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Old 01-18-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Help with Identification Please.

A week ago, I went to the LFS to pick up a few convicts to attempt breeding them for the first time. When I was there they offered me a free baby bass that apparently came in with the feeder fish. They were unable to tell me what kind of bass it is, so I was wondering if someone here could help me ID it.
I currently have it in a small quarantine tank until I know its healthy, and know exactly what it needs. I've been feeding it frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp. (doesnt seem to eat flakes)




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Is a perch I believe rather than a bass. Would do well with chopped earth worms,crickets,pieces of shrimp or krill, and a quality cichlid pellet if you can get the fish to take them. would not place it with smaller fish and would not use live feeders.
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What size tank is it in?
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Right now I have it in a small tank, 5 gallons I think.
What is suitable for this kind of fish? The plan is to put it in my cousin's 55. At the moment its about 2 inches long, but depending on the size it grows to, we may need to find something else to do with it.
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Is a perch I believe rather than a bass. Would do well with chopped earth worms,crickets,pieces of shrimp or krill, and a quality cichlid pellet if you can get the fish to take them. would not place it with smaller fish and would not use live feeders.
Maybe that is what it is. From pictures I've looked at, it definitely looks more like a perch than any bass I could find.
Thanks. We definitely want to try to get it to eat the cichlid pellets. Don't know how we will do that, other than giving it no choice.
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you'll need a 125g at least, maybe more
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:59 PM   #7
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It's definitely a Lepomis species, so not a bass (Micropterus). My guess is that it's a pumpkinseed (L. gibbosus), which may grow to about 10 inches, but are usually about half that size. So there's no need for a particularly large tank.

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Well it shouldn't be in a 5 gallon. Only bettas can be kept in 5g
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Sorry, didn't notice the 5 gallon bit! Yes, I would opt for at least a 30.

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However try to go with the biggest tank and best filter you can afford. And don't forget regular pwcs.
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