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    what to put in a 29 gallon?

    I'm debating starting up an aquarium. I've got room for a 29 gallon (30x12x28) lxwxh.

    I'm particularly interested in species native to the midwest. Anyone have any good suggestions? Would a couple of small sunfish or perhaps a small bass work in there for any length of time before needing a bigger aquarium? I'm pretty sure I could have a couple small bullheads or other small catfish species in there and they'd be perfectly happy.

    This is probably also going to be a good excuse to start raising nightcrawlers.. as feeders for the fish and also to use for fishing. Are nightcrawlers a good base diet for any particular species, or is that not a good idea, nutritionally speaking?

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    Supposedly fish will only get as big as there tank allows them to. As far as what type of fish blue gill, small/large mouth bass, and maybe a cat fish. I would stay away from any carp.
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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    oh yeah I wouldn't keep carp without a LARGE pool-sized pond.

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    also if anyone knows a good fish forum (even better, something that leans towards north american fish), send me the link!! Until then I'm stuck trying to google some good info

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    Quote Originally Posted by xxxxdopeyxxxx View Post
    Supposedly fish will only get as big as there tank allows them to. As far as what type of fish blue gill, small/large mouth bass, and maybe a cat fish. I would stay away from any carp.
    not always!

    i seriously though i would do a nice colorfull sunfish.
    a crappie might get too large around 14 inches
    a perch would be cool but they get like 14 inches sometimes larger

    alot of native fish get too large, but those are pretty much the most interesting fish i would keep in a tank that small.
    now if you were talking 55 -75 gallon i would do a walleye.

    also note that it must be of legal size limit to have it, so i would go catch a 10" largemouth bass. also bass can get like 18-20" and well into 15lbs or so

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    awesome

    Someday I'd love a larger tank with big north american fish in it, but I have room for a 29 gallon so that's what I'm going to work with.

    A sunfish sounds like a good idea!

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    Quote Originally Posted by nixer View Post
    not always!
    also note that it must be of legal size limit to have it, so i would go catch a 10" largemouth bass. also bass can get like 18-20" and well into 15lbs or so
    only 10". around here large mouth have to be 16" and small mouth have to be 12" or 14". Not positive on the small

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    Quote Originally Posted by matt71915 View Post
    only 10". around here large mouth have to be 16" and small mouth have to be 12" or 14". Not positive on the small
    oops that was supposed to say i wouldnt go and catch a 10" bass and put it in there

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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    I would tell you to get a Coxi, there very cool rat snake. I dont know much about them but what i do know is there very easy to take care of, and they average about 3ft full grown!

    ~RyanF~ ps google it, one of the most beautiful rat snake there are if u ask me.


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    Re: what to put in a 29 gallon?

    Have you considered the types of fish you probably think of as bait?

    Dace, minnows of various sorts, darters (which are amazingly colored in their breeding dress!) might do better than panfish and gamefish in your tank.

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