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7.5 gallon Okefenokee Sunfish tank

This is NOT a biotope.
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It's been set up for a few months still battling algae, but it looks like I'm making headway.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 12:52 AM
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Looks good! I love those fish, would really love to own some someday.
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Tank looks good, any pics of the Okees?


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Looks amazing!
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Nice looking tank. Definitely a species of fish I'd like to try someday.
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First time hearing about this species in an aquarium. The tank itself looks awesome! I'm interested in seeing where this goes, good choices on plants for the tank that give some good depth and the hill with rock is a very nice touch.

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Just a quick update. The pygmy sunfish are little more difficult than anticipated. The male chased the females literally out of the tank after they spawned, then ate all the fry. *sigh*
I also had a bad slime outbreak as I was figuring out my dosing, causing major plant death. It's rebounding quickly, especially now that i aerate it at night with a cheap ceramic diffuser.
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I put a pair of them in my 10g tank and have three juvies left after they had babies.
I've since put the female in another 10g tank. They are listed as "experienced keepers" where it says experience level required on one site(Sach's) that I get them from.
So now I have that one female in one of my two 10g tanks and one adult male and two female and one male juvie in the other 10g tank. Plan on moving the male juvie to the tank/w the adult female soon.
Beautiful scape, love the slope. I would think about getting a second tank for one of them. a 20L tank can support a couple or even a few but the smaller tanks put them
too close to each other IMO. The 10g do fine/w one but I anticipate fighting if/when the juvie male gets much bigger. The adult chases him now but not too much and it's usually a short chase and not continous.

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Beautiful fish and tank. Do they only eat live foods? Or will they eat frozen at all? I would love to try them one day, but the live food issue keeps coming up in my research. Thanks.
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I put a pair of them in my 10g tank and have three juvies left after they had babies.
I've since put the female in another 10g tank. They are listed as "experienced keepers" where it says experience level required on one site(Sach's) that I get them from.
So now I have that one female in one of my two 10g tanks and one adult male and two female and one male juvie in the other 10g tank. Plan on moving the male juvie to the tank/w the adult female soon.
Beautiful scape, love the slope. I would think about getting a second tank for one of them. a 20L tank can support a couple or even a few but the smaller tanks put them
too close to each other IMO. The 10g do fine/w one but I anticipate fighting if/when the juvie male gets much bigger. The adult chases him now but not too much and it's usually a short chase and not continous.
At this point, I've lost 2 out of my 3 females to the male. So all I have left is a couple. The tank is much denser then it appears and I have been completely unable to get them out. I really want to breed them. My girlfriend is from the south, and having a southern native fish she can relate to, makes my slightly out of control hobby, easier for her to live with. So if you any more advice I'd gladly take it.
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Beautiful fish and tank. Do they only eat live foods? Or will they eat frozen at all? I would love to try them one day, but the live food issue keeps coming up in my research. Thanks.
I feed all my fish live foods, specifically daphnia. Which in the long run has turned out to a lot cheaper than buying food.
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Only thing I didn't include already is that I've read that they like a densely planted tank.
I don't cause I can't see them. End of that story. But I've tried to get a colony of scuds growing in each tank now and they just ate all of them. Both tanks have Daphnia that they eat. But it's a little thin in the tank/w four of them. A dense corner of plants might cure that. Looking for that "right" piece of tree limb which is the correct shape and use it for a wall in a corner to put a handful of Floating Hortworth in. Should give the Daphnia AND the scuds a safe spot.

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Just another update.
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Updating....
I broke this guy down in April, and gave it to a friend. This is the last photo of it.
Mid-August, I took advantage of a very good deal to get another 7.5. This time a Mr. Aqua, low iron tank. I'm not sure is I should start a new thread or not. But this is where I am headed for my new 7.5.
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I got one of the local versions of this fish to eat frozen blood worms.
But the Oky one's would only pick at it slightly, not really eating it.
The Banded Pigmy sunfish is the local version.
I'd just do a trio of Chile Rasboas in a 7.5g tank/w any elaborate "scape" in it.
Or Ember Tetra's or other micro fish.
I'd prefer to have a larger tank like a 10g at least for even one Elassoma.
They eat snails/scuds well and if you tried you could design an environment that
could support those as well as the fish. In that process now. But the pond snails are prolific enough that if you add an adult or two now and then the fish can live off of just those(their babies).
But when I put even two females together one of them will go without near as much food due to harassment from the larger one.
It's really a fish that you need to be "into" to want to arrange an environment suited for it. I'm playing/w the idea of getting one of those long Betta tanks/w the dividers and
only use one divider in the middle to separate a pair except for breeding time.

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