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Bluegill or Bream Growers

The often overlooked fish option that can handle the high temperatures like tilapia but also the cool temperatures like catfish but still be small enough for a 100 gallon tank and acceptable to eat for people who refuse fish who lack scales.

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Latest Activity: May 14, 2018


There are various suppliers, and it depends on which store is near you. Carolina Fish Hatchery has a published schedule (south Virginia, No....


I called my local Southern States. Here's the link to their storefinder. The Southern States pond page says:

"Where can I obtain fish to stock in my pond?

"Southern States dealers sponsor a Fish Days promotion where pond owners can order different species of fish to stock their ponds. Check with your local Southern States dealer for the Fish Days promotion in your area."


Discussion Forum

New to group

Started by Yaacov Levi. Last reply by Yaacov Levi Jun 26, 2017. 9 Replies

HiyaI am new to the group, and looking forward to hearing what others are doing. I am putting together 2 small systems, an in-house one, with large aquarium, reservoir and grow beds. Plan to grow out…Continue

just added 60 BG to my system

Started by MikeH. Last reply by Leo White Bear May 31, 2015. 5 Replies

  I recently added 60 (2-3") BG to my 700 Gal system (250 G FT) and will be adding 50 more very soon. I had Tilapia before but switched when temps dropped and all 128 tilapia died.  My question is, I…Continue

Tags: food, fish, tilapia, bluegill

Aggressive Bluegill

Started by Nathan. Last reply by Cindi Conway Nov 12, 2014. 9 Replies

I caught a bluegill while fishing several months ago and put it in my 250 gallon tank.  It does well with the other fish (catfish, crawdads, minnows, goldfish, bullfrog tadpoles, etc). Recently I…Continue

Bluegill Breeding

Started by George. Last reply by Phillip R. 'Cloudpiler' Landis May 12, 2014. 11 Replies

Anyone doing it in tanks or planning to do it?  How?  Any strategy for culturing phytoplankton/zoo plankton in the tank prior to breeding?  Thoughts on selective breeding?Continue

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Comment by Ray Lundelius on May 14, 2018 at 1:32pm

I’m new to aquaponics but not to raising fish. I’ve had a koi/goldfish pond for 12-15 years. Around 2,000 gal pond and somewhere around 50 fish. I’ve lost 30+ fish over the years to blue herons. I’m very interested in a edible fish that have the tolerance to cold and warm water like the koi and goldfish have. Bluegill sounds very interesting. 

Comment by George on December 20, 2013 at 6:52pm

jeez - how big are they Glenn?

Comment by Glenn Dennis on December 20, 2013 at 6:04pm

I started with 100 HB BG and had a predator problem. Humans.  They are in a green house and I noticed that they all of a sudden began to eat less.  Got a flash light and started looking and could only find about 25.  They hang out near the bottom of the tank.  Can't think of any other animal other than people and a net which is near by could have gotten them.  Hope they were hungry and in need.

Comment by TCLynx on December 16, 2013 at 4:30pm

Well if they were drastically different sizes when you started, then the bigger ones probably ate lots of the smaller ones.  Of course they jump too.  Where is the tank?  Are they outdoors where jumpers might be eaten by a passing dog, cat or bird?  Is it possible there is a predator bird who has eaten lots of your fish?  Is there a grate over the plumbing that guarantees no fish went through the pump or into the grow beds?  It is astounding how small a pipe a fish will swim into, especially if they were small when you started having fish vanish.

Comment by Leo White Bear on December 16, 2013 at 12:27pm


 "I started with 60 fingerlings.  I'm down to 6."

Tough to say, if they are outside you may have a predetory problem, if they are inside it sounds like you have a cat problem, just saying

Comment by George on December 16, 2013 at 9:41am

You found them?

Comment by Matt Rosso 1 hour ago

Sorry folks, It looks like I spoke out of turn.

Comment by Matt Rosso on December 16, 2013 at 8:13am

Hello, thanks for having me in your room.  I started with 60 fingerlings.  I'm down to 6.  I havent found any bodies or bones. the water is clear, I feed them regular pond pellets, like you would for game fish. I don't know where they went.  I have had them since April and they are only about 4 1/2" long.  still move real fast. I'm wanting to use this tank on a micro raft tank, they are dark in color.  Have I got something going on?

Comment by Jay Wolf on May 2, 2013 at 8:31am

One thing to consider with hybrids and I don't know if this has been mentioned yet.  When making (breeding) hybrids, only about 90 - 95% of the population will be true hybrids.  That being said, there is always the possibility of them trying to spawn.  Obviously spawn is triggered by changes in the temperature of the water.  I hope this helps at least a little bit.

Comment by Stephanie Bader on May 1, 2013 at 8:54pm

Well maybe i'll get lucky and there will be a few babies this year. Thanks for the info.

Comment by Matt T. on May 1, 2013 at 8:31pm

I noticed the same thing with my hybrids after I dropped their temp by a couple degrees. They staked out their own territories, and defended it. The larger ones wouldn't even eat for over a month. They are back to normal now though. Give it some time and let nature do its thing, even if they are too young, they still go through the motions. Kind of like young bucks sparring I guess. they won't starve either, and can go long period without food.


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