Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

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Bluegill

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Bluegill

Lepomis macrochirus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

19-41 cm (7.5-16.1")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 7.5

1 -22 °C (33.8-71.6°F)

10-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-12 years

Family

Centrarchidae



Additional names

Bluegill, Coppernose


Origin

Sexing

Mature males have more vivid colours in spawning season.

Tank compatibility

Best kept in large species tanks in a group, or with similar-sized robust North American fish. Smaller fish are likely to be eaten or nipped.

Diet

Bluegills are unfussy eaters, they should be fed high quality pellets or flake and supplemented with foods like bloodworm, shrimp, earthworms, crickets and wingless fruit flies. May also accept some vegetable material.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Keep this fish in large well-filtered tanks. Planting should be robust as this fish may redecorate and the tank should be dimly lit.

Behaviour

These are shoaling fish, in the wild found in groups of 20-30 or so.

Identification

A dark blue or black "ear" on an extension of the gill cover called the opercular flap and a prominent dark blotch at the base of the dorsal fin, close to the tail. They have typically olive-green backs, with a blue or purplish sheen along the flanks and faint vertical bars may be present along the sides. Breeding males may have more blue and orange colouration on their flanks.

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