Feed training

To get started, you will want to find a barrier-free area in your pond or lake that is at least 3 ‘deep or deeper, preferably not a spawning area. While training your fish, you will want to be at the same place and time of day, because you are not only training them to eat commercial feed, but you are also training their location as well as your presence. Now that you have a spot to pick out, you’ll want to do your feed whether it’s early in the morning or late in the afternoon, because you’ll get a better feeding response during those times. Start with 1/2 to 1 pound of feed per day until you observe a strong feeding response, and once you achieve this, you can start to increase your feeding. It is recommended not to feed more than the fish can consume in 7-10 minutes at a time. Instead of feeding them full rations at a time, feed them a spoonful or pinch of food at a time to allow the fish time to eat and provide more of what they have left behind. Until your fish are trained for your presence, you may need to broadcast the feed and then slowly move away from the water, giving them time to feed without feeling the presence of potential predators.

Feed size

Unlike commercial aquaculture facilities, where fish are separated by the hour of their size, your pond will have many fish of different sizes living together. That’s why we felt it was necessary to provide a mix of pond feed of different lengths and sizes. This allows you to feed your feed-based fish from one bag of feed at a time, while ensuring that fish of various sizes have the opportunity to improve nutrition, health and performance.

Use a feeder when feeding fish

Using an automatic feeder can provide a consistent daily feeding regimen for your fish, which may be difficult for you to accomplish in a busy job. It is still very important to regularly observe your fish feeding from the feeder to ensure that the correct amount is being fed, because overfeeding will result not only in a waste of money, but will have a negative impact on the water quality of your pond or lake.

Storage of feed

It is important to store your feed in a cool, dry place, free of mice. Never feed spoiled, moldy, or rodent infested feed. We also recommend that you do not store feed for more than six months before use. If your feed is stored for a long time or in poor storage conditions, and you are not sure whether it is safe, it is best to throw it away when in doubt. Your fish has a lot of time and money, and it’s not worth it to feed spoiled or contaminated food.

Water the feed before feeding the fish

We have received several inquiries as to whether we need to rehydrate the feed before feeding. Our experience is that if you use good quality feed and the right size feed, you don’t need to hydrate the feed before feeding, but some people say this technique helps when feeding smaller fish with larger particles, allowing them to pull apart the particles so they can be fed. The technique has also been used to make larger pellets or pellets of hydrated pellets that can be fed to larger predatory fish.

Feeding speed and water quality

During a single feeding period, it is recommended that only the fish can be fed for 7-10 minutes. The recommended daily ration is no more than 10 pounds of surface water per acre. It is important not to feed more than the fish can consume, because uneaten feed can lead to negative water quality, which may include a decrease in dissolved oxygen levels in the water. Keep in mind that the more feed you introduce into your pond or lake will increase the overall biological quality of the fish and in turn the demand for oxygen will increase. If your fish stop or dramatically slow down from eating their normal ration it could be a water quality problem or a health problem for the fish. You should stop feeding until you know for sure what the problem is. Feeding fish stressed by poor water quality or health problems can kill them.

How to Choose Best Feed for Fish?

Feed quality must meet the following requirements.

  1. Feed must be granule, sink granule or float granule.
  2. The feed must be nutritionally complete, including a complete vitamin and mineral premix.
  3. The protein content of the feed is generally 32%-36%. Protein-rich feed costs more, but is worth the money, especially if the average fish weighs no less than 50 grams.
  4. The quality of feed will decrease with the extension of storage time. Feed should be used up within 6 weeks after production, if the storage time is too long, its vitamins and other nutrients will be lost, or destroyed by fungi and other microorganisms.
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