Carp Bream (Abramis brama)

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Carp Bream

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Carp Bream

Abramis brama

757 Litres (200 US G.)

30-80 cm (11.8-31.5")


1 - 1.010


7.0 - 7.5

10 -24 °C (50-75.2°F)

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

1-20 years



Additional names

Carp Bream, Common Bream, Bronze Bream

Additional scientific names

Abramis argyreus, Abramis brama bergi, Abramis brama danubii, Abramis brama orientalis, Abramis brama sinegorensis, Abramis gehini, Abramis media, Abramis melaenus, Abramis microlepidotus, Abramis vetula, Abramis vulgaris, Cyprinus brama


Found throughout Europe and Asia, primarily found in most European drainages from Adour (France) to Pechora (White Sea basin); Aegean Sea basin, in Lake Volvi and Struma and Maritza drainages[1].


Similar to Goldfish in that mature males will develop white pimples on their gill plates and vents will be visible during spawning season.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Public aquaria only. These are temperate fish that need to be in large shoals, and seeing as they are so large, need exceptionally large tanks or a pond. Or are best left in the wild, this is a game fish and can be eaten.


Bottom feeders, will sift through substrate looking for small crustaceans. Will also eat aquatic plants and plankton.

Feeding regime[edit]

Twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Inhabits slow-moving freshwater rivers, and sometimes brackish estuaries, lives in shoals near the bottom, constantly looking for food on the river bed.


A large shoaling peaceful fish.


Slender laterally flattened high-backed body, coloured silver when young, sometimes matures to a rich bronze colour. Can be mistaken for Blicca bjoerkna (Silver Bream) when young.



  1. Fishbase Distribution

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