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Old 01-23-2020, 03:44 PM   #1
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Been keeping fish most of my life. I currently have all fresh water. I have three tanks up and running. A 29 with 5 angel fish, all saved from a Walmart. I had an empty 20 deep wait for some mail order black banded sunfish to pan out. When they didnít, I bought a young tiger Oscar on a whim. I havenít had a Oscar in over 30 years. I know, the tank is too small. He has a ton of room, for now. The black bandedís are actually happening. I should have 4 this time next week. They have to go in a 10 gallon now. Iíve wanted black banded sunfish since I was a teenager and have only seen them in public aquarium.
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Well hello and welcome to the community!!!

Are the Black Banded Sunfish tank bred / raised? Sunfish are really neat little fish!

An Oscar! They are really nice looking fish, and can have such a big personality!

Congrats on helping out some of the fish which need a caring home.
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Old 01-30-2020, 06:23 AM   #3
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The blackbandedís were wild caught, I believe. But and issue came up with them. So, Iím getting captive bred blue spotted sunfish. Not giving up on the blackbandedís, yet. I will eventually get some.
The Oscar was a impulse buy. I havenít kept them for years. It looked neglected at the pet store.
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The blackbandedís were wild caught, I believe. But and issue came up with them. So, Iím getting captive bred blue spotted sunfish. Not giving up on the blackbandedís, yet. I will eventually get some.
The Oscar was a impulse buy. I havenít kept them for years. It looked neglected at the pet store.
Blue Spotted Sunfish are sweet little fish! Can't wait to see the tank and fish. Hope they work out. My eye has been on the Pygmy Sunfish but Not enough time and room for more fish tanks for me right now! It will have to suffice with other's awesome fish!
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This - maybe you have seen these listings
Jonah's Aquarium... Elassoma zonatum, banded pygmy sunfish 7 & 9, captived raised (Bodcaw Creek, Arkansas)

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Old 01-31-2020, 06:21 AM   #6
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Those are cool. I like the ones that light up blue. Live food is a must, though.
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:40 PM   #7
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I just received 7 blue spotted sunfish today. Never got fish in the mail before. Acclimating them now. Very tiny guys.
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Ooooh, exciting. I hope all goes well! It is surprising they can do alright! Youngish ones are usually more easily adaptable to changes and stresses.
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Oh, yeah, and it is the standard mantra, pics or it didn't happen!
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Awww!

It really did happen, lol. Lil cuties.

Well how are they behaving in their new environment?

Did they all make the initial acclimation???
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Oh hi! Another Maryland-er!

Oscars are such primadonnas in my experience, lol. Need to be in charge of everything. Those are cute little sunnies! I hope they grow nice and beautiful for you!
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All seven acclimated well. I have two blackbanded sunfish with me now. Picked them up in southern Maryland and had to stop at my Wifeís job in Baltimore. Their similar to exact size as the others. They supposed to be 100% compatible. Pics once they get acclimated.
I havenít had an Oscar since the 80ís. This guy is cool and growing. But that tank was meant for the sunfish. I got tired of seeing it empty. Now itís raining sunfish!
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:43 PM   #15
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Anyone know where to get adult brine shrimp online? Every store that sells them
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Maybe grow your own! I might have heard of some place that sends small bbs. Can't recall name right now.
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Saw some advertised on ebay, 19.99 plus shipping, check the ratings though, I have never used them. Raising your own much more cost effective.
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Iíve been trying to grow my own brine shrimp. They never seem to grow much and die out before long. Maybe the salinity is fluctuating.

Better news. The blackbandedís seem to be taking to frozen brine shrimp. They have to look like shrimp and be sinking. They wonít eat off the bottom. All seven blue spotted will eat off the bottom. And are almost twice as fast at the blackbandedís.
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