1/4 lb. shrimp, cooked and peeled or imitation crab Custom professional food contains fish meal (so use any fish or parts of fish from a supermarket in addition or in place of the shrimp).
1/2 cup peas (cooked or frozen and squeezed out of their skins)
1/2 cup slightly cooked carrots
1/2 cup cooked chopped spinach
1/2 cup Calcium Montmorillonite
1 cup wheat germ
1 clove garlic
A dash of orange juice for consistency 1 multi vitamin/mineral pill
1 envelope Knox gelatin dissolved in about 1/8 cup hot water
Pulse everything above in food processor to a coarse paste. Stir in about
1 cup wheat germ Spread to ab()ut 1/4" thickness on waxed paper (I put a second sheet over the top and rolled it evenly). Refrigerate until firm and cut into 1/4" cubes. Freeze the amount for later feeding. Options: If the carrots, peas and spinach are chopped very fine then the cooking is not needed. Bananas, oranges, grapefruit and watermelon make great treats for Koi, just dice and fed. Watch for a sale on shrimp, fish or the imitation crab meat then freeze for later use.
Adding to the pond Mix two ounces (2 level tablespoons) of Calcium Montmorillonite per 1,000 gallons of water and add to pond 2x per week. Dissolve the dosage in a bucket of pond water and pour it into a comer of the pond or sprinkle it near a waterfall. The pond will initially cloud for 12-24 hours depending on the amount of organic material in the pond, but the Montmorillonite will remain active. Do not be worried in a new pond if the water does not clear in a day or two. The organic material such as algae is limited in new ponds.
In extreme cases of poor water quality and when first using Calcium Montmorillonite, use the prescribed dosage 2-3 times a week until the desired water condition is attained. Also the clay can be mixed with the food. Coat damp pellets lightly with Calcium Montmorillonite. Feed a few times a week. Added to food it will aid digestion and increase the ability to assimilate the vitamins and minerals required in their diet.
Visible results of clearer and cleaner water along with improved and more vivid skin color of fish will be observed within two or three weeks. A healthier fish will be more active and have an increased appetite and better digestion therefore producing less waste.
As Calcium Montmorillonite is added to a pond, the dying algae can clog filters so be prepared to make a few extra water changes of 10-20% and check filters for clogging. Filters should never be washed with water containing chlorine or chloramines (tap water). Always clean with pond water. Chlorine and Chloramines will kill the biological bacteria, causing ammonia and nitrite spikes and prevents the pond from becoming balanced.
Any water changes of more than 5% using tap water containing chlorine or chloramines needs to be de-chlorinated to prevent damage to the fish gills. I always recommend using Amquel as it removes chlorine, chloramines and ammonia. Even if using well water, our ponds can sometimes have ammonia spikes and Amquel should be a part of our emergency pond care kit. ...