After loosing multiple groups of fish which were feeder gold fish( I recently learned about that) I changed the water, added ammonia for a few weeks which disappeared every few days without a significant spike in nitrites but with 40 plus ppm of nitrates and now have added 6 bluegill from a nearby lake. They appear to be doing well after 24 hours. The pH of the lake and the irrigation water I use from a nearby river was the same and the temp of the lake was 72 degrees which is what my tank is and the ammonia was less than 0.25ppm when I added the fish and now is between that and 0.5ppm according the color chart. How long should I wait before feeding them and what is the best food for bluegill. I caught them using worms but I don't want to continue feeding them that. Any comments would be appreciated. Their size is 5in to 11in.
I have small tilapia.I feed African cichlids pellets.the pellets come in different sizes.As soon as i get a chance I am going to look into the feed stores,sure they have something for pond fish.
Thanks for the comments. I will give them a few days to adjust and then slowly introduce food. It's good to know that bluegill like AquaOrganic feed.