When caring for koi fish, one of the things that you would worry about is not feeding them enough and inadvertently starving them out of ignorance. That’s normal for any first time koi owner! But the truth is, the feeding schedule for koi fish really depends on various factors. So, how often do koi fish need to be fed? Let’s take a look at the various factors at play.
Before you purchase any koi fish, as with any pet, you would usually want to plan whether you are in a position to care for it for at least its lifetime. That means if you’re living in a rental house and likely to move in two years, you probably don’t want to start building a pond in the backyard and raising young koi. There is a certain level of commitment to caring for koi, and there is a difference in this commitment depending on the type of koi you get. So how long do koi fish live? We will look at the two most common types of koi owned by casual koi enthusiasts – domestic koi, and Japanese koi.
So your family is going on vacation for a while and leaving the fish pond unattended with nobody to feed your beautiful and expensive koi fish. Of course, you ask yourself: How long can koi go without food? No koi owner would want to come home from a great trip away only to find a disaster in their pond. And of course, it’s not practical to take the fish with you on your trip! A koi sitter might be another option, but it would depend on whether that would be absolutely necessary or worth it – after all, koi aren’t dogs, needing constant attention and care. While the answer may not be so straightforward and does depend on various factors, we will look at that in detail in this article.