Types of Fish for Your Backyard Pond in Michigan

There are many different types of fish you can choose to incorporate into your backyard pond in Michigan. Fortunately, in general, most all types of backyard pond fish can live together in harmony. The fish, however, have different attributes and qualities you should be aware of before making your choice. There are fish that stay along the bottom, fish that eat algae and plants, fish that eat on the surface, fish who are almost always visible, and fish who camouflage themselves. In this post, we will look at the different qualities pond fish possess as well as what fish are suitable for a backyard pond.

First, here is a list of fish that will likely be suitable for your backyard pond: algae eater (gobi), koi, goldfish, fathead minnow, rosette, sturgeon, shubunkin, golden tench, golden orfes, and sunfish. To learn more about each species, you can find a lot of information online. You should also speak with backyard pond professionals in order to determine what types of fish are appropriate and will thrive in your backyard pond based on its size, plant life, and more.

Unsurprisingly, there are fish who spend a lot of their time at the surface of the pond and there are fish that spend their time along the bottom digging. Typically, surface fish will create a less messy pond as they are cleaning up the top and not digging into the pond, stirring stuff up. These fish, especially those that are eye-catching need to have refuge and protection from predators. We offer caves that can be incorporated into your pond to help keep your fish safe.

At Great Lakes Pondscapes, customer service and satisfaction is our number one priority. If you have questions about pond fish, please do not hesitate to contact us. If we cannot answer your questions, we will point you in the right direction!