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Tips on keeping sunfish and Bluegills in aquariums

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Last week I picked this large bull snail up at a local lake. The water had dropped leaving this fellow laying out 10 feet out of water in the direct sun. So I took it home and put it in my tank hoping it was still alive,  and Voila! Out of hibernation it came..... See the next photo one week later.
This snail is the size of a golf ball. BIG!
I call this a bull snail because of the very large "horns", antennae. Whether that is the real name for this species I do not know.


One week later, same big bull snail plus 4 wee little bull snails(2 are on parent's shell in back). These were born overnight and are the size of a large green pea at birth.
Snails are hermaphrodites(both sexes in one)and reproduce when the food is abundant. Great thing is, these snails eat flake food!


Typical N American common bluegill.


North American fishes of the wild provide a neat and entertaining aquarium setting and can come in a dazzling array of color variations, as you will see on this photo page. I have 2 species of sunfish, the green sunfish and the common bluegill. The green sunfish seems to have alot of color variations and a short, thick , bass-like body. This one is mostly tannish yellow with alot of neon blue spots and streaks whereas the common bluegill is a taller, thin bodied, heavily barred specie with darker coloration.


This is my largest green sunfish,as you can see in this picture, it is a rather heavy bodied fish similar to the rock bass and has the normal bass large diameter mouth.These fish have great gill plate coloration! No fish gill plate pattern is alike.


This is another closeup of the largest sunfish I have. At the current time, he is 5-6 inches long. When I caught him he was only 3/4" long.


Notice the crawfish in the rear and the one stashed away in the glass insulator. These critters are a bottom cleaners dream! I recommend keeping at least 3-5 in a 20 gal tank and give them lots of hidey holes to get away from hungry fish.