considering sunfish for new aquarium
Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:41 AM
How are longears on aggression? Can the smaller northern variety hang with bluegills and pumpkinseeds?
The only online vendors with larger Lepomis that I can find are Zimmerman and this site: http://aquaculturest...om/fwverts.html (I'm not sure if this place will ship to me, read the description for Florida Bass).
I don't think I want Green Sunfish or anything with a large mouth because I was reading a thread in the sunfish forum that was talking about using smaller fish to catch the uneaten food.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:56 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 03:22 PM
I've never heard of that plant before but it might be just what I'm looking for, thanks. I'll email you in a week or two regarding the fish.
I have a lot of the big american valsinaria in my big 200 gallon sunfish tank. I have no soil in this tank and this plant grows like crazy. I think the reason why it works is I chose to use rather fine gravel/course sand out of a local river and planted the plants along the back of the tank. I do not siphon the gravel in the back half of the tank allowing some waste from the fish to build up in this area. That seems to be all it takes for these plants. I probably can send you a few plants as a bonus if you order some sunfish...
Posted 04 September 2011 - 03:31 PM
As far as plants, I think I might go with some soil under the gravel in the back only so I could get a bigger variety of plants.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:49 AM
Thanks for all the information though. Native fishkeeping was very interesting to research and I hope to get into it some day.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:49 AM
Home Depot sells a 4 ft long Lithonia shop light for $20 and one of the types of bulbs sold for it are full spectrum T8's that cost $8 for two (enough to fill the light fixture). Add Special Kitty® brand kitty litter ($4 for 25 pounds, it's pure ground clay), and you're done. Complete planted tank.
I got the tank last week. But I think doing the planted thing right would be more money than I need to be spending on a hobby right now.
Plants are cheap on aquabid.com. I stocked my whole 55 gallon tank with a dozen species for $32. Just buy from all the same seller so they combine shipping. My seller was sweetaquatics.com, link: http://www.sweetaqua...f5dc613e7c0b143
Total cost: $34 without plants, $50-$70 including plants.
$20 for light
$8 for full spectrum bulbs
$4 for 50 pounds of ground clay (kitty litter)
$20-$40 order plants online
Oh yes, and plants pay for themselves over time. I sell the trimmings of my plants every few weeks, and actually have an auction posted on aquabid right now.
Edited by EricaWieser, 15 September 2011 - 07:58 AM.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:22 PM
Gravel is a surprisingly great substrate for plants. Yup, zero nutrient supply to your plants in it.. but if you supplement a mineral additive like plain Flourish, and your bio load is high enough, the mulm and nitrogen generated will work wonders on growing plants. If you're doing some crazy thing like pumping extra CO2 into your tank, and light it up like Yankee Stadium, this may not work. But for a 55 gallon tank with a regular old shop light next to a south facing window, it's not half bad. ;P
*edit* Okay, maybe I should read dates on this thing better. Sorry for the really old thread bump.
Edited by khudgins, 13 January 2012 - 11:25 PM.
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