Lepomis macrochirus or Bluegill
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A member of the sunfish family, also called a Bream (pronounced Brim) or Panfish.
The native North american species that can be found nearly all the way across the country and thrives in waters from 60 degrees F - 80 degrees F.
They exhibit beautiful natural colors of blues, greens red and oranges that would rival any store bought tropical fish.
North American Native Tanks are fast becoming popular type of aquatic fish tank set up in the aquarium hobby
Bluegill, like Cichlids can develop a "fishonality" and become use to their owners presence.
Once the Bluegill is familiar with their owner, they can be very interactive and a pleasure to watch or keep.
Bluegill inhabit shallow waters of many lakes and ponds, along with slow-moving areas of streams and small rivers. Bluegill love hiding in or around underwater structure, plants or weeds and are considered ambush predators. They feed on snails, smaller fish, crayfish, flies, worms, crickets, nymphs or just about any other small insect they can suction into their mouth.
Bluegill are also part of the food chain themselves for larger fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. They can be caught in some states as game fish and even be used for bait to catch larger species of fish, including Large Mouth Bass and Catfish.
(Check your state laws before fishing for Bluegill, using as a baitfish or owning one)