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Bass tank. (Now with pictures)

I was wondering if anyone here has had experience with keeping a bass before? I have just finished making "his" stand and setting up his tank mostly. So far right now I am feeding him bait fish and keeping the rocks from his lake in his tank. I will put up pictures of it tomorrow morning.

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dont plan on putting any other fish in there except fish for him to eat
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Check the laws in your state regarding keeping game fish. Certain states do not allow you to do that, from what I understand.
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there was a recent thread about not to long ago. check that one out

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I haven't personally kept a bass, but I know it can be done and they can make really cool pets if everything's done right.

Basically, you would do the same setup as you would with an oscar, except don't heat the tank. (120 gallon or greater.)

They seem to do best in captivity if started when they are very young and small. (A foot long wild caught largemouth bass will probably not last very long if placed in an aquarium.)

If you want to make sure you're legal you might do some googling to find out if it's allowed to keep them as pets in your state. Otherwise don't let the DNR find out. And don't ever release it, even if it's native to the area, because captive fish can spread disease not normally found in the wild.

Bass are distantly related to cichlids, and as such, they are fiercely territorial. You'll only be able to keep one bass in the tank, as it will attack or eat anything else.
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You must pay close attention to water quality as well. They are prone to fungus. I kept a few in a large tank when I was a kid. When they get to be at least 11" long you can feed them mice. Which is cool to watch.

Very their diet, with regular water changes and high quality filters are a must.

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what kind of bass?
I can tell you a smallmouth will surely die in less then perfect habitat.

Rock bass would be ideal.

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what kind of bass?
I can tell you a smallmouth will surely die in less then perfect habitat.

Rock bass would be ideal.
Smallies need huge amounts of fresh clear & Clean water. I kept both Largemouth Bass, which got boring after awhile and then Peacock Bass which are much prettier. When I kept them you could buy them for about $7 each in the 3" size. Now the price of them is friggin rediculous.

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Sounds like your tanks going to really kick bass!

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Here are the pictures!
He is a largemouth bass






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That looks close to eatin' size - not aquarium size!!! (or do objects in the picture look larger than they really are??)

It looks like your tank might be about 3x too small for him already - how big is the tank and approx how big is the fish?? LM bass are about 50% mouth - hope you have a good food budget and/or a local free source of food!

Check out the videos at the bottom of this page of some large Peacocks at feeding time!

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Sweet video, thanks for the link. Those are some giant fish.
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Wow that looks like a 2lb to 3lb large mouth. looks like he is a 55 or 75 gal tank which is a little small for that big guy I would say.

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Check out the videos at the bottom of this page of some large Peacocks at feeding time!
Now that is happy Peacock or very upset Peacock.
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How about some nice darters or small sunfish if you want to keep a native tank? They stay a lot smaller and you could have more of them.

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