Minnows – Phoxinus phoxinus
Description: The Common Minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) found in many of our streams and rivers is a rather understated aquarium and pond fish. Their fascinating behavior and quite striking patterns are often overlooked for more colourful fish that attain greater sizes. The easily breed in aquariums and ponds alike. A must for a natural pond.
Maximum Size: Upto 3″ but on average 1-2″ when mature.
Environment: The Minnow is prefers clear ponds with good water flow. It is a shoal fish so benefits from 3 or more of the same species to fulfill it’s shoaling desire. They do breed in garden ponds, usually those that have some weed growth,well oxygenated with good water flow.
Water Conditions: Minnows require a pH range of 7-8.5, Ammonia and Nitrite to be virtually 0ppm. Dissolved oxygen saturation to remain above 8ppm. They are not tolerable to lower oxygen saturation values and will often be the first to perish in low oxygen conditions. Minnows 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.