Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

So, has anyone tried to set up an aquarium just for Bluegills? Is it legal? Any suggestions?

Views: 1049

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

…been thinking about doing the same thing... i have a 55 gallon in storage id like to get going with some bluegill, seeds and crappie. i want to start them out small

I've been thinking the same thing but with a couple redbreasts .

Ive set up several over the years.
Nuttin to it. Just dont include anything smaller than them - they will gobble up little fish like tetras.
I made mine all bluegill, with a few plecos to root in the bottom. That's best.

No fancy water tricks, just treat em like a regular aquarium fish: clean water with regular water changes.
Just make sure the tank is established BEFORE introducing them normally. Also, adhere closely to the 1" of fish per gallon of water rule of thumb- so plan ahead. They'll grow pretty quick, when well fed and unmolested in a sheltered environment.
They dont need special food, just regular aquarium types. But they eat a lot.
I would also toss in flies, fleas, bugs out the yard, ticks, moths, grubs, regular worms - they don't care. They eat it all
as for legality, its not a problem if youre not caught. All kidding aside, Im not aware of any restrictions, anywhere, against the practice.
And its always easier to get forgiveness than permission

Thumbs up!

…thanks David ... what substrate do you recommend?

The funny redneck answer:
"Substrate? Shoot... just get you some rocks and gravel from the pond where you got yer fish!"
Seriously, I've literally done this. Plus water logged wood from the same water is nice. I like a bio-tope, or natural habitat aquarium.
Just soak your rocks and wood for 3-4 days in strong salt brine to kill micro-hitchhikersm then rinse well (NEVER use bleach, disinfectants or soap/detergents. Just brine).

Easier still is a mix of store bought gravel, with native rocks and wood. That's the way I'd go if I were setting up a biotope aquarium today.

If you want to grow rooted plants, then include an inch of potting soil between two layers of the gravel. Or do the gravel/rocks/wood thing and grow the plants in small pots. This also allows you to remove them for cleaning, repotting, or swapping out.

What size of tank did you have? I am setting up a 75 gallon and am wondering if I can have more than one sunfish.

How many bluegill did you have? 

this one would have been great for the aquarium

I have to say, I'd be shocked if anyone successfully keeps a home aquarium containing bluegill, pumpkinseed, redbreast, etc. For starters, you'll need a very large aquarium because they'll need A LOT of space. Most likely, if you have a tank under 150 gallons (probably need an even larger one), the fish will become stunted in size which is very unhealthy for the fish. Other than larger, commercial aquariums, I have never seen a home aquarium housing these types of fish. Keep in mind, these are not the types of fish you can buy in pet stores which have been bred for home aquariums. You can prove me wrong, but I can almost guarantee these fish do not survive in a home aquarium environment.

I've had aquariums like that for many years ... the last one was a 55 gal, but it started to leak so had to drain it, the fish were fine until then ... have also used them to keep minnows and craws alive almost indefinitely ... just picked up a 75 that I'll be stocking as soon as I get it set up ... I'll put just about anything in there, this time going to try numerous different species, various sunnies, a perch or 2, chubs, a crappie, a bass ... I like to watch them swim around and I've picked a couple pointers watching them eat ...  if they get to big I eat them   ;-)

What kind of substrate are you using for the sunnies?

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Gills are Chewing too......5/9/2021

"Here's hoping you guys get a break up there soon John..........I moved my nephew's trip…"
10 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Gills are Chewing too......5/9/2021

"Slow beginning up here too Jeff !Stable reliable weather would be welcome !"
12 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

Bullheads looking pregnant

"oh ok Jeff ,Perch spawn is over up here perhaps and I suspect the Post spawn Perch are deep "
12 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Gills are Chewing too......5/9/2021

"Hey Troy thanks......we are also seeing up and down water temps and unseasonably low…"
13 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

Bullheads looking pregnant

"Hey John, I was just comparing this bullhead to some of those pregnant perch you see.....very…"
13 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Alot of Net Use Today.....5/9/2021

"Indeed, I never target largemouth anymore but catch plenty the way I fish for crappie and…"
13 hours ago
Troy Dorman commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Gills are Chewing too......5/9/2021

"Nice fish!! It's been a very unstable spring here in Kentucky. I have fished pretty hard from…"
14 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
16 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
16 hours ago
Allen commented on Jose mejia's blog post MY FIRST EVER CRAPPY!
"Congratulations"
16 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Alot of Net Use Today.....5/9/2021

"You can see how small the panfish jig looks in the largemouth's cartlidge.........."
17 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
17 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
17 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

SCA's on the Albemarle....5/8/2021

"Thanks Bruce.....we love it here......can be a little hectic during Hurricane season but you…"
18 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Squeezed in a few hours at first light....limit of gills and over a dozen largemouth.....water and temps down from a week ago..."
18 hours ago
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

SCA's on the Albemarle....5/8/2021

"You live in a beautiful area, Jeffrey."
19 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

SCA's on the Albemarle....5/8/2021

Small Craft advisories widespread today in coastal North Carolina....it looks beautiful today in…
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on Bruce Condello's group www.BigBullhead.com
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on Bruce Condello's group www.BigBullhead.com
yesterday
John Sheehan posted a photo

Bullheads Turtles and CatFish

Two rigs 1)a sliding egg sinker /split shot Rig#1Hook with Hotdog piece or cut Shiner.2) A split…
yesterday

© 2021   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service