Sterlet – Acipenser Ruthenus
Description: Sterlet are one of the most popular Sturgeon species and is compatible with smaller ponds as it reaches a smaller overall size. Less popular than its albino cousin as they are less visible. They are often sold as Dwarf Sturgeon, which is inaccurate. They may be a smaller species of sturgeon, but they can still reach over 1 metre! Sterlets have a white edge to their fins and are often called white edged or white finned sterlet.
They are very peaceful fish and will generally spend most of their time in the lower reaches of the pond going about their business.
Maximum Size: Upto 40″ but on average 25-30″
Environment: Sturgeon have a preference for cooler water. It is important to feed them a good quality sturgeon food (we sell this!) and do so throughout the year. They a require a large pond due to their adult size and can achieve this within a few years. We recommend a minimum of 4500 litres (1000 gallons) for Sterlets. Good filtration (suitable for Koi) and aeration is a must.
Water Conditions: Sterlet require a pH range of 7-8.5, Ammonia and Nitrite to be virtually 0ppm and dissolved oxygen saturation to remain above 8ppm. An air pump is a must if considering adding any of the Sturgeon species to 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.