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    Default Do sunfish make good "wet pets"?


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    I need to type something here because the they don't like it if I post a thread that's just a title so tah-dah!

    It was either that or copying and pasting my thread title.

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    A lot of "native" fishkeepers have sunfish. Depending on what type you get you'll need a big tank. Pumpkinseed and Longear are popular ones.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    I've heard a lot of keepers compare them to the more commonly kept cichlids, in that
    they are curious, fiercely territorial, intelligent and fascinating to watch.
    They may be harder to source though.

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    Here is a good place to start.
    http://www.zimmermansfish.com/

    If you live in an area they are in you could go out and hook one. Though check with local laws before doing so. Some places don't like it if you catch fish to raise them.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    Understand that sunfish/bluegill/warmouth/etc ALL are very aggressive fish. They should have a good school of 6 or more and be the smallest fish in the tank. I have seen them beat up a bass 3x their size with ease in tanks. They also require large homes, they get the same general size as a sevrum.

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    A single would be better than a group in an aquarium. They are very similar to the more/most aggressive cichlids as far as general care. A couple of decent size aquarium nets and a local pond should get you a nice baby to raise. They do grow quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    I've heard a lot of keepers compare them to the more commonly kept cichlids, in that
    they are curious, fiercely territorial, intelligent and fascinating to watch.
    They may be harder to source though.
    Yes they are just like cichlids.

    The sunfish family are essentially the North American cichlids. I don't believe there are (m)any NA cichlids and I don't believe sunfish exist anywhere else but NA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
    Yes they are just like cichlids.

    The sunfish family are essentially the North American cichlids. I don't believe there are (m)any NA cichlids and I don't believe sunfish exist anywhere else but NA.

    they do but not as native as invasive species in japan the emperor released a bunch i think the 50's by accident
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    I'm rating this thread with 5 stars. I think there should be more enthusiasm for NA native fishes. In my opinion there should be more discussion and even a sub forum in the cold water section. The only fish I think are more colorful or beautiful are the salt water species.
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    This was actually an option i was thinking about for my future 55gal tank.
    Sunfish and Bluegill (or Bream around these parts) have beautiful color especially if their native stream, creek or pond has good clear water. (the darker or more brackish the water the less colorful they are).
    I have caught some as large as bass. Without a predator, they can outgrow a tank fast though.

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