Posted 19 April 2009 - 02:50 PM
Posted 19 April 2009 - 07:27 PM
Will give wiccat (South American mod.) a mail as she hosts one in a pond and will be able to give you any info on them. Have moved this post to a new topic.
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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:09 AM
Posted 20 April 2009 - 08:33 PM
Hi, the only info I can give you is in relation to my own specimen - I'm not an expert on them in general. He is just under 36 inches long and has put on about 4 inches in length in the past year, but has increased considerably in girth. He didn't eat very much through the really cold weather - spent most of the winter in his drainpipe in the deepest part of the pond and I only fed him when
he was actively looking for food. Now the water has warmed up he is taking a defrosted trout of about 8 - 9 inches every other day. Food is grabbed and taken down into his drainpipe for digestion. When he next appears at the feeding area, he gets another offering. He also gets dead baby rats, sold as snake food from my local reptile shop. In high summer, when the water is even warmer, he will eat every day.
The pond is 20ft x 10ft x 5ft deep, about 3000 gallons. Due to the large amount of poo produced, there is a massive, four chamber filtration system fed by a very powerful pump, approx twice as powerful as is recommended for the gallonage.
A word of warning - although he takes food from my fingers, feeding has to be done carefully, as he does not differentiate between food and fingers, and given the chance he will happily bite the hand that feeds him - if its in the water and it moves, its fair game!
I wish you luck - please keep me informed of your progress,
Posted 21 April 2009 - 09:15 AM
Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:10 PM
Hi, in answer to your questions -
- I have had my specimen for nearly three years.
- My specimen was a rescued fish and cost me nothing.
- It would have been destroyed if a home could not be found for it with a registered licence holder, which I am. I hold my licence because I am an ichthyologist and I use it for scientific purposes. I cannot stress enough how important and imperative it is for you to hold a licence BEFORE you get your fish. If you do not, the appropriate authorities have the right to enter your premises and remove, and possibly even destroy your fish, and believe me, they will certainly do it! You may also get a hefty fine! Retrospective applications are not always successful. You will have to justify why you want to keep one, and also you will have to prove, beyond doubt, that in case of a flood, your fish cannot escape into any water courses. I would definitely not advocate you going out of your way to get one - as I said, mine came to me by default.
- If you do go ahead, you must consider how big this fish can ultimately get - 7 or 8 feet is not uncommon, and the average garden pond will certainly not do. You also have to consider its long life span.
- Wels do not eat fruit or vegetables, they are very definitely piscivores/carnivores.
- I would respectfully suggest, having read your questions, that you need to do a great deal of homework very thoroughly before embarking on such a responsible and demanding undertaking.
Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:43 PM
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