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karbison
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Location : watertown, NY
Favorite Fish: : right now i have two bluegills in a tank... looking to add others

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PostSubject: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 12:48 pm

what type of fish can i keep saftly with blugills? im trying to set a natural aquarium 100 gallon tank. i live in NNY
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Location : Mansfield, TX
Favorite Fish: : African Cichlids of all kinds.

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 2:59 pm

Good question. I have never kept any myself but I am sure someone here will know. Some kind of catfish for sure.

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lifeisgood
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Location : Beaverton , MI
Favorite Fish: : My Favorites are the Pleco's and Cory Cats . BUT , I have 44 running Tanks at this time . I keep 3 kinds of Shellies , several types of Pleco's ( mostly Ancistrus ), Cichlids , Crays , Angels , LB's , and some local species .

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 3:03 pm

You do not want any minnows . Adult crays are ok as are most natural fishes that they can not fit in their mouths . I have lots of rocky structure and such for things to hide in.
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karbison
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Favorite Fish: : right now i have two bluegills in a tank... looking to add others

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 3:34 pm

so far i have it decorated with driftwood, alot of live local type plants, some large rocks. i do keep minnows in there to give them a little extra of their natural habitat. yes they get eaten, but its addition to the worms and such that i give them. everything so far that is in there is from their natural habitat that they came from. i personally love it.
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lifeisgood
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Location : Beaverton , MI
Favorite Fish: : My Favorites are the Pleco's and Cory Cats . BUT , I have 44 running Tanks at this time . I keep 3 kinds of Shellies , several types of Pleco's ( mostly Ancistrus ), Cichlids , Crays , Angels , LB's , and some local species .

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 3:43 pm

Fish tanks that are centered on local fishes are awesome ! I have a 6 foot long "stream" type tank for my bass.
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Favorite Fish: : Raymond the Stingray and Jack the Ghostknife.


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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 5:00 pm

Any other sunfish would do fine, check into red ears, pumpkin seeds, green sunfish, rock bass...there is a huge list of species. Perch, bullhead and bigger mud-minnows would work too. Bluegill are not aggressive at all compared to most other sunfish.

As for minnows, many species get bigger than most people think. I was able to keep a school of spot-fin shiners alive with a 5-inch diameter spiny soft shell turtle in the same tank, which I housed over the winter one year. They doubled in size fast and are now close to 4 inches long living at my uncles in a hydroponics sump tub.
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karbison
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Favorite Fish: : right now i have two bluegills in a tank... looking to add others

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 5:05 pm

lol the shiner minnows are getting to be pretty good size about three inches i personally think they just add to the tank (though they started out as food)
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Location : Florida
Favorite Fish: : all of them that the problem but I do favor the shubunkins.

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 7:06 pm

I love the pumpkin seed sunfish, one of my favorite lake fish when I lived in Michigan. We also had the large orange carp that I loved.
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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime3/10/2011, 7:10 pm

i had 2 in with my oscars, bass, red-tail catfish, pacu, and pleco. they did fine. not aggressive at all.

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Madmax0r
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Location : Austin Texas
Favorite Fish: : Texas Cichlids (mainly Herichthys cyanoguttatus), Rock bass, and other native Texas fish



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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime4/27/2011, 2:20 pm

In my experience blue gills actually get along great as long as the other fish arn't on par with something like mollies in they're aggression level.

an added note, recently I have been using bluegills as what people call "the whipping boy" when breeding texas cichlids. they are smart and fast and almost never get bitten

I have successfully kept bluegills with many different texas cichlids now. Im sure that other cichlids would work as well

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2SciCrazed
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Location : Middle TN
Favorite Fish: : Anything that's not belly up!

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PostSubject: Re: blue gills   blue gills Icon_minitime5/6/2011, 12:29 pm

small mouth bass, any other sunfish, catfish, plecos

Of the native fish, bluegills are the toughest and can handle a wide range of water temps/chemistries. I've toyed with the idea of putting some green terrors in with mine - but pumpkinseeds are very striking too!
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