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Pond Flakes vs. Pond Pellets: What's Best for Your Fish?

Posted on March 19 2024, By: Lydia Lucas


When it comes to feeding your pond fish, there are two main types of food to consider: pond flakes and pond pellets. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on the needs of your pond ecosystem and the types of fish you have. At Walter Products, we provide premium nutrition for goldfish, koi, and all cold-water pond fish with both our Multi-Pond Flakes and Variety Pellets & Sticks.


Let’s dive into the differences between these two options and help you make the best choice for your pond.


Pond Flakes: Light and Digestible


  • Easy Digestion: Our Multi-Pond Flakes are designed to be highly digestible, which means less waste and ammonia in your pond. This is crucial for maintaining water quality and the overall health of your pond ecosystem.
  • Clear Water: The high digestibility of pond flakes helps keep your water clear, ensuring your plants stay healthy and your fish remain vibrant.
  • Easy to Manage Overfeeding: With their bright colours and extra buoyancy, our floating fish flakes are simple to remove if overfed, helping to maintain water clarity.


  • May Not Suit Larger Fish: Flakes can be too small for larger pond fish, making it harder for them to see and consume the food.
  • Frequent Feeding: Flakes tend to disperse more quickly than pellets, which might require more frequent feeding sessions.


Explore our Multi-Pond Flakes to provide a balanced feed that reduces water pollution and supports fish growth, health, and vibrancy.


Pond Pellets and Sticks: Dense and Nutritious


  • Suitable for All Sizes: Our 4mm Floating Pond Pellets are ideal for all sizes of cold-water pond fish, especially larger species like Koi, Goldfish, Orfe, Ide, and Carp.
  • Balanced Nutrition: Like our flakes, the pellets contain only the highest quality ingredients, including Wheatgerm and Spirulina, to offer a completely balanced nutritional profile.
  • Less Frequent Feeding Required: Pellets tend to sink slowly, providing a steady food source that reduces the need for multiple daily feedings.


  • Risk of Overfeeding: Pellets are denser and more filling, so there’s a higher risk of overfeeding, which can lead to water quality issues if not managed properly.
  • May Require More Cleanup: While our pellets are designed to be easy to remove, any uneaten pellets may sink and need to be cleared from the bottom of the pond.


Check out our Variety Pellets for a lightweight pond food that complements your pond’s delicately balanced ecosystem.


Making the Right Choice

The choice between pond flakes and pellets largely depends on the specific needs of your pond and fish. Consider factors like the size and species of your fish, the ease of water maintenance, and your feeding preferences. Both our Multi-Pond Flakes and Variety Pellets offer clear water, healthy plants, and vibrant fish, ensuring your pond remains a thriving ecosystem.


Whether you opt for pond flakes or pellets, providing high-quality food is essential for the health and happiness of your pond fish. By choosing Walter Products, you're not just feeding your fish; you're investing in the well-being of your entire pond.