Tinca tinca GOLD

17. April 2012

The gardenpond season starts up! The Tench, a species initially native in Europe and western Asia, is a perfect pond and aquarium fish. Nowadays the Tench has a worldwide distribution, because it is a very delicious food fish, too. The Tench is very tolerant regarding the water temperature: it is totally winter hardy on the one hand and has no problems at all in summer, when the temperature rises up to 26°C on the other. Due to its low oxygen requirement the Tench inhabits muddy waters in the wild.

Currently we have two sports of the Tench in stock, the wild coloured – also called Green Tench – and the wonderful golden sport. Among the latter ones are many three-coloured specimens, which are very rare (not assorted available!). The Tench can reach a length of about 40 cm (the largest one reported had 70 cm). Our specimens are currently 8-10 cm long and thus fit also perfectly for coldwater aquaria.

The Tench is not only a beautiful fish, but also very useful. Among all fish species native in Europe the Tench is spezialized most in feeding on small molluscs. Thus the Tench can be used in any pond or tank where snails become to numerous. However, in the absence of snails the Tench also feeds readily on any usual type of fish food. Against other fish, may they belong to the own species or not, the Tench is completely peaceful. Males can be distinguished from the females by the shape of the ventral fins, which are much larger in males. The Tench is an egg-scatterer that does not take care for its eggs at all.

For our customers: the Tench has code 878802, the Golden Tench 879003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Tinca: this name was already in use in ancient Rome for the Tench.

Common names: Tench or Green Tench (for the wild coloured sport), Golden Tench (for the golden or threecoloured sports)

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 10 - 12