i was going to start an aquarium with bluegill in it prob 20-25 gallons. what would i need to get started and how would you set it up? what would you use for structure and natural habitat? what filters do you recommend(brands please)?
i dont want to spend a whole lot.
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You had better have itty bitty bluegills for a tank that small...like 2-3", and only a few of them. I had a 125 gallon tank in my classroom at school with bass(1), bluegills, and perch. All were very small. I recommend you use plastic plants, and you can put in any kind/shape of rock or slate you like. DON'T give the fish a place to hide out, or you'll rarely see them. Put the biggest plants/rocks in the back...none in front.
I recommend a dynaflo filter. It hangs on the outside of the tank and will not crowd your limited space in the tank. Get the biggest capacity one you can afford. You'll need filter floss and charcoal for the filter.
KEEP A SOLID COVER on the tank after it's set up, or you'll find your fish dried up on the floor...eh? Use glass or plastic.
Good luck David, and email me if I can help further.
My aquarium is a bit larger (125 gallon) but it will be the same setup. I do not have an undergravel filter but I would recommend getting one. I also have a filter that hangs on the back called a bio wheel. It has a biological filter wheel on it. WalMart has filters you just need to know how many gallons per hour you need for that size tank. My habitat consists of natural colored gravel from the pet store. Artificial plants and some real river rocks. just arrange the rock and plants however you want it to look. These type of fish do not need a heater. Mine stays at whatever temp my house is. You will need to keep an eye on ammonia levels in the water caused by the fishes bodily waste. Once a month I vacuum my gravel and change 25% of the water with fresh water. If you do not keep the water clean the fish can get sick. Columnaris is a cotton fungus they can get as well as fish bloat and redeye and numerous others. Some of the diseases come up quick and seem to show up overnite. It is pretty simple. I feed my fish minnows,goldfish and nightcrawlers. But make sure you do not leave any uneaten dead food in the tank to rot. That just adds to the sickness problem.
I have had a fresh water tank for quit a while, and would not suggest a tank smaller than 55 gallon. The best filtration is the bio wheel type, you can put charcol filters in to reduce high annonia levels and after cycling the tank for a month it should be self sustaining as far as filtration goes. I might also suggest a airation stone to keep the oxygen levels in the water at a good level. Go to a local pet store and get info, ask friends that keep fish also. When you choose a tank size, look in the classifieds, there is always someone selling a 55 or larger at a good price, and it usually comes with filtration and habitat. Also dont set your tank up in front of a window or anywhere it will be exposed to direct sun, and remember that you need access to water for maintence and water changes. Good luck
I am keeping a native aquarium of 5 banded killifish and 6 bluegill... their requirement for live food becomes a bit of a financial burden. I suggest using a large volume canister filter such as a Fluval 201 on a twenty gallon... because of copious amounts of crap you will encounter... in turn, a seperate biological sponge filter is also preferable. Simply providing the bare minimum requirments for your environment (in my opinion) is not acceptable... you should try to provide an advanced lifestyle for your fish to reap the full benifits of keeping native fish. Get a bigger aquarium and don't be a tight-wad... if you don't... then keep guppies. (no offense to guppie keepers).
aaron- good luck