Golden Rudd are a great alternative to orfe in smaller ponds. Rudd are a native fish, so very acclimatised to the ‘great’ british weather, whatever it brings us. They are a smaller growing surface fish with less demands on oxygen. Golden Rudd generally only achieve a size of 5-6”(12-15cm), however, they can get larger than this in large well filtered pools. Rudd, as with orfe, are a lot happier in small shoals. This not only allows the fish to feel more secure, but also improves the health and vitality of them.
Rudd will feed happily on a varied diet, consisting of pellets, stick, and flaked dried preparations. This fish will also be more than happy grazing on small larvae in the pond.
*Rudd are particularly sensitive to certain parasite treatments, so be sure to read the bottle of any treatment carefully before treating a pond, which Rudd populate.