Your pond fish can often be the best aspect of your pond — as long as you take proper care of them. The good news is that, generally speaking, your biggest responsibility when it comes to caring for your fish is feeding them. However, at a certain point of the year, you should actually stop feeding your fish entirely. But when exactly do you do that?
When Do I Stop Feeding my Pond Fish?
First off, you need to make sure that you’re feeding your fish the right way to begin with. When you feed your fish, make sure you’re only giving them the amount of food that they can eat in five minutes. This way you’re not overfeeding them, wasting food, or giving algae the chance to grow off the food.
Outdoor Temperature & Fish’s Metabolism
How hot or cold it is outside will affect how fast or slow your fish’s metabolism is and how you should feed them.
When It’s Warm Out
If the temperature outside is between 60 and 85℉, you should be fine feeding your fish two to three times a day. However, if the temperature rises above 90℉, stop feeding your fish, as this is too high a temperature for them to comfortably digest food.
When It’s Cold Out
Once the temperature drops below 52℉, stop feeding your fish since their metabolisms slow down a lot. Even on warmer days during the winter, resist the urge to feed them — any algae growing on the walls of your pond will be enough to sustain them.