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Alternative Name(s): Golden Orfe, Blue Orfe, Ide
Scientific Name(s): Leuciscus idus
Category: Pond
Maximum Size: 75cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 0 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 500 Gallons
Water Temperature Range: 0-0°C
Water pH Range: 7.0-8.0
Water Hardness Range: 0-0 dGH

General Information: Orfe are sociable fish and should always be kept in groups of at least three. Orfe are fast swimmers and need a lot of oxygen. Spending most of the time near the surface of the pond. Orfe will jump out of very small ponds because they like lots of room.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements: Typicaly Orfe live on a diet of small insects and other invertebrates, but will happily take pond fish food. Try to add some live food to the mix as Orfe love to chase their prey.
Compatibility: Happy with all varieties of pond fish such as Goldfish, Koi, Shubunkins, Tench, Gold Rudd. Smaller fish should not be added where there are adult Orfe, who will eat them.
Recommendations: Orfe prefer to be in a shoal of at least six.
Common Problems: Grow rapidly and can quickly out grow small ponds. Orfe can be affected by some disease treatments. Orfe that have been affected by this typicaly have a bent backbone.
Similar Species:
Sexing: Males can develop breeding spots and females are heavier, but only during breeding.
Breeding: A large pond (at least 1000 gallons) is needed. Orfe tend to lay their eggs in a cluster around plant roots or in weeds.
Author(s): Fishlady | Photo: MIGHTYFINN | Views: 66846
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Posted: 28/6/2009 0:05  Updated: 28/6/2009 0:05
Home away from home
Joined: 16/5/2009
From: Oxfordshire
Posts: 237
cheers a good read you could knick one of my orfe pics to put on here if you wanted
cheers again
small paul
Posted: 24/9/2010 16:08  Updated: 24/9/2010 16:08
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 24/9/2010
From: Denbighshire
Posts: 26
 Re: caresheets
hi everyone im new here i just aquired 4 large orfes 2 blue 2 golden and six babies (i have two ponds) and found the caresheet very informative.
ps:great site

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