Koi Digestion and the Proper Way to Feed Them
  • pandaipandai January 2013
    Posts: 1,083
    Just sharing an article:

    One of the most beautiful domesticated ornamental fish is Koi. What made them more unique, aside from their various coloration and scale patterns, is their way of digesting food. Basically, Koi can effectively absorb nutrients from the food they eat, and discard the unwanted elements that their body cannot use. They can eat anything such as meat, vegetation and invertebrates. They are also quite powerful in breaking down substances that are highly resistant to being reduced chemically.

    To understand how Koi digest and absorb the nutrients from their food, here is a brief discussion for you read on. Like any other living creatures, the digestive system of Koi is also naturally built to assimilate far more stubborn substances than artificially manufactured commercial Koi food. It usually involves both mechanical and physical processes. While these aquatic species have highly sensitive food receptors, they can quickly and easily sense the presence of food in their surroundings.

    Using their sense of sight and smell, Koi can accurately discern if they are about to be fed. This is why they easily come to you whenever you are about to feed them. The first organ that comes in contact with the food is their mouth and buccal cavity. The mouth of Koi is fully equipped with pharyngeal teeth, which are made especially to grind food efficiently before it enters the digestive tract. While munching on their food, Koi in general spit out substances that it deems indigestible.

    From the buccal cavity, food is then carried through the oesophagus and to the intestines. Koi’s oesophagus is lined with cilia and goblet cells to easily allow the food to pass through the anterior intestines. The size of Koi’s intestines is actually twice as long as its body. This is where the food is broken down further for proper absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream. Unlike the intestinal organs of the other creatures, Koi’s intestines are quite simple.

    It does not have any glands or sacs that secrete a variety of enzymes. It also does not feature any stomach. When feeding your fish, it is highly recommended to give them the right amount of what they can only consume. This is to help you prevent excessive production of metabolic wastes that contain high levels of ammonia. When it comes to giving them the right amount of nutrients, perhaps the best thing you can offer to your fish is chemically formulated Koi foods.

    It is because these foods are especially made to provide the right diet for prize-winning Koi. These foods do not only provide the essential dietary allowance they need to stay healthy, but also the many different values that can enhance their colour, built and resilience. It is also proven safe and effective in improving their immunity against various fish diseases, infections and parasitic infestations. If you want to know more about Koi, their anatomical structures, physical needs and dietary requirements, do not hesitate to ask some help from the experts for additional information.

    http://hydra-aqua.com/blog/tag/koi-colour
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  • BthineshkumarBthineshkumar January 2013
    Posts: 1,763
    Gud read Bro Pandai (Y)

    Thanks for sharing
  • pandaipandai January 2013
    Posts: 1,083
    I just found this fact interesting;

    "When it comes to giving them the right amount of nutrients, perhaps the best thing you can offer to your fish is chemically formulated Koi foods. "
    Get Kenkona Koi and Kenkona Bio at special price online at http://kenkonakoi.blogspot.com/
  • niveknivek January 2013
    Posts: 1,251
    Thanks for sharing bro pandai (Y)
  • tswerntswern February 2013
    Posts: 132
    @pandai... definately not Nasi Lemak or Roti Canai!

    Hehehehe... poor kois, that's what they cannot enjoy even when they are in M'sia :))
  • lautslauts February 2013
    Posts: 1,248
    Bros ,

    Interesting but i would not take it too seriously since it has pictures of comet goldfish tagged as kois :-)) .

    Since we are on subject feeding , most of us switch between high protein and wheatgerm/lower protein feed right? It is the same as feeding more and less of high protein food only ?
    Your thoughts ?

    ts
  • MfwleeMfwlee February 2013
    Posts: 355
    " @pandai... definately not Nasi Lemak or Roti Canai ! "

    I wouldn't be too sure about the roti canai - this is used as bait for patin and local carp !
    Mike Lee

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