Can someone solve this for me please, i am new to ponds and fish species! In my pond i have seen a fish that has grown from about 2 inches long to 6 inches long in the last 8 months or so. It is black with a hint of silver on its lower side and has a red tail and fins. It is so shy i only spot it at night when the pond lights come on so i dont think i can get a photo of it to help you. What could it be?
Perch have red tail and pelvic fins though they are a sort of drab colour with darker stripes when adult. Google some pics to see if that's a possibility? (no idea actually - I'll pm someone who will know )
I would say its more Blue Orfe like in shape, although not colour, but i only had one adult Blue Orfe in the pond and i always thought it takes two to tango if you know what i mean! Could there be some cross species breeding going on ?
when i drained and emptied my old pond i just saw this fish out of the corner of my eye flapping about in the mud. It was no bigger than about 1 inch long and was very fortunate that i saw it else it would have been dead. I did have a Heron attack once so i wondered if an egg got in the pond via the foot/leg of the Heron? If it is a Roach/Rudd will it be ok with pond fish food or will it find its own food sources