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#1 Leo1234

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 09:55 AM

Sorry if this was posted somewhere else, but I have a 20 gallon stream aquarium and wanted to add a sunfish. I think it is relatively fast water, but I'm not 100% sure. Which species would work best?

#2 centrarchid

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 06:38 AM

The most stream oriented sunfish outside some of the basses is the Redbreast Sunfish.  Next would be some variants of the Longear Sunfish.  Both in water bodies dominated by flow they also most strongly associate with pool areas.  They do seem to stack up in area of pools that are bordered by lots of flow.  They like edges with respect to flow regimens.


Make so whatever you get has a refuge from the strong flow in the tank.  Your bigger concern may be what you can legally acquire in CA.

Find ways for people not already interested in natives to value them.

#3 keepnatives

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 06:29 PM

A 20 gallon stream tank would be a bit small to house a long ear or redbreast sunfish and still have relatively fast flow areas.  A 40 to 55 gallon would be better.

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Schenectady NY

#4 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 06:58 PM

O-spots adapt pretty well to stream or lake. They are smaller and considered to be mild mannered. That is still a pretty small tank for Lepomis.

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#5 Drx

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 03:11 AM

yeah sunfish aren't really suited for a 20g let alone a stream tank luckly there are alot of realy cool fish that are. if you give a current stock list we could suggest something that would fit well.

#6 Leo1234

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 09:22 AM

Well it isn't really a native aquarium. I have some of loaches, some garra, tuxedo flying fox, and Sarcocheilichthys nigripinnis.  not really that much more room, but I could probably add some more fish. I would prefer to add some natives since I don't have that many at the moment.

#7 itsme

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 09:29 AM

Dollar Sunfish

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