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A frequently asked question about pond foods concerns whether or not it is really necessary to feed a few fish in a large pond. While this may not be necessary from a nutritional standpoint, it is a must if the pond owner would like to see his/her fish. At Big Al’s, its our job to make the consumer understand that if they feed their fish, they will be viewed as a source of food and not as a predator. Pond fish will scurry and hide when they see a person without this use of pond food.

The biggest selling point and most important information about Tetra Pond Sticks and Koi Foods (Available at Big Al’s) relates to the actual structure of the stick and how it is designed for maximum digestibility. When in the wild, fish rarely have the opportunity to feed to satisfaction, which is a completely full stomach. Fish, particularly carp, spend most of their waking hours foraging for food, as meals are rarely ever plentiful. Therefore a fish digestive system has evolved to handle many small meals instead of a single large meal. It is estimated that carp food is in the entire digestive track for less than one hour from swallowing to passage. Prepared foods must be formulated with this in mind - Tetra Pond Foods have!

Since pond fish are often allowed to feed to satisfaction, it is important that the food is structured so that it can be digested as completely as possible to avoid large amounts of undigested food being returned to the water. Tetra Pond Foods (Available at Big Al’s) are the perfect solution to this problem. The light, airy design of our stick allows it to be filling to the fish, but at the same time presents the amount of food that the digestive track can handle. Tetra sticks are extruded, air injected, which allows it to be easily crushed and prepared for digestion by the fish’s pharyngeal bone. The design and formula of Tetra foods results in high digestion rates approaching 90%.

The competitive products on the market are generally heavy, dense pellets that appear to be a good buy for the pond owner because they are cheaper in terms of cost per pound. Most pond owners fail to realize that fish feed by volume, not by weight. Unfortunately, if a fish is allowed to fill up on these pellets (as most pond owners let them), they generally leave the digestive track less then half digested. The dense nature of these foods do not allow them to be easily crushed by the pharyngeal bone and further digested in the intestine. Many of the floating pellets also use indigestible binders. The combination of undigested food and indigestible binders contributes heavily to poor water quality in garden ponds.

Koi need higher levels of protein in their diet than regular goldfish, and our formulas reflect that. The addition of stabilized vitamin C is an important selling point of our koi foods, since most times koi are kept in ponds that do not have plants. Vegetable matter is the main source of vitamin C for wild carp. Amino acids are also very important for koi; the soybean meal and oil in our formula provide an excellent amino acid spectrum.

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