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#1 Cu455

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 10:58 AM

Does anyone have pictures or point me to a place that has pictures of sunfish from birth to about 2 years? I am trying to figure out how old my sunfish are. I caught a few earlier this week but only now are the larger ones making their nests. I am assuming that the  fish already spawned in deeper water or these fish are a year old. 


This video is not of the actual fish I caught but are about the same size. I caught these ones last year same time.


#2 az9

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Posted 30 April 2016 - 09:27 AM

My guess is YOY.  


Of course as you know growth rates are different in different bodies of water. I've seen ponds where they are all 3 to 4 inches and may be from 1 to several years old due to stunting. 

#3 wargreen

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 10:15 AM

I do not, and depending on the amount of food, type of sunfish, and environment there can be variation.  Love the video!

#4 Cu455

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 07:54 PM

Thanks. I think the ones in the video were a few months old. They must spawn in the deep end earlier. I find it hard to believe that the only grow to 1/4 in in their first year. They might. I collected a few more sunfish and have them in their own tank. I caught 8. 3 are 1/2 -1 inch and the rest are ~1/8 of an inch or smaller. I think the ones that ~1 inch were born last year.

Back to the video in the OP. I started with 10 sunfish and I am left with one a little more then a year later. Here is a picture of one the fish fish from the OP video. I think this one is the same age as the 1 inchers I caught this year. Even though my basement is cold the pond I got them from freezes over and is very shallow. That could account for the growth rate.

1 year after the OP video. He went from a 1/4 in to 3 inches in a year. He was the fastest growing of the group by a lot.

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#5 wargreen

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 10:07 PM

Nice....hes a looker!

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