The Dangers of Overfeeding Pond Fish
Accumulated uneaten food and fish waste pose a number of problems. First, they can result in lethal changes in the pond water chemistry. The breakdown products are toxic and can stress fish, making them prone to other diseases. Overeating can cause health problems. Finally, the pond can become very unsightly.
To avoid problems with overfeeding
- Feed on a Schedule - Most pond inhabitants will do well if fed twice daily. If possible, more frequent and smaller feedings are preferable. In the wild, most fish do not eat large "meals" like humans. Instead, they forage and nibble throughout the day.
- Feed the Proper Amount - A general rule of thumb is to only feed them as much as they can eat within a few minutes.
- Feed the Proper Food - Feeding an improper, poor quality or stale food will not only lead to malnutrition, it will lead to more waste since the fish will not eat it.
- Remove uneaten food - If there is uneaten food left after a feeding, remove as much of it as possible with a net.
- Install an Automatic Feeder - Automate pond feedings for a smart solution to proper fish nutrition. Automatic pond fish feeders dispense portioned meals throughout the day, making it a great choice when away on vacation or to encourage natural foraging behavior.
Automatic Fish Feeders help avoid problems with overfeeding and are very useful when you can not be there to feed your fish.