Will they visit?: Western Pygmy Perch thrive in garden ponds
Natural Distribution: Common and widespread across the South West and Perth region
Pygmy Perch – (C) Stephen Beatty
Habitat at a Glance
See Habitat Guide for more detail
Shelter: Vegetated ponds
Water: Shallow water containers and frog ponds
ReWild Benefit: Pest control
Habitat Guide - Shelter
No frog pond is complete without a few Pygmy Perch. After all, they don’t disturb tadpoles, frogs, or their eggs! They are easily found in aquarium shops for stocking in outdoor ponds. They are popular because of their hardy nature and ease of breeding. The pond should be stocked with logs, rocks and floating vegetation to provide them places to hide.
Pygmy Perch can tolerate a range of water conditions and frog ponds. They enjoy both flowing and still water and you can get good advice from your local aquarium shop. Having grasses vegetation around a frog pond will attract insects the Perch will feed off.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Pygmy Perch eat invertebrates including insects. Growing an array of native shrubs and groundcovers around the pond will attract invertebrates to the garden.