let them graze naturally, and watch for signs of weight loss or loss of condition. They also said that the pellets were probably too bulky for our size fish. If the spring and fall food was offered as a flake, I might try that in the future, but the pellets were all wrong for our young fish. The largest is about four inches long, and he wouldn't even try it. The goldfish that did try is about 3 or 3 1/4 inches long, and there was a lot of spitting and worrying at it before he finally got it down. After he swallowed it, he was still spitting for quite a while afterward. Honestly I was a little worried, but he was (and still is) fine. So far they seem happy, and none of them are losing weight. Hopefully we'll have a nice and easy transition into winter and they'll make it through to spring okay. For context: Although I've had both saltwater and fresh water aquariums for years at a time over the course of my lifetime, this is my first foray into pond fish and I've been doing my best to follow expert advice as well as the advice offered by manufacturers on labels. That's the real reason I'm giving two stars for this product. It says on the label that it's for all sizes of koi and goldfish. I don't think that's true in the case of goldfish, unless they mean goldfish larger than mine. I can't even imagine feeding these pellets to my goldfish when I first got them, when they were about half the size or maybe even smaller. We only feed them once a day, mainly so that we could train them to come see us when we stand by the pond so that we could monitor their health and so we could net them easily if they needed to be isolated for some reason, like an injury or illness. They're in a (roughly) 500 gallon natural pond with lots of aquatic and marginal plants, some of which we introduced specifically as a food source, so they don't rely on us for food. Unless a flake form of this food is offered, I'm unlikely to try this product again. It seems easier and less stressful to just gradually discontinue their regular food as the water temperature drops and let them transition into fishy torpor naturally. Maybe in the spring, when the water temperature starts coming up again, I might reconsider using a pond fish transition food, but again, only if there is a flake version of this food offered. It's just too big and gooey for my school of shubunkin and comets.