Hi i live in north east englandMatt wrote:Hi, where are you based? Asian Misgurnus and Paramisgurnus spp. are now considered invasive species across much of Europe due to them escaping from fish farms and private garden ponds then becoming established in natural waters. In Spain they're also exerting a negative effect on endemic Cobitis populations. If there's any chance of them surviving the whole year round outdoors in your country, I'd strongly advise against it.
See the lowest temperature?
If your pond will stay at least that warm, then the weather loach may be fine outdoors year round. Otherwise, better to bring them in for the winter.
Happy fish keeping!
They are coldwater fish, and if yours has been bred and raised in aquariums all its life, it would be best to continue letting it live in a covered tank.
Besides, aren't they cute enough to want to spoil? That's best done in an aquarium where you can watch their cute antics and give them treats (not too often though -- not good to overfeed).
In an open pond, they would also be vulnerable to predation. Water birds, cats, water snakes -- all could make a meal of them. If you want yours as a pet, it needs the protection of an in-home aquarium with carefully selected, peaceful mates.
On the subject of mates, Dojos are a social fish and fare better with more than one. A group of no fewer than three of them is preferred.
I ran this past my little dojos, and they vetoed the pond idea, fins down!
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