Native tank questions.

flyin-lowe

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Hello
I have been away for a while. I had a 120 gallon planted angel tank set up for a year or so and had to move so I took it down. I am now settled into a new house and am thinking about a native tank. I have always liked them and thought they looked cool.
Do many of you folks have native tanks? Just curious if there are any issues that are specific to these tanks. I have a friend who has a pond so I would be able to trap/net the fish I need with less stress then catching them with a hook and line. I was thinking some blue gill and other pan fish, bull head catfish, perch, etc. Nothing that will grow too large for the tank. I have seen some pics on this and other forums of native tanks when they are set up but I have never talked to people who have had them long term to find out how the fish did.
Any input/advice would be appreciated.
I am already checking on the local laws for keeping native fish so I don't need advice on that.
 

SentientMeat

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Unfortunately I don't have much experience with this, but I do love the idea. I say go for it! My wife and I have been considering putting one together with creatures from our area (New England). Maybe think about incorporating things like native frogs/turtles (legal ones of course). Not sure how your area differs fauna-wise, but fish like "pumpkin seeds" or sunfish can be gorgeous and not too large.

Best of luck and keep us posted!
 

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My friend saw my planted tank and thought of small bass. He said my tank looks like a lake. Small sunfish may work. It would be a different idea for sure to do a New England tank.
 

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i have kept a few bluegills in a tank for a few years before giving them to a friend fun to watch and moderately active. They can even hold their own vs larger cichlids
 

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I have had sunfish in my tank before they will eat anything and I mean anything they can get in there mouths. It was fun to watch them swim around in the plants that I had. When it came to feeding time I fed live food from mill worms and crickets to small feeder fish
 
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