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Old 08-10-2008, 03:04 PM   #11
 
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No, sorry. Unless you turned your basement into a tank you can't keep him.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:08 PM   #12
 
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Uh...now that you mention it...that's EXACTLY what it looks like.

Here's a picture:

http://cstc.bc.ca/images/Sturgeon%20...2007%20003.jpg
Those are juvenals, these are almost full grown ones, I actually took these pictures at the biodome in montreal...


This one isn't even full size... I used this photo just to show size comparison to people.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:21 PM   #13
 
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I just did some poking around. The fish you've got definitely looks like a sturgeon of some sort, but I'm not sure if it's an Atlantic sturgeon. However, The smallest sturgeon species I found grows to 30 inches or so, so if it is in fact a sturgeon, it will get much too large for a 55 gallon tank. Also, many species of sturgeon are endangered.

Before you do anything with it, I would wait until you get some sort of positive ID by someone who really knows their fish. I'm hesitant to say without a doubt that you've got a sturgeon because the fish in your tank is very small for a sturgeon, making identification difficult.

One more quick thing: the species most commonly kept by hobbyists is the shovelnose sturgeon, which has been successfully raised in captivity and is sometimes sold in pet stores. These fish can grow 8 inches in six months' time.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:36 PM   #14
 
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This post has been driving me nuts. I really want to know what kind of sturgeon this is...



This is a white sturgeon juvenal



This is a lake sturgeon juvenal



This is a green sturgeon juvenal



And this is an atlantic. They come in darker colours too. These are just a few types. The ones that most looked like yours. What one do you think looks more like yours?
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:05 PM   #15
 
THEY LOOK TO CLOSE TO TELL KINDA LOOKS LIKE THE ATLANTICK BUT THE GUY TOLD ME THEY GET LIKE 12 IN IF I KEEP IT IN THIS SMALL TANK WILL IT STILL GROW FULL SIZE.IM JUST GONNA GO TO THE FISH STORE TOMOR AND FIND OUT FOR SURE BUT I THINK THEY DONT EVEN KNOW FOR SURE
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:52 PM   #16
 
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If it is a shovelnose sturgeon (which I believe it is) then, according to fishbase, it will max out at 100 cm, which is over three feet in length. Also, the fish is considered endangered. It may or may not be illegal to own the fish.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:44 PM   #17
 
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That tank would kill it. You need to return it to the fish store and tell them what kind of fish they are selling to people and check to see if its even legal. Then if it is they have to know to tell people when they buy that fish. Thats ridiculous. That kind of fish shouldn't be sold to people unless they own a public aquarium or they know what they are doing and have massive tanks. Like really, it makes me kind of mad.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:47 PM   #18
 
i called the fish store today the guy said hes not sure which one and hes gonna call the supplier and find out. this fish is so beatyful and fun to watch.very friendly and very active always swimming in circles. its really gonna bother me if i have to give it up, to me it completed my tank. are there any sturgeons that this might be to give me a chance to keep it. theres no other fish ive seen to replace it with. its the perfect fish that fits my taste in a community tank maybe u guys can help me find a replacement if i have to give it up
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:54 PM   #19
 
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You would need a really big tank to keep any sturgeon. And I don't think they make good community fish once they are bigger. I'm not sure about that one though.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:02 PM   #20
 
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Like I said, even the smallest sturgeon gets to be about three feet long, plus the fact that many are endangered and it might be illegal to even have it.

Before you go returning it to the fish store, you should wait until someone who really knows their stuff can give it a good ID. Also, if it is a sturgeon, I'm not sure that returning it to the pet store would be your best option. It might be better to call some authorities or maybe give it to an aquarium or something.

It's hard for me to recommend another fish since you've got such a big assortment. Other fish that might behave similarly to the sturgeon would maybe be some type of catfish, but most of the more active catfish would likely eat your smaller fish.
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