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Thread: Big Pellets or Small Pellets.. Or does it matter?

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    Big Pellets or Small Pellets.. Or does it matter?

    Big Pellets or small... Does it make a differnence?

    To me big koi have to do more work to catch small pellets... But does it make it easier for them to digest. Also have you see sinking food how ieasy it is for a koi to snatch it mid level in a pond. Pretty easy to me if you watch it.

    Small koi on big pellets harder to digest?

    In the winter I can see this perhaps being a concern as the fish are trying to preserve all energy and try not to swim around so much.


    Just thought this was interesting for me and maybe for some...


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    Quote Originally Posted by keokoi
    Big Pellets or small... Does it make a differnence?

    To me big koi have to do more work to catch small pellets... But does it make it easier for them to digest. Also have you see sinking food how ieasy it is for a koi to snatch it mid level in a pond. Pretty easy to me if you watch it.

    Small koi on big pellets harder to digest?

    In the winter I can see this perhaps being a concern as the fish are trying to preserve all energy and try not to swim around so much.


    Just thought this was interesting for me and maybe for some...


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    Well there are alot of theories to big pellets and small pellets...Right now I use medium pellets with a feeding ring in the pond so it is much easier for my fish to eat. The pellets medium size is alot more easier to digest than large. To me I would rather have my fish spend the time gulping the medium food up instead of breaking down large pellets staying at the bottom munching on them.
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    My fish hate the small pellets and prefer big pellets to medium. The small ones seem to get caught in their gills more, or at least they seem to blow air out their gills when eating them But their real preference is crab meat or worms!

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    Welcome to the board Jackie, would you like to tell us about your pond...
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    Although I have lurked here for sometime I have not joined before. I wanted to see some of Joe's pics so I signed on.

    I have some pond mutts I call pets in a 5,000 pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Ramo
    Although I have lurked here for sometime I have not joined before. I wanted to see some of Joe's pics so I signed on.

    I have some pond mutts I call pets in a 5,000 pond.

    Thanks, Jackie here is a recent pic I took on shipment day...


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    Hi Jackie, welcome to the board. In later posts you'll have to relate your experiences with keeping koi in a cooler climate. I wanted to see the "blue" pond mutt in the picture but alas it was not pictured in it's entirety.

    re: pellets I have used medium on my bigger koi to encourage better digestion.
    I do have a mix of sinking and floating which seems to be a nice blend for those few individuals in the pond that aren't much for surface feeding.

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    A month ago I would have said: "small pellets for small fish, etc., etc."

    I recently got some very high protein "very small" pellets. So tiny that, although supposed to be sinking, a third float unless you dampen them first. Well, the bigger gals just hover in the cloud of little pellets as they slowly sink, gulping in as many as they can. The smallest koi swim through, like filter feeding manta rays.

    I've decided that its what is in the pellet that matters. ....Just have to careful that they are not sucked into bottom drains or skimmers before the fish can get to them, whatever the size.

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    Now all my fishes are above 25 cm, so I use only medium size pellets. I have a kikokuryu who seems to have difficulty to take the pellets, small or large, he open the mouth too soon and sometimes does'nt take any food. Maybe he can't see very well ..
    With the small pellets, all the others stay on the surface and it is a chalange for him to take food, but with the medium pellets he has all his time while the others are diving with food in their mouth.
    So maybe in a case like this, it is better to use medium or big pellets.

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    Joe, thanks for the picture, you put my poor mutts to shame.

    Dick the 'blue' koi is a bad example of a doitsu assagi, also camera shy, had to go back over a year to find this bad pic of him for you.

    Please its summer, no talk about cold weather or winter until at least October
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