No pond fish should be missing in an ornamental pond. However, there are several types, depending on the pond with good and less good properties. The gold bindweed is an ideal pond fish, which should not be missing in any natural ornamental pond.
It is a beautiful and graceful fish, with many good qualities, in short, the ideal pond fish!
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The golden bindweed (Latin: Leuciscus Idus Melanotus) grows to a maximum of about 60 cm and is a well-known cultivation form of the bindweed (Latin: Leuciscus Idus). The wild form is a native fish, which occurs in large parts of Europe and Asia, with a maximum length of 80 cm.
Since the size of the ornamental pond ultimately determines the size of the bindweed, they rarely exceed 60 cm. Gold bindweeds of around 50 cm are therefore already quite capital fish for an ornamental pond. In addition to the golden bindweed,
there are other cultivation forms, of which the blue bindweed is a fairly common cultivation form. The three colors bindweed and rainbow bindweed, on the other hand, are a lot rarer and therefore much more difficult to find
The golden bindweed is a real surface fish, which likes to show itself on the surface of the water. In contrast to the goldfish, which is known for its rooting behavior, the golden bindweed leaves the bottom alone. This certainly benefits the water quality and clarity of the ornamental pond.
They are known for their active hunting behavior for insects at the water’s surface, sometimes jumping completely out of the water. This mainly happens in the warmer summer months, around dusk, when many insects are on or around the water surface.
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In principle, golden bindweeds do not need to be fed, and they get sufficient nutrition from the catch of insects and the like, but if fed, the golden bindweed is happy to be present for an easy snack.
Golden bindweed is relatively difficult to reproduce in an ornamental pond, but that is certainly not always a disadvantage. Because they reproduce relatively difficult, the pond does not quickly become overpopulated, which in turn has a negative effect on the water quality.
In contrast to the golden bindweed, for example, the shubunkin reproduces easily, and the ornamental pond can become so overpopulated in just a few years that the ornamental pond becomes biologically out of balance and the pond turns into a green soup.
The gold bindweed actually needs running water for reproduction, which is not really available in most ornamental ponds. In ponds with better, and stronger, filter systems, there is a bit of current and it is sufficiently large in certain places along bottom structures and plants to make it easier. But even then it is no guarantee that they will reproduce.
The gold bindweed is a fast, but somewhat shy fish and tries to hide quickly in case of danger. This makes it less likely to fall prey to, for example, a heron, but can then hide for several days, so that it seems as if they are all gone.
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The golden orfe is a real schooling fish and therefore prefers to live with a number of congeners. When there are too few of its congeners in the vicinity, the golden orfe shows some panicky flight behavior and it is, therefore, wise to keep at least eight to ten golden orfes in an ornamental pond.
The active jumping behavior is a feast for the eyes, but sometimes goes wrong and the fish jumps on dry land or over the pond edge. Since the jumping often happens in the twilight and this is not always noticed, it can occasionally be fatal.
Gold bindweed is a somewhat vulnerable fish and is less resistant to certain chemicals. When medication is used for other fish, it can have a negative effect on golden orfe. And even with chemical additions, for example, to kill algae, this often has no positive effect on gold ore.
In addition, the golden orfe likes oxygen-rich water and will be one of the first fish to show an oxygen deficiency.