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Stunted Sunfish Community - Question

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#1 1apollofish1

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  • Massachusetts

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:30 PM

There is a body of water nearby which seems to have a high concentration of Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Redbreast, and Pumpkinseeds, none larger than 5-6" in length. This raised a few questions:


What would be the differences in keeping stunted lepomis species such as Pumpkinseeds and Redbreast sunfish vs. healthy, normal counterparts?


Would stunted species be a benefit or problem in captivity?


Also, is this stunted growth permanent to the fish in all life stages? Or can can these fish recover from the environment?


I am deciding whether or not to capture these Sunfish, as they are a decent size for aquarium space.



#2 JasonL

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  • Kentucky

Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:52 PM

I have transferred "stunted" Lepomis into aquaria and small garden ponds and find they reach maximum size fairly quickly under the right conditions. So it's not permanent in my experience, more a function of environmental factors such as limited food or predation. I would plan your tank stocking accordingly.

#3 1apollofish1

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  • Massachusetts

Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:42 AM

Thank you for the heads up, can't risk over-stocking my tank after a year

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