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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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fish to go outdoor

what kind of small fish can i put outside in my 20 long outdoor tank..

i was looking at mosquito fish but heard they will breed too fast and won't know what to do with the babys...

i was thinking of a betta to control insect and live in there

any recommmendation would help

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Mosquito fish would breed, but likely they would eat their babies before the population got too big. A betta probably wouldn't do too well because it is tropical and you are from wisconsin. You could go try and catch some small fish from a pond or creek and see how they do.

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Mosquito fish would breed, but likely they would eat their babies before the population got too big. A betta probably wouldn't do too well because it is tropical and you are from wisconsin. You could go try and catch some small fish from a pond or creek and see how they do.
most fish here would be too large

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most fish here would be too large
Not to mention illegal, according to DNR regs.
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If the temps stay up, you could keep a few hardy tropicals like guppies and platies. You would have to take them in when temps go under 70. Even a betta might work, but again, you'd have to make sure it gets in when it gets cool
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If the temps stay up, you could keep a few hardy tropicals like guppies and platies. You would have to take them in when temps go under 70. Even a betta might work, but again, you'd have to make sure it gets in when it gets cool
this tank is seasonal and will be break down close to winter time...

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I know a number of people here in the Sheboygan area that keep guppies outside. They always bring in about 10 times more than they put out in the Spring.
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If you're going to keep mosquito fish or other hardy native fish, make sure you only choose one species. Mosquito fish, I heard, are nasty little buggers to other fish.
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White cloud mountain minnows would work well. They're small, colorful and can tolerate cooler temperatures. The gold variety is one of my favorites.

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Paradise fish would work. Wisconsin gets hot in the summer too. Move them in when temps get below 50.

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I started my Whiskey Barrel outside in mid April. Nights were 40s - 60's days 70+. I had a heater in there that is set at 72. On nights under 60 I put a sheet of foam insulation on the barrel.

It has 16 cherry barbs and 3 Zipper loaches in it. Water is 25 gl. I plant to leave it run outside until we get 40degree nights, maybe 1st-2nd wk Oct.?

Your tank might not be as well insulated on the sides as the barrel, but that could be an easy fix with some foam sheeting and duct tape. Not sure how far north you are, I'm 12 mile from the Il/Wisc line. But, I'm sure you could have a pretty long season.

Mine gets Sun until 2pm. The trees block the Sun at different times from dawn until 2. I think it gets full Sun for 3hrs. Last Friday when we broke 100degrees the barrel was 86 on the surface. I have a raised plastic grid in there that my potted Aquarium plant are on to get them closer to the surface. The fish have a shaded place to take cover.

I suggest you consider location and photo period. You don't want to boil the tank. Heat on cold nights is eaier to deal with than excessive heat.

BTW - I have the REDDEST cherry Barbs I've ever seen, and maybe the fastest.

If you address temps. you can keep what you want. Keep in mind Cool water fish like White Clouds are just that COOL water fish. They really don't want to live in 86 degree water. Betas & Paradise Fish are tough and will tolerate a lot but they don't care for high temps either.

Good luck with you project.

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Put a small heater in the tank for winter and keep white clouds they'll be super stoked
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I'd love to do this, but seeing as Rochester gets quite chilly, quite early, I might wait until next spring :P
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Kris from Guitarfish had beautiful fish at the end of the summer and he never feed them anything but they spawned and ate bug larvae, etc. and had great color when he brought them in for the winter.

I'd do it now, this is the height of the summer heat with warm nights and plenty to eat and if you don't do it now you may never do it.
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