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Feeding Your Fish In Winter

Blog post written by Gary | 15 October 2015 | Category: Pond fish
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Just a quick reminder about feeding your pond fish in the coming winter months.

As the water temperature is now decreasing, your fish will not be eating as much food as they have in the summer months. To help the fish digest the food at this time of the year it would be best to change to a wheatgerm-based food which, as the name suggests, is fibre-rich. This helps build up and maintain energy reserves through the winter months.

A wheatgerm food is ideal for when the pond temperatures fall below 10c and can be fed to the fish down to temperatures of 4c.

Although the wheatgerm fish food is a winter food it can also be fed as a supplement to the summer foods as a treat.

 

Wheatgerm food
Wheatgerm pond food

The Rudd - an alternative to goldfish and koi

Blog post written by Andy | 27 May 2014 | Category: Pond fish
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Most people tend to think about goldfish or koi as the only fish you can keep in your pond. There are however lots of species of fish available for your pond and one of the most overlooked fish is the Rudd.

The Rudd (Scardinius Erythropthalmus) is a very active fish and great if you're after a shoal of fish for your pond. They are commonly a silver fish with large eyes and bright red fins. They have been selectively bred to now come in a gold variety. They can become a large fish, sometimes reaching sizes up to 18" with a weight of 3lbs. They are incredibly active and provide constant flashes of silver and red in your pond as they dart around.

They are a very undemanding fish which can tolerate a wide range of water parameters and temperature. If you provide them with lots of plants, the Rudd is one of the easiest fish to breed in your pond. If there are enough plants, a mature female can lay up to 200,000 eggs on the vegetation in the shallow areas of your pond. (don't panic, you're not going to have 200,000 baby fish in your pond!).

Rudd are a great fish for any pond and are a great alternative to goldfish.

 

Rudd
The Rudd - a great alternative to goldfish