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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Northern Pikes?!

Anyone have northern pikes or muskies? please share!!
also does anyone know where i could order them online or buy at a fish store around Chicago?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 08:07 AM
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You would need a huge tank for a northern or a muskie.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 01:39 PM
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There are also the legal aspects to consider, both on the acquiring end of things and on the keeping end.

I know in Wisconsin it is not legal to go out and catch a fish and take it home for your aquarium or pond. I bought my bluegills from someone who stocks private ponds. As long as I have the receipt I'm on the right side of the law.
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You would need a huge tank for a northern or a muskie.
Huge is an understatement... I've seen upwards of 30 inch pike, This is a list of large pike caught, it might be a bit outdated but here's an idea of what you could be looking at... http://www.landbigfish.com/statereco...ords.cfm?ID=16


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Muskies get big enough to eat ducks. How big is aquarium?
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i really dont know why people buy fish like these and even gar. they are far to big for home tanks and so mean for a fish that size to be in a small tank. and aquariums dont want them most of the time so they get dumped back into the wild with no clue on hunting for food and then get caught on some ones hook. just kinda sad
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Anyone have northern pikes or muskies? please share!!
also does anyone know where i could order them online or buy at a fish store around Chicago?
You're kidding right? If not, once you get through the DNR paperwork, Buy yourself a house with a 1500 sq' basement. waterproof it really well and then flood it. This would make a sutible sized aquarium to house a Northern or a Musky
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If you could find a legal avenue of purchase, you would probably have to keep these in an outdoor pond.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 06:02 PM
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Re: Northern Pikes?!

They also would need a chiller because they do not do well in warm water. Mid 60 is best.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 03:51 PM
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RMS in Cleveland, OH has them.
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-03-2013, 05:58 AM
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Muskies and pikes? Maybe at a Bass Pro pond, but...



Wouldn't keep one in a tank at home. (Above picture is from Torch Lake, MI. Absolutely beautiful, freezing cold lake).
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try a pickeral instead.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 01:26 AM
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Try a pike cichlid and squint your eyes a little , It will look the same :-)

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Northern Pike are big, beautiful fish, but definitely not suited to a home aquarium.
Walleye still get big, up to 24 inches aren't uncommon... Try Volga pike-perch or (more easily found) Sauger. Or you could try American Pickerel, they get to around 16", doable in a BIG tank.
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ive caught pike over 40 inches and muskies over 50. i was wondering more around the Esox family like chain or redfin pickerel
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