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Pirate Perch Questions

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#1 Guest_krobill1_*

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:10 PM

This spring I started up my first tank, and on my first exploratory collecting trip ended up coming home with a pirate perch, which I have been keeping fed with earthworms and mosquitofish. The first thing I would like to know is if anyone has successfully kept them with any tankmates. At one point I had a swamp darter in with him, which lasted a couple months, but has since turned up missing. I was thinking of maybe trying for some Enneacanthus sunfish this spring- it seems like they would be big enough to keep from getting eaten. Has anyone had luck with these?

My second question is raising young pirate perch- what would be a good feed for them? I just started a culture of microworms which I plan on trying on them. Any other recommendations?

#2 littlen

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:22 PM

Check this out: http://www.nanfa.org...rateperch.shtml
Nick L.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:43 PM

Yes i think Enneacanthus (of appropriate size) would work, or mudminnows, or slack-water shiners or killifish.
You'll need to make sure the pirate is getting his share if kept with other fish - they're not the fastest at getting to the food.
Fresh-hatched brine shrimp should work for feeding young.

#4 Guest_krobill1_*

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:46 PM

Thanks for the input Gerald and Nick! The mudminnows definitely make sense... I don't know why I hadn't thought of them

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