Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a popular and widespread freshwater fish, which is the most cultured fish in aquaculture worldwide. This carp has a great tolerance and resistance to different environmental conditions, so, no wonder that it is included in the list of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. Despite that, its native wild populations are considered vulnerable to extinction.
As common carps are plant spawners and their eggs need to stick on vegetation to develop properly, a good way to improve its welfare state under farming conditions is providing some enrichment with vegetation. Moreover, as adult individuals are known to feed from invertebrates associated to the bottom substrate, providing them with some substrate in captivity is also important.
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(posted on 2021/09/23)➜
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