Finally able to set up my 55
I have been stumped, annoyed, and frustrated as to what I can do with my 55 gallon tank. I so badly want to keep fish in it, so, I asked the Florida Fish and wildlife Commision if I can keep native fish in the tank. They said yes, as long as they were caught by legal means....(So much for the dynamite) I want to try my hand at a native florida aquarium, housing only florida species. I don't know if it will work or not, but I don't see any reason that it won't.
I will be stocking it with, if I can find some, "specks" (Black Crappie) bluegill, and or redear sunfish. I don't know how many I can keep. I was thinking on the lines of either 5 or 6 to a 55 gallon tank. I know the bluegill alone can get upwards of 14 inches, that's pretty big for a bluegill, I know specks get even bigger, so I may end up scaling it down as they grow, and throw the rest in the pond.
My trick will be to catch/buy small ones, as small as I can get, and try to get them to eat pellets. I don't think that will be a problem, if they are small enough. Catching them is another matter.
I wonder what I can use to clean the bottom. You can't put a bullhead in there, can you?
Surface fish will be the florida flag fish, but that is not a given, as they may just be a snack latter on for the other game fish.
I could put a bass in there too, but they get downright mean, and no other fish could be housed with them, unless it is another bass, so that's out.
Any suggestion guys?
75 gallon planted tank with discus, GBR's and cardinals
135 gallon saltwater FOWLR work in progress and desperately need help
I would just get a couple bluegill. becuase if you get any more you will be heavily overstocked. And for the bottom you can try catching a sculpin or a couple crayfish.
Sounds like an interesting project. I can't help unfortunately, I just don't know anything about keeping the fish you list, but I'll be interested to hear of the ongoing progress!
8 tanks running now:
1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.
I'd look to see what local minnow species you had...
55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed