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Bluegill or Bream Growers

The often overlooked fish option that can handle the high temperatures like tilapia but also the cool temperatures like catfish but still be small enough for a 100 gallon tank and acceptable to eat for people who refuse fish who lack scales.

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There are various suppliers, and it depends on which store is near you. Carolina Fish Hatchery has a published schedule (south Virginia, No....

 

I called my local Southern States. Here's the link to their storefinder. The Southern States pond page says:

"Where can I obtain fish to stock in my pond?

"Southern States dealers sponsor a Fish Days promotion where pond owners can order different species of fish to stock their ponds. Check with your local Southern States dealer for the Fish Days promotion in your area."

 

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Bluegill Breeding

Started by George. Last reply by Phillip R. 'Cloudpiler' Landis May 12. 11 Replies

Anyone doing it in tanks or planning to do it?  How?  Any strategy for culturing phytoplankton/zoo plankton in the tank prior to breeding?  Thoughts on selective breeding?Continue

New Bluegill System

Started by Special Ed. Last reply by Leo White Bear May 10. 7 Replies

So I am in the process of building my first AP system.  Ive got a 55 gallon FT with a 55 gallon sump, and two 35 gallon grow beds, planning on a CHIFT PIST setup.  I live in northern Nevada where it…Continue

Feeding Bluegill

Started by Frank Cates. Last reply by Frank Cates Dec 15, 2012. 7 Replies

I have about 50 Bluegill bought as fingerlings in early April from Florida Fish Farms.  Growth has been uneven but I see everyone commenting on that so I won't worry.  Mine seem to eat differently…Continue

bluegill coloring

Started by claude saunders. Last reply by TCLynx Oct 26, 2012. 6 Replies

About 2 weeks ago, I got a dozen 4-6 inch bluegill from a friends 1000 gallon tank and moved them into my 60 gallon tank. They all had a dark color to them originally, but after being introduced to…Continue

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Comment by George on December 20, 2013 at 6:52pm

jeez - how big are they Glenn?

Comment by Glenn Dennis on December 20, 2013 at 6:04pm

I started with 100 HB BG and had a predator problem. Humans.  They are in a green house and I noticed that they all of a sudden began to eat less.  Got a flash light and started looking and could only find about 25.  They hang out near the bottom of the tank.  Can't think of any other animal other than people and a net which is near by could have gotten them.  Hope they were hungry and in need.


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Comment by TCLynx on December 16, 2013 at 4:30pm

Well if they were drastically different sizes when you started, then the bigger ones probably ate lots of the smaller ones.  Of course they jump too.  Where is the tank?  Are they outdoors where jumpers might be eaten by a passing dog, cat or bird?  Is it possible there is a predator bird who has eaten lots of your fish?  Is there a grate over the plumbing that guarantees no fish went through the pump or into the grow beds?  It is astounding how small a pipe a fish will swim into, especially if they were small when you started having fish vanish.

Comment by Leo White Bear on December 16, 2013 at 12:27pm

MAtt

 "I started with 60 fingerlings.  I'm down to 6."

Tough to say, if they are outside you may have a predetory problem, if they are inside it sounds like you have a cat problem, just saying

Comment by George on December 16, 2013 at 9:41am

You found them?

Comment by Matt Rosso 1 hour ago

Sorry folks, It looks like I spoke out of turn.

Comment by Matt Rosso on December 16, 2013 at 8:13am

Hello, thanks for having me in your room.  I started with 60 fingerlings.  I'm down to 6.  I havent found any bodies or bones. the water is clear, I feed them regular pond pellets, like you would for game fish. I don't know where they went.  I have had them since April and they are only about 4 1/2" long.  still move real fast. I'm wanting to use this tank on a micro raft tank, they are dark in color.  Have I got something going on?

Comment by Jay Wolf on May 2, 2013 at 8:31am

One thing to consider with hybrids and I don't know if this has been mentioned yet.  When making (breeding) hybrids, only about 90 - 95% of the population will be true hybrids.  That being said, there is always the possibility of them trying to spawn.  Obviously spawn is triggered by changes in the temperature of the water.  I hope this helps at least a little bit.

Comment by Stephanie Bader on May 1, 2013 at 8:54pm

Well maybe i'll get lucky and there will be a few babies this year. Thanks for the info.

Comment by Matt T. on May 1, 2013 at 8:31pm

I noticed the same thing with my hybrids after I dropped their temp by a couple degrees. They staked out their own territories, and defended it. The larger ones wouldn't even eat for over a month. They are back to normal now though. Give it some time and let nature do its thing, even if they are too young, they still go through the motions. Kind of like young bucks sparring I guess. they won't starve either, and can go long period without food.

Comment by George on May 1, 2013 at 5:50pm

Stephanie:  Possibly pre-spawn behavior, considering the time of year but that's a guess.

 

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