Blue Orfe – Leuciscus idus
Description: The Blue Orfe, is a very popular pond fish and was introduced to the UK in around 1874. It has a light blue colouration when mature, with almost silver/white sides, and is a slender species when viewed from above. Usually kept as a shoal fish with other Blue Orfe or Golden Orfe, Ide and Rudd. Active species year round.
It’s natural counter part is the Ide, which inhabits ponds, lakes rivers and canals in the wild thoughout the UK and Europe.
Maximum Size: Upto 24″ but on average 12-16″ when mature.
Environment: The Blue Orfe requires similar conditions the the goldfish. A well filtered pond with the benefits of vegetation. It is a shoal fish so benefits from 3 or more of the same species to fulfill it’s shoaling desire. They do occasionally breed in garden ponds, usually those that have prolific weed growth and are well oxygenated.
Water Conditions: Blue Orfe require a pH range of 7-8.5, Ammonia and Nitrite to be virtually 0ppm and dissolved oxygen saturation to remain above 8ppm. They are tolerable to lower oxygen saturation values than a lot of fish, although this is not recommended. Orfe can be sensitive to certain pond treatments so please seek professional advice before treating your pond.
As with any pet, please fully research for yourself to ensure that you can accommodate a fish of this type in your home.