Title: When To Stop Feeding Goldfish
EllenR - November 17, 2010 07:45 PM (GMT)
The other day my pond temp was 50 degrees F. So, I stopped feeding my fish. Today it is 20 degrees warmer outside and the pond temp is nearly 60 degrees. The weekend, it is suppose to be 70. My question is: since I stopped feeding my fish a few days ago, do I not feed my fish again til spring even though the water has warmed? They are at the top of the water begging really hard!!
Rosiemeadow - November 17, 2010 08:57 PM (GMT)
Once my pond temp is over 50 I am feeding a little bit, only once a day though. I think it really depends on their activity & if the temps are going to drop a lot at night, that's only what I've been doing I'm no expert, since this is my first year keeping my fish outside all winter.
EllenR - November 17, 2010 10:44 PM (GMT)
Broxandval - November 18, 2010 05:43 PM (GMT)
Though it's very tempting to feed especilly with the Temperature going up and all but it will suddenly go cold and they will have food still in their stomock or gut which will go off causing your fish to fall ill .
Which is why tempted or not its not !!!...
Robyn - November 18, 2010 06:13 PM (GMT)
First, check the water temperature. If it's over 50 to 55 degrees F, and the forecast calls for highs in the 60's or above for more than a few days, it's okay to feed a little. The problem where I live is that while a few days may be in the 60's, the nights are still in the 40's so the pond doesn't get above 50 degrees. Also, the warm days alternate with cold days. If it's going to get cold (below 60 degrees F for the high and/or below 40 degrees F for the low) in the next few days, don't feed. If you're unsure, it's better not to feed.
EllenR - November 18, 2010 09:21 PM (GMT)
Thank you so much for the advice........I think I will hold off and see the weather forcast!!