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Possible to keep Rainbow Trout in home aquarium?

It's always been a "dream" of mine to keep Rainbow Trout in a tank. -Pause for giggles- So my dad and I are big trout fishermen, and have long held a respect and admiration for this species among the fishes of the world

Can any of you guys think of a way that it would be possible to keep them, besides spending hundreds of dollars on refrigerant systems for my tank? Is there any way they would survive in water as warm as 70-74 degrees?

This is more of a "think out loud" post than a serious question needing answers, but I was just curious if any of y'all had ever heard of anyone keeping trout, or had any suggestions for me. Thx~

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nice lookin fish in their own right......no giggles here........
i think one of the fish mags did an article about keepin rainbow trout, ill have to look for ya......

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You'll need a chiller, and a 'double pane' aquarium so that condensation doesn't keep you from viewing the fish. Also maybe a permit to keep game fish in an aquarium, depending on where you live. Lots of cold water flow, good filtration, and O2 required.

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i couldnt find the article.....but from what i remember, sc is right....its a cold water fish (at least cold for me ) lots of filtration , lots of room, and dont try to put two in the same tank....
there was one in the stream in my backyard....he was a nice fish...and i thought about keepin him but i just dont have the tank for it

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Well, geez, I've seen 'em in tanks at the grocery! Of course, since they're on a "one way trip" I don't suppose it's imperative that they be kept happily in that tank. . .

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They keep rainbows and other game fish at Cabela's and other outfitters.
Of course, their tanks might be a tad larger than what you had in mind!

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You'll need a chiller, and a 'double pane' aquarium so that condensation doesn't keep you from viewing the fish. Also maybe a permit to keep game fish in an aquarium, depending on where you live. Lots of cold water flow, good filtration, and O2 required.
Not to mention a great big aquarium. Rainbow trout can certainly grow to 30 inches, probably more. I'm not certain, but I think that the world record is something like 40 pounds. Had to have been at least 40 inches to achieve that weight.

But they are a beautiful fish.

Never heard of a double pane aquarium. Makes sense though.

I would suggest looking into a pond, but I don't think that would be an option in Mississippi. Where I used to live, I had a neighbor with a 30 foot wide pond fed by a spring. He kept trout in it, including some rainbows that were 25 inches long.
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I keep Golden trout.
They are the most beautiful of all the trout and the native CA fish.
the little Kern River Goldens are endangered. Volcano Creek Goldens are incredibly beautiful. Tasty too. My fav fish and my most sought after on camping trips in the Sierras.

You need a chiller, 58F is good and high O2 and huge tank.
MBA might do a display on them next year, I'm trying to get them to try them out as they like natives.

You can see them for sale in some upscale fish markets, great taste.

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you can, but it gets a little expensive. I had 3 trout for about a year in a 125 Gallon aquarium. you will need a good filter, water pump, water chiller and air pump. good luck!
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Cold clear and well oxygenated water required. Though some get quite large you could always raise brookies and eat them at 8 inches.
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IMO I would not try keeping Rainbow trout. I have caught them onwards to 50kg. And they grow very big. Home size aquariums would be to small. And then you would have to work out the stocking. They like a few trout around them but not many.

Another thing is whether they are river trout or lake trout.

IMO don't try it.

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Based upon the best available information
for regional streams, the temperature evaluation criterion applied to assess conditions
for suitable trout growth is a mean daily water temperature at or below 20°C.
Or 68°F.

http://www.sce.com/NR/rdonlyres/0FC4...quirements.pdf
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We used to breed these In my highschool. 1000 gallon tank highly oxygenated at about 70 degrees. Water changes were done about every 3 days or so and then we would release them into the local rivers and streams. I'd be happy to answer any other questions.

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