The Rudd - an alternative to goldfish and koi
Blog post written by Andy | 27 May 2014 | Category: Pond fish
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.
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