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Old 03-14-2007, 12:00 AM   #1
 
help with my tank

i currently have four fresh water perch in my tank and i would like any information on how i can keep them alive habitat feeding and how to keep the tank clean
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:36 AM   #2
 
how big is your tank? filter? heater? plants? need some specifications ...
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:57 AM   #3
 
i have a twenty gallon tank with some rocks and deer horns what i need is someone to tell me exactly what i need in my tank to help them be happy fish they are freshwater perch that my son caught while we were fishing i dont have a heater in the tank cause we were ice fishing
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:38 AM   #4
 
how big are the perch? i ask because most perch that i have encountered are about 6-9 inches. and if that is the case for yours, then the tank is overstocked.

im not trying to be rude, but ive never heard of anyone keeping perch in a tank.

you are going to need a filtration unit of some kind. biowheel filters are relatively cheap to buy. get one rated up to a 50 gallon tank.

here is a bit of info that i found for you...


After you have obtained your fishes, there are two major concerns when looking at keeping these types of animals. One is size, because many North American fish grow large quickly. The other consideration is temperature. Depending on where you obtained your fishes, (from the wild or a fishery), they may need a tank that stays cool. The best way to keep any aquarium environment cool is with a chiller. Many North American fish species prefer temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In many cases temperatures that exceed 75 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit can harm or even kill these animals. I can’t think of any instance where bluegill, bass, walleye or perch were kept in environments that reached high tropical temperatures for continuous periods of time.

The next issue that you will find with North American fishes is their consumption of food and production of waste. Because these fish are fast growing and many are powerful predators, they eat a lot. I would suspect that you will need to start these animals off using only live foods such as grass shrimp and feeder fish. You will need to condition them to accept prepared or frozen foods. Your goal in the end would be to have an aquarium full of fish that accept easy-to-feed prepared foods. You will likely find that these fishes grow very quickly, and in the case of large- or smallmouth bass consume anything they can get into their mouths.

That leads to the next thing to remember when looking at these animal’s requirements. You will need a very large aquarium! I would recommend a 180- to 200-gallon tank when hoping to house large North American fish. I would also recommend a sand bottom and lots of rockwork for hiding. Natural or artificial plants could be employed and while it may not be native, anacharis makes a hardy addition to any captive freshwater environment.

North American native fish species are not really tough keepers but just fish that have a slightly different set of requirements than the tropicals we know and love. Cool water, a large aquarium, plenty of food and frequent partial water changes are all part of the equation that leads to successfully housing these unique fishes.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:13 PM   #5
 
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I have kept perch and bass in aquariums before. I think they're related to chiclids (like oscars), so they share a lot of behaviour patterns. Treat them like coldwater oscars: no heater, very heavy filtration, big tank. You can have a thin sand or gravel substrate (or bare bottom) and be sure to use plenty of rocks and wood to give them enough hiding places. I don't know if the deer antlers in the tank is a good idea, I would think that they would leach way too much calcium into the water or something. I don't know how harmful that would be to the fish, but it would make the tank a bugger to clean.

As for feeding, start off with live food and gradually switch them over to pellets and frozen food. Mine got so tame they would take pieces of meat from my hand.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:18 PM   #6
 
tank you very much the perch are about 5 inches well the biggest one is that long any way and i am only keeping them because my 5 year old caught them when we were ice fishing and when were came home there were four that were alive so i put them in my tank and he thinks that is so cool i am currently feeding them gold fish or as he calls them gold minnows cause we caught them with minnows i have a good filter and i will do a twenty five percent water exchange when needed thank you david godin
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:54 PM   #7
 
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tank you very much the perch are about 5 inches well the biggest one is that long any way and i am only keeping them because my 5 year old caught them when we were ice fishing and when were came home there were four that were alive so i put them in my tank and he thinks that is so cool i am currently feeding them gold fish or as he calls them gold minnows cause we caught them with minnows i have a good filter and i will do a twenty five percent water exchange when needed thank you david godin
define when needed, also i think the tank is too small if they are closely related to large cichlids
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