November feeding routine for main pond & fish house Summer 2016 is behind us now and we are well into the cooler Autumn period. Elite Koi are in the process of adjusting the blend of high quality Aqua Source Koi foods given to our own Koi for our November feeding routine. October's feeding routine will consist of 50% All Season with Garlic and 50% Wheatgerm,. Although there is no need to blend Aqua Source Koi Feeds, we like to offer our Koi more than one variety at once, this ensures we are feeding our fish, a balanced nutritional diet whilst combining the benefits of differing ingredients. Elite Koi believe other benefits of using garlic are a reduction in outbreaks of flukes on our fish. Elite Koi are currently offering 10Kg of Aqua Source Wheatgerm, ideal winter Koi food for only £59.95 with free P&P. [caption id="attachment_2013" align="aligncenter" width="300"] No 1 winter feed[/caption] Elite Koi's main pond is heated by an LPG gas boiler situated in our fish house. The temperature thermostat is currently set at 16°c.. The long range forecast for November 2016 issued by the Met Office is for cooler weather including cold Northerly winds along with frosts http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/long-range-forecast/ UK average temperatures for November are forecast to be predominantly cooler. Elite Koi have reduced the temperature of the main pond to 12°c. Our aim is to lower to 8°c by Christmas. The purpose of the LPG boiler is to stabilise the temperature in the pond and prevent any large fluctuations in temperature.Our aim is to fast our Koi for 8 weeks over the winter period. This enables the fish to shed any fat reserves and promotes good body shape for next season whilst eliminating any health problems. Female Koi will also use protein from their eggs thereby preventing them becoming egg bound and limiting spawning activity next season. The fish house containing our stock / growing on ponds will remain at 18°c over the whole winter period. The fish facility is heated by convection radiators using the heated water from the LPG boiler prior to the heat being exchanged in the main pond.As the building and water temperature remain at 18°c our stock Koi will continue feeding on a blend of Hi Growth, formulated to promote Rapid Growth and Development & Balance Plus Sinking/ Floating 50/50 Mix. This will ensure all the Koi including the shyer fish, receive the correct nutrition over the winter period. [caption id="attachment_2317" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Quarantine / Grow On Facility[/caption] . Elite Koi offer a further 5% off the final value of your goods through our promotion. Please Contact us for further details.