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  • Posted on: 16/10/2009 20:16
Mystery pond fish #1
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?
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  • Posted on: 16/10/2009 21:44
Re: Mystery pond fish #2
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 )
[url=http://www.bigfishcam
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Re: Mystery pond fish #3
Is this something like it?

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millview53 millview53
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Re: Mystery pond fish #4
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 ?
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Re: Mystery pond fish !!Photo added!! #5
Here is a pic allbeit a poor one

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Re: Mystery pond fish !!Photo added!! #6
A more expert person than me might be able to figure it out from the pic but in the meantime have a look through this page I found

http://www.arkive.org/british-species/fish/
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Re: Mystery pond fish !!Photo added!! #7
Sorry for the delay,

Well it could be two species, its either a Rudd, which are quite common in the aquatic trade or a roach which arent.

Did you not add this fish to your pond?
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Re: Mystery pond fish !!Photo added!! #8
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
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Re: Mystery pond fish !!Photo added!! #9
If it is a Roach/Rudd it should survive perfectly OK. I have had a rogue Roach in my Koi pond for at least 6 years. He has survived well on premium koi food.
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Re: Mystery pond fish !!Photo added!! #10
Quote:

Jaguar wrote:
He has survived well on premium koi food.


I love the idea of him just 'surviving' on premium koi food, poor thing, scraping a living from the best food money can buy What's this, premium grade food again? Oh, if I must ...

(of course, I could be displaying a massive lack of knowledge on appropriate diets for pond fish here but I've amused myself if no one else )
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