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  1. Winter Special Offers

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    Winter Special Offers
    Get ready for winter with our range of pond heaters from only £14.99Pond Heaters

    Winter will soon be here.

    As any Koi keeper (from amateur enthusiast to professional breeder) will tell you, UK Winters provide a different set of challenges. Koi themselves aren’t native to the UK and so some care needs to be taken to ensure their comfort and survival.

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  2. Spring Time Feeding Advice

    Spring Time Feeding Advice

    Garden Pond Feeding Advice

    “To feed or not to feed, that is the question”

    Ok that’s not quite be how people are wording it, but it is the crux of the comments we are receiving at the moment. With the weather warming up nicely, the fish will soon be interested in feeding and whilst it is good to get some food down them you need to be wary. It is not only the physical activity of the fish which stops when the temperature drops in the autumn, it is also their digestive system. As such if you feed them now and the temperature drops to the point where they become inactive again, the food can sit in their gut and begin to decompose, which as I am sure you will understand is not good and so you need to be confident when feeding them that the temperature will be high enough over the next few days to fully digest the food and if the forecast says the weather is going to change stop feeding. The best food to feed them in the cooler temperature is Wheatgerm, which has been specifically designed to meet the fish’s needs at this time of year.

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  3. September Special Offer – Extra Discounts off Tetra and Vitrafin Wheatgerm Foods

    Wheatgerm Foods - Special Offer

    September Special Offer – Extra Discounts off Tetra and Vitrafin Wheatgerm Foods
    15% off Tetra Wheatgerm and 10% Vitrafin Wheatgerm Foods

    How and when to feed your fish

    Fish have evolved over the years to extract the appropriate nutrition from the food they eat.  Commercial foods have been designed to offer what they need when they need it. During the cooler temperatures fish do not absorb as much Protein, so Wheatgerm Fish Food has been developed to meet these demands, it is low in Protein, but higher in other nutrients. So during the Autumn and Spring, using Wheatgerm based food can really help you fish to “build up” before and after the winter.

    Should you feed during the winter

    Pond fishes metabolism relies on temperature to enable them to digest food fully. If the temperature drops and the fish metabolism slows, as does their digestive system and any food left in their system will remain there and could start to literally rot inside them. As such, feeding fish during the winter months can be a very trickle business. If you choose to feed your fish you must be confident that the water temperature will remain suitably warm enough for several days after they have fed and you should feed Koi and Goldfish Wheatgerm Foods, which are a specifically designed food to met the fish requirements at this time of year. If you are in any doubt it is better not to feed.

    The table below offers a guide to which food type is best for the time of year or temperature.

    Food Feeding Guide

    Tetra Wheatgerm Food
    Current Brochure Price
    Extra Discount
    Price After Discount
    Tetra – Wheatgerm Sticks – 1.4 Kg
    £19.98
    15%
    £16.98 (£12.12/Kg)
    Tetra – Wheatgerm Sticks – 2 Kg
    £28.98
    15%
    £24.63 (£12.31/Kg)
    Vitrafin Wheatgerm Food
    Vitrafin Wheatgerm Pellets – 2.5Kg
    £15.98
    10%
    £14.38 (£5.75/Kg)
    Vitrafin Wheatgerm Pellets – 5Kg
    £23.99
    10%
    £21.59 (£4.31/Kg)
    Vitrafin Wheatgerm Pellets – 10Kg
    £38.99
    10%
    £35.09 (£3.50/Kg)



  4. A Guide To How And When To Feed Your Fish

     

     Garden Pond Feeding Advice

    How And When To Feed Your Fish

    Fish have evolved over the years to extract the appropriate nutrition from the food they eat. Commercial foods have been designed to offer what they need when they need it. During the cooler temperatures fish do not absorb as much Protein, so Wheatgerm Fish Food has been developed to meet these demands, it is low in Protein, but higher in other nutrients. In the warm summer months, fish want to take on as much protein as they can, either for body growth or to help create eggs and so Growth Foods are available which are high in Protein. The table below offers a guide to which food type is best for the time of year or temperature. Knowing how and when to feed your fish is both good for your fish and your pocket.

    How And When To Feed Your Fish

    Summer Feeding

    During the Summer months your fish can seem to be ravenous and feeding them multiple handfuls of food, which they wolf down is very tempting, but this is not necessarily a good thing for them, the pond or your wallet. If you feed the fish a lot in one go, they will get full and the food will pass through their body quickly leading to much of the food coming out as waste. This will pollute the pond leading to foaming (protein froth), filters which need cleaning more frequently, added nutrients for algae and over weight lazy fish.  In the wild your pond fish would naturally look for food all the time and would eat little and often, so this is what we should try to help them do.  Feeding small quantities of food which can be consumed in 5 minutes only is ideal, this can be done as often as your lifestyle allows, but if you want to promote growth the more frequent the better.  By feeding in this way, not only do you ensure that most of the goodness of the food is used, but also it keeps the fish slightly hungry and they will explore round the pond looking for more food, this is good for muscle growth and general health.  You will also probably spend less on food.

    Using the little and often option for feeding will soon lead to your fish coming to you when you approach the pond.  This is ideal, it allows you to appreciate them better, to visually inspect them to ensure they are all healthy and can be the beginning of being able to hand feed them.

    One of the problems with feeding fish in a well planted pond is that the food can float off in to the marginal plants making it hard to know if it has been eaten or is just rotting away.  This can be avoided by using a feeding ring, this is a very simple floating ring which keeps the food in one place, so that you know what is being consumed.

    Click here to go to our Feeding Rings Page

    Keeping an eye on things

    One food to stay away from, or at least be very careful of, is flake food.  Around 50% of flake food sinks, which is fine in aquariums, but in ponds it can mean that you do not know how much is being eaten and can lead to a rotting pile at the bottom of the pond.

     

    In short the best thing for your fish is to feed them the correct kind of food for the temperature/season and do this little and often.