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Stickleback in an open tank ?

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#1 LaMain

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 03:44 PM

Hi everyone,


Since I don't have the space for any big tank stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is one of the very few natives species I consider keeping, if I can get some they seem to be waning.

I like to make some open tank because it allow me to grow some terrestrials plants and limit temperature increase due to lighting.


So the question is pretty simple : does stickleback do fine with an lidless tank or are they one of the jumper fishes ?


Thank you.


edit/ps : Sorry I just realized I posted in advanced captive care, if a moderator want to move the topic...

Edited by LaMain, 07 March 2015 - 04:04 PM.

#2 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 04:26 PM

I kept some for quite a while in an open tank. It did however have some hornwort floating in it, and I had no trouble with brook stickleback jumping.

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#3 LaMain

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 11:59 AM

Thank you for your quick response, the aquarium will be well planted. I will give it a try if I manage to get some...

#4 gzeiger

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 04:12 PM

I've also never known them to jump.

#5 LaMain

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 03:03 PM

Thank you for the confirmation,


I'll set a tank and try to get some when the water will be warmer.


I will let you know what appends then. 

#6 mikez

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 07:45 AM

I have kept 3 , 4 and 9 spines in uncovered planted tanks. Don't recall ever having one jump.
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#7 LaMain

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:07 PM

Thank you for your experience, unfortunately the tank I was planning to set broke during cleaning (one of the side is broken in half), so I'll have to buy a new (bigger :-) ) one before I can consider bringing some in the house.

If I caught some I can still keep them in the garden : I have to plastic tank I keep full of water for live food for years, but unfortunately I missing the time to go fishing : I haven't had a free week-end for a month now...

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