The Roach (Rutilus rutilus), also known as the common roach, is a fresh and brackish water fish of the Cyprinidae family, native to most of Europe and western Asia.
An active shoal fish, it is very widespread throughout the UK. It will feed in the depths of winter. Its red eyes and bright silver make it an attractive alternative to Rudd. They can be mixed together and will naturally shoal together as well.
It will feed at any depth and can breed well in garden ponds. Likely to reach a maximum size of 12″ in a large garden pond.