Choosing the right Food for Goldfish in a pond
There are the following types of foods that can be fed to your goldfish in a pond-
- You can feed your goldfish vegetables in the pond like peas and spinach.
- Live food, Goldfish love to eat live food like brine shrimp, insects, larvae, aquatic plants, aquatic animals, and algae. You can grow these creatures in your pond or buy them from any pet Store.
- Larger goldfish may also eat smaller fish, as well as frogs and other Aquatic insects. You can add nutrition to your pond, fish can be fed multiple other supplementary foods. Brine shrimp, bloodworms, silkworms, soybean meal. Goldfish can digest both plant-based proteins and animal-based proteins.
- In the pond goldfish also eat live bugs and larvae that are in their pond water. In ponds, there is sufficient plant growth they will get a large percentage of their daily nutrition from algae and green matter. Provide high-quality food to your goldfish once or twice a day.
Should I feed my pond Goldfish every day?
Yes, you can feed your goldfish every day, but keep in mind that goldfish have small stomachs and can only eat a certain amount of food at a time. So it's important not to overfeed them. Feed them once or twice a day.
Feeding rate according to the weather temperature
- If the temperature is 40-50°F(4.5-10°C) feed your young goldfish less than 2 times per week, or mature goldfish once per week, like wheat germ-based foods.
- If the temperature is 51-65°F(10.5-18°C) feed your young goldfish up to 5 times per week, mature goldfish should be fed 2-4 times per week.
- If the temperature is 66-80°F feed your younger goldfish 2-3 per day and mature goldfish feed once per day protein-based food.
- If the temperature is 81°F and up feed your young goldfish 1-2 per day and mature goldfish should be fed every other day, protein-based food.
Note- Goldfish are cold-water fish with feeding frequencies that naturally change throughout the year, following are factors, you should feed your goldfish daily or not.
- Goldfish metabolic rates speed up a temperature increase in the spring and summer, these rates decrease as temperature drops to conserve energy for winter survival.
- The rate at which your goldfish will feed is also dependent on their age, health status, and availability of natural food sources.
- Rapidly growing goldfish will need to be fed more frequently as they require more nutrients for internal organ development.