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Old 02-03-2005, 10:57 AM   #1
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Largemouth Bass

Anyone ever consider keeping a Bass? I thought it'd be pretty cool. My buddy caught a channel cat once and kept it in a 55.

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my brother has done this before ! i know in some areas its really not legal to do !

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Old 02-03-2005, 11:35 AM   #3
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My buddy caught a channel cat once and kept it in a 55.
And i hope he upgraded that tank!
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:52 AM   #4
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my brother has done this before ! i know in some areas its really not legal to do !
This is what I always thought in WI. I was suprised to see an LFS with large and small mouth bass along with perch. They were farm raised though. I guess they popular with the college crowd. I do not think it is legal to go catch any game fish though for the aquarium trade.

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Old 02-03-2005, 12:13 PM   #5
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Yes, it can very well be done, but as suggested, check your local and state regulations.
You would need a very large tank as it matures, Bass are territorial and messy eaters/poopers just as larger Cichlids and require IMO atleast a "minimum" of 5gals per inch (keyword "minimum") and as Bass can get large to very large, do the math...

I know of truckstop (I'm a trucker) in Texas that has a beautiful FW tank in excess of 500 gals with multiple Bass and some others tankmates.
I'm pretty sure its a biotope tank and its very impressive!

I've seen other post here and else where talking about different types of Bass, in particular the Peacock Bass, which is a beautiful fish.
Do a search of past post.
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:04 PM   #6
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You can keep a peacock bass but will need a very large aquarium. They are very colorful and I seen them at my lfs.
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I have had several largemout bass in aquariums over the years. They are very interesting and have a lot of personality. It illegal here now without a permit from F&G. They are messy and eat like you can't believe. I have had them go from 3 inches to 12 inches in a year and 16 inches and 2 pounds the next year. If its legal for you they are neat fish.
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I had some large mouth bass accidentally introduced to my pond this year. They ate all of my pupfish & my red shiners (same body size) & most of my mosquitofish (the population is just now recovering). They will literally eat anything including snakes & baby ducks. So any tankmate should be significantly larger than they are.

They are also really smart. I had trouble getting rid of them (the last 2 I had to get with a 22 when they where fishing in the shallows). I literally had tried everything else including electroshocking (I know a fish biologist).

Despite my erm . . . resentment . . . I am sure they would be wonderful specimen fish for a tank. You could probably train them because they are sooo food motivated.
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Old 02-04-2005, 09:10 AM   #9
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thats why they are one of the best Game fish in the USA.
I kept a small largemouth when i was younger. And i have been fishing for
15 years, and i have lakefront property, so i have alot of experiance with this.
I had a small, 8 inch bass, in with a cray fish, a channal cat, a bullhead cat, and some sunfish.

The bass would eat everything, from frogs to fish. They are voracious eaters.

They are also very smart.

How ever ive caught 8 pounders and 12 pounders, and i dont think thats somthing you would want in your tank...
take a look at these monstes: http://www.solarexpert.com/fishing/Bass.html

Ive also kept big bins full of bass, perch, crappie, and sunfish fry.

When these fish spawn in late spring, huge schools of cry swim around the lake in the shallows, i just dip in a butterfly net and take some out, if somehow you could do this, it is very interesting to watch them grow, i always realse them when they reach an inch. however, because i have no where for them, and theres a 300 billion gallon lake for them in my back yard, lol.

A good fish, that wont get bigger than your average oscar, and is VERY pretty, not too aggressive, likes tropical temperatures, is very hardy, and a good eater....
the sun fish!

there are some REALLY pretty ones that rival alot of tropical fish. here are some pics:

http://www.aquarticles.com/images/Vancouver%20Aquarium/p-15%20Juvenile%20pumpkinseed%20sunfish%20(introduce d).jpg <- juvinile pumpkinseed

http://www.njscuba.net/img-uw/other/longear_sunfish.jpg -> longear sunfish

http://floridafisheries.com/images/fish-pic/lep-cya.jpg <- green sunfish

http://www.nativefish.org/Gallery/Lepomis-humilis-1.jpg < both orange spotted sunfish

http://floridafisheries.com/images/fish-pic/lep-mar.jpg <- dollar sunfish

hehe, those should interest you

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