Different Varieties of Pond Fish

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A water garden pond provides a peaceful place of nature in your surroundings. The varieties of pond fish are numerous. But a few of the more common ones generally are introduced into most garden ponds.


Koi descended from the carp family and grow to 35 lbs. Therefore, your pond needs to contain at least 1,000 gallons of water. Caring for your koi properly allows them to live 50 to 70 years and beyond.

Golden Orfe

These yellowish-orange fish swim in groups known as schools. Golden orfes require schools of at least three to survive. In addition, you must monitor the water quality as they are more sensitive than other fish to poor water quality.


Goldfish, also carp descendants, share the spot of being the most common water garden fish, along with koi. Goldfish classifies into hundreds of varieties with the fantail and black moor being examples of the better-known ones.

Mosquito Fish

These small guppy-like fish only grows up to 3 inches. They assist in keeping a pond clear of mosquitoes by eating about 100 mosquito larvae per day.


A type of catfish, the plecostomus is an algae eater. But they are warm-water fish and cannot survive outside in the winter. A large inside aquarium is necessary to home them in winter because they grow as large as 24 inches long.


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