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Feed the Carp Correctly: Best Foods and Feeding Methods


Description: knowing how to feed the carp (Cyprinus carpio) is important to keep your fish healthy. Here’s the guide.


Domesticated common carp needs proper feeding strategy and food types to thrive in the pond. Understanding how to feed the carp (Cyprinus carpio) means knowing the right feeding style and food types. Even though carps “eat everything”, you need to feed them properly to make them reach the desired sizes. Here is the basic guide of feeding domesticated carps the right way.


Ideal Feeding Method for Carps

There is a reason why you need to keep the pond temperature between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius: it is the ideal temperature for them to grow and eat. If the temperature is lower than 18 degrees Celsius, carps refuse to eat properly. Common carps are omnivores, and adult fish have wide mouths that allow them to dig the mud on the bottom to scavenge.


Unlike the adults, the hatchlings have really small mouths. You need to feed them microorganisms such as zooplankton and protein-rich bits smaller than 4 mm (the common size of hatchlings). Mix the protein-rich pellets and natural foods for the adults, and include foods that can fall to the bottom, since carps are also bottom-feeding species.


Ideal Foods for Common Carps

As omnivores that need a huge protein boost, there are several types of foods you can feed your carps with, such as:


  • Water plants

Carps in natural habitats love to eat the soft parts of water vegetations, such as from the leaves and seeds.


  • Microorganisms

Carps, including the fry, love eating microorganisms that live in freshwaters, such as Daphnia and Moina.


  • Small fish

Small fish such as minnows, bluegills, and small catfish are carps' natural diets, and you can incorporate them in the pond for a healthier feeding environment.


  • Protein-rich pellets

Protein-rich pellets are the main feeding sources you can give for the carps. The pellets must contain at least 25 percent of protein.


You may also cultivate Daphnia, bloodworms, and black worms as live cultured feed for your carps. Alternate each food to give your carps balanced nutrition in their ponds.


Carp Feeding Frequency

Ideally, you must feed your carps three times a day. Protein pellets become the main feeding sources, alternated with live foods every several days (without eliminating the pellet inclusion in the menu). If you have trusted supplier for carp’s foods, follow the recommended guidelines for the best rearing and feeding results.


Knowing how to feed the carp (Cyprinus carpio) correctly will give you large and healthy fish. Make sure you follow the common guidelines and provide enough nutrition from the recommended feeding sources.


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