Growth performance tests were carried out with a total of five different strains of tench (Tinca tinca L.) originating from the Czech Republic (4) and Germany (1). Tench larvae and juveniles were reared in closed recirculating systems for 446 to 452 days, respectively. At the end of each test, the tench strains showed differences in performance, e.g. specific growth rates (SGR) from 2.13 to 2.52, feed conversion ratios (FCR) from 1.75 to 3.65 kg feed per kg weight gain, and survival rates from 64.4 to 81.0%. Thus, appropriate strain selection appears to have the potential to remarkably increase productivity of the species. The highest SGR was observed in the Vodnany 96 strain in the first trial and the best FCR in the Tabor strain in the second trial. However, the rearing conditions in the recirculating systems were not optimal for tench; many fish with deformed bones (head, fins, spine) were observed in all strains, particularly in the faster-growing strains.