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|Keeping Your Koi or Catfish in a Heated Pond|
by Marijn van Haaren & Allan James
inter in the UK has become increasingly harsh and, unless you look after your fish meticulously, it is likely that they will struggle. To counteract this, we have seen an increasing number of fish keepers heating their ponds. There are, however, stumbling blocks to this plan, but many of these can be counteracted.
Install A Heated Pond?
• Avoid low temperatures
which cause health problems for the fish
A Pond in your Conservatory?
I Include, Catfish ?
Silurus glanis from the Ebro River, Spain. © www.thecompleatebroangler.com
People often feel that it is impossible to keep fish like the Synodontis of the Mochikidae family due to their specific requirements. This, however, isn’t necessarily the case and, although a challenge, it is one that is both doable and very rewarding especially if it is an inside pond.
If you would like to keep any of the Synodontis species flock of Lake Tanganyika you would need to keep the temperature to the minimum of 25°c (77°f.) and be aware that they will prefer water on the alkaline side of neutral. Other species of Synodontis would need to be kept at least in the mid 70s f. but you have a better choice when you come to the p.H. which can range from 6.0 to 7.5 with no problems.
Synodontis ocelifer © Danny Blundell
The larger catfish of the Doradidae family are another group of fish which could satisfy your needs for a heated tropical pond and have been successfully kept in the warmer climes in the south of England. Again you should read up on your given species and the many forums and groups on the internet are sometimes a good resource to bounce ideas of.
Acknowledgement: Daphne Layley (pers. com)
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