I am new to the forum and new to keeping native N.American fish. I have been curious about it for several years, and decided to take the plunge late 2017 with the purchase of 7 Lepomis megalotis megalotis. At least, I think that is what they are. Got them as little 1 inch long mouse grey fish. Not what I was expecting. Well, I dunked them into my 55 gallon tank with a 20-30 gallon sump and now they are 4-5 inches big and they have been colored up since February of this year. They were showing signs of color in December and I decided to keep them chilly for the month of January. Their tank is kept in a teaching lab at my work place and since there are no classes in January, I had to opportunity to crack open the windows a smidgen, and allow the room's temperature to drop to upper 40's. I was able to do it very slowly and they really only spent about 2 weeks with very low temps. They really colored up after I slowly brought the temps back up so I am glad I did it. Below are some pictures that were taken of them yesterday.
Thanks for looking. I think these guys rival the most beautiful Discus I have ever seen.
One question, what do the females look like?
Edited by Toad Drool, 10 July 2019 - 02:40 PM.