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We specialize in all aspects of watergardening. We offer a wide variety of pond supplies, aquatic plants, and ornamental pond fish at our retail location, here in Grant Pass, Or. We also offer maintenance services including pond cleaning, restoration, and scheduled monthly service for our local customers.

We have a complete line of water garden products, including water lilies, marginal or bog plants, pond liners, water garden or pond pumps, water garden filters.
Quality pond fish are available. Koi (3 to 4 inches and up), comets, fantails, and fancy goldfish are available year round. An availability list can be sent on request or you can call us directly.  

The needs of all cold water fish change dramatically with the temperature, feeding must then be adjusted to meet those needs as they occur. Not only the frequency of feeding must be changed but the type of food as well. The easiest way of properly dealing with this is to keep abreast of the water temperature as it fluctuates in the fall and winter. A good plastic pond thermometer will give you an idea of when to feed as well as what to feed.
Always feed whatever the fish can eat in at least 2 minutes but never more than 5 minutes. It is easier to add more food than to scoop it out when overfeeding has occured.
We will try to give you a relatively simple scale to follow. If you have any questions, please call for more information.

WATER TEMP (°F)                          TYPE OF FOOD                                    GENERAL INFORMATION

Above 60°                                     Hikari Staple Mix size of food to suit size of fish, several sizes of pellets may be best. Amount of food required will increase with the water temperature, especially in very warm water.

Below 60°                                     Hikari Wheat Germ Wheat germ food is more easily digestible in colder temperatures. Fish will start to slow down at this point.

60° to 55°                                     Hikari Wheat Germ Feed A.M. only if possible to give all day for food to digest. Continue to feed daily at this time.

55° to 50°                                     Hikari Wheat Germ Feed A.M. only At this point you should see fish become sluggish. Allow time for them to start to feed, then feed for 5 minutes.

50° to 45°                                     Hikari Wheat Germ   You may find that the fish do not come to the surface. If not, do not feed. If they do, follow the 5 minute rule.

Below 45°                                     Nothing !  Never feed fish when the water is that cold. They are unable to properly digest any food at this time. If fed, it can lead to serious health problems or even death.

The most important thing to remember with all cold water species is that as they slow down due to temperature drop you will simply need to reduce the frequency of the feedings. So if you are feeding 2 or 3 times per day during the summer, you will feed only one time per day in the fall. Always feed in the morning after the water has had a bit of time to warm up. This will give the fish all day to digest the food.

You will also start to see a pattern in the fish and they will actually tell you when to feed them and when not to. Some days when it is very cold you will notice that no matter what these fish will not surface. On those days, let them go without food. A good  rule of thumb is when in doubt, let them go without. Always better safe than sorry.

You may be in need of some wheat germ food for the colder portions of the year while the fish are still feeding.

Sit Back and Enjoy !