Cyprinus Carpio

Species Information

Western Europe throughout Eurasia to China, and South-East Asia and from Siberia to the Mediterranean and India. One of the first species to be introduced into other countries and now attains global distribution. Inland aquaculture and capture fisheries contributions proved to be very significant. A reophilic wild population in the Danube is assumed to be the origin of the European species; this population is now under threat. Several countries report adverse ecological impact after introduction.

Hardy and tolerant of a wide variety of conditions.

They are omnivorous, feeding mainly on aquatic insects, crustaceans, annelids, mollusks, weed and tree seeds, wild rice, aquatic plants and algae; mainly by grubbing in sediments.

Spawn in spring and summer, laying sticky eggs in shallow vegetation.

Water, pH range: 7.0 - 7.5; dH range: 10.0 - 15.0  

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