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nickchapman
05-27-2013, 03:16 PM
I am very interested in keeping some native fish. I am thinking about orange spotted sunfish. though they seem like the hardest to find. If not that one, then either a dollar sunfish or longear sunfish. does anyone have experience keeping any of these and what tank mates could I keep?

jlcoop277
05-27-2013, 03:41 PM
I had a bluegill and a longear sunfish in my 100g community tank for about 2-3 months until they settled in and started beating up the rest of the fish.
I pulled them out of the pond at work while I was cleaning it, they were around .5" when I brought them home. They were about 2-2.5" when I gave them away.
Pretty cool, one day I might dedicate a tank just for natives.

oscar-lover
05-27-2013, 03:43 PM
I have a bluegill if you want one, about 4",trained to eat pellets, free, they are fun fish

KingBichir
05-27-2013, 03:44 PM
i have a blue gill, a pumkin seed and 2 other sunfish with my oscars and jag. they are awsome. very active and have cool patterns in their scales.

nickchapman
05-27-2013, 03:46 PM
thanks jlcoop. you def. should have a native tank :)

Oscar-lover, I may take you up on that offer if I cant find what I am looking for. What tankmates do you keep with the bluegill?

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king bichir i do love the look of the pumpkin seed. where did u get your sunfish?

bc76645
12-23-2013, 04:52 PM
I vote....:) for the long ear..they are beautiful.

jlcoop277
12-24-2013, 12:22 PM
FG has some sunfish for sale right now, I forget which kind they are

oscar-lover
12-25-2013, 08:47 PM
I believe they are longear sunfish

elbandito78
12-26-2013, 11:43 PM
I vote....:) for the long ear..they are beautiful.

Seconded! They are my favorite of the sunfishes in Texas.

pam916
12-29-2013, 10:14 PM
NANFA is a good site for native fish.

nickchapman
05-19-2015, 09:04 AM
Hey everyone, I am back on the hunt for some fun fish. at the time I started this thread I wanted sunfish, and still do. but, my girlfriend was dying to put her goldfish in my tank so I never did anything. Now that gold fish has gone away and I am back on the hunt for something fun like a sunfish. If I go this route, what are some acceptable tank mates(not necessarily native) for the sunfish mentioned in this thread?

pam916
05-21-2015, 10:58 PM
Depending on the sunfish, they can be aggressive so keep that in mind when you get tank mates.

bigyoung
05-22-2015, 01:08 PM
SA/CA cichlids.

bbrianmo11
08-17-2016, 12:30 PM
How did this turn out?

I've kept sunfish, bass, catfish, bullheads, and perch over the years. For sunfish you'll need similarly minded aggressive fish, like bigyoung said - SA/CA cichlids would be a good match up.

nickchapman
08-17-2016, 12:32 PM
never purchased them. The ones I wanted were not available.

did SA geophagus red head Tapajos instead.

bbrianmo11
08-17-2016, 12:39 PM
Still a great choice!

nickchapman
08-17-2016, 02:35 PM
Thanks. I ended up selling them and the 100g tank I kept them in a couple weeks ago.

now I only have my cacatoo tank
guppy tank
shrimp tank
saltwater tank
and a tank at work. lol

bbrianmo11
08-18-2016, 10:36 AM
Nice. I'm just getting back into this hobby and am already thinking of four tanks I want to do.
1. SA/CA Cichlid tank. Probably start with a 20-40 for this as I know I'll need to upgrade and then probably keep the original tank for quarantine/fry along the way.
2. African Cichlid. Probably Malawi as I've done that before. Similar issues with tank size requirements as above unless I do shellies this go around.
3. Planted tank. Probably a mix of south American fish. Apisto, GBR, rummynose tetra, some neons, otos, cories.
4. Debating on a native tank. I've had bluegills/sunfish before and might go that route.

nickchapman
08-18-2016, 08:42 PM
1. heck yeah
2. shellies for sure
3. apistos rock!
4. orange spotted sunfish

bbrianmo11
08-19-2016, 06:26 AM
Orange spotted sunfish looks interesting. Seems they don't get too big either, something like 15cm from what I'm reading, which is good I would think. Pretty looking fish as well, looking like a good choice.

Shellies, never had before. They do seem quite interesting for their behavior and when the males color up.

Apistos do rock. :D

As for the SA/CA tank...that will probably be last as it will be the largest tank I'll have most likely. Weaning myself into the aquarium scene again is probably smart.

nickchapman
08-19-2016, 08:29 AM
from my readings on the orange spotted sunfish, it seems they are not quite as aggressive as most other sunfish.

I have thought about doing shellies myself, but never actually have

Yes taking it slow is a great idea, because before you know it your GF or wife is telling you to get rid of some of it.

Queue
08-19-2016, 04:53 PM
I always loved how Longear sunfish look. Greens are super aggressive. Orange spotted and Pumpkinseed sunfish look nice as well. I kept natives for a little while, to my surprise they were easy to get on pellets.

dragonlady
08-19-2016, 06:13 PM
You arn't kidding about greens. I cleared my pond and pulled 5 out as the pond was being rebuilt, had to seperate with dividers to keep them from bullying each other. Put back in a couple of months ago, there were only 3 by then.

nickchapman
08-19-2016, 07:30 PM
I love all sunfish, but many of them are so aggressive that you can only have 1 per tank. Reading on the orange spotted, they dont seem as aggressive as most

Queue
08-19-2016, 08:09 PM
That was one of the reasons why I got rid of them. They either killed each other or the less aggressive ones would just hide in fear all day and the strong one was all I'd see.

bowhead
08-19-2016, 10:42 PM
We currently have two sunfish and are trying to find more. We keep them in a native tank with Small Spotted Gar. You can see one of our sunfish in far left in the attached picture. I think that one is a Long Eared Sunfish. He really colors up when he is nesting. I have searched locally for more and have found a couple of Long Ears in Bear Creek at Benbrook lake. Most of the Sunfish I have found around here are Green Sunfish. I can catch those by the dozen. I was hoping to find Orange Spotted in the Trinity River feed into Benbrook (The last place NAFTA website reported them in this vicinity) but all I caught was a Tilapia. I was very disappointed. I can help thinking that the Tilapia and Green Sunfish are eliminating the other specie of Sunfish.

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Michael
08-20-2016, 08:52 AM
Nice tank! The spotted gar are spectacular.

Queue
08-20-2016, 08:47 PM
That Long ear looks amazing, so do the gar.