01-04-2011, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by RCinAL
BTW... Small American sunfish - Black Banded, Pumpkinseed, Green, and Long Eared to name a few - adapt well to aquariums and are very beautiful and interesting. They have neat personalities, (much like cichlids), and will even spawn, but the cold water requirements make them a challenge to keep long term. They need a several month period of cold water every year to thrive. It takes a pretty good sized tank too. They are quite popular in Europe I am told but may even be slightly illegal to keep in captivity in their native range. I have kept a few over the warmer months but released them in the fall.
My friend keeps his fish at a constant temp all year and they do perfectly fine (he has two pumpkinseeds, a redbreast sunfish and a bluegill)