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NCmatt1990 02-15-2012 08:22 PM

"Lake Theme" aquarium's??
I was wondering if this is something you can actually do or if it is just a crazy idea in my head. Im Getting a 75 gallon aquarium and im wondering if i can do a lake theme of our local lake with all or most of the same type of fish. Im thinking tha this aquarium is too small but thats why im posting...LET ME SEE YOUR THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS!!

BWG 02-15-2012 08:33 PM

Definitely possible. I've done a decent amount of research on keeping American fish since I had given serious thought into setting up a riffle tank with them. If you're in NC then you should have a lot of options for a 75 gallon (I'm jealous of all the colorful minnows they have down south), although I'm not certain which species exactly you have in the lake. Any ideas what you have there?

Forgot to add you'll have to check into your state laws to find out the legality of catching and keeping different species if you want to be legal about it.

NCmatt1990 02-15-2012 08:38 PM

We have largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, minnows(like you said), white bass, perch, catfish. Is there anything different about taking care of it and the fish that are different than a regular freshwater tank?

BWG 02-15-2012 08:49 PM

Largemouth I'm pretty sure wouldn't work. Not sure on crappies since I'm not sure how big they get off the top of my head.
A bluegill would I think work. Lepomis species are aggressive so you'd have to worry about that. Even among Lepomis, bluegills are near the top in nastiness. I don't know that you could do more than one without lots of hostility.
Any idea what kind of minnows?
Bullheads or tomcats? Bullheads get fairly large while tomcats are on the small side.

NCmatt1990 02-15-2012 08:52 PM


BWG 02-15-2012 08:59 PM

Tomcats, aside from stonecats, are community safe. They like to hide a lot, although some species are willing to be out in the open more than others. All of them like plants. They would probably go well with minnows, depending on what kind you have.

thekoimaiden 02-15-2012 11:20 PM

I'm your neighbor to the north! I've done a bit of research into local natives and even kept a native Blue Ridge tank for a professor for a little while. If you want to go with Lepomis I would go with pumpkinseed. They are smaller and nicer than most Lepomis and very pretty. Most catfish (except madtoms) are a little large for your tank, but darters are beautiful and peaceful and plentiful in North Carolina. There are also many minnows that are plentiful and gorgeous. Mountain Redbelly Dace being my favorite. will have more info on catfish even North American cats. The North American Native Fishes Association This will have more info on almost all natives.

BWG 02-16-2012 01:14 AM

Sorry I realize I stupidly said tomcats a few times when I meant to say madtoms. I just wanted to add to some of the sources thekoimaiden gave, since she gave you the best ones on the web. There's a couple books that I know of for keeping native aquariums, North American Native Fish for the Home Aquarium and American Aquarium Fishes. I also have a Peterson field guide that I got for cheap since that was recommended to me. Not sure if you only want fish local fish or not but there are some places online that sell just American native fish.

redchigh 02-16-2012 10:53 AM

I would probably go with minnows instead of large sport fish... Darters and shiners are very attractive.

thekoimaiden 02-16-2012 01:58 PM

Ya. Most of the sport fish aren't even native. A lot were introduced for the industry. Plus they get huge. Much too big for an aquarium. I've been looking online to find a good list with pictures of native NC species. I haven't been able to find one, but here is the list of VA species that I commonly reference. There will be a lot of overlap, but not all will be present in NC. EFISH: The Virtual Aquarium of Virginia Tech You could also try contacting your local game and fish office to see if they have a good list.

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