Tips on keeping a Three spined stickleback?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by Leafray, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    Hey guys!
    So I moved all my fish in from the pond due to leakage. I noticed I had a very interesting fish that I didn't know what it was. After further inspection and research, I found out it was a three spined stickleback... Does anyone have any ideas or experience keeping them? Currently the one is in with my goldfish in a 125g tank... It's really interesting and swims almost like a puffer! I would like to keep this guy but I don't have any idea of how to... So if any of you guys have experience, advice would be appreciated!
    Thanks guys!

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies

  2. ToniaWell Known MemberMember

    I've never kept them, but did a quick search after seeing your post. They do prefer cold water, they like live foods, but apparently adjust pretty easily to a tank. You may want to treat for parasites to be safe, I read a couple of articles saying that they do often have parasites.

    I wonder how he got in there! So cool to find a fish you didn't know you had.

  3. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    Yeah! At first I freaked out because it thought it was a wallaye... Dodo these fish eat small fish?

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies
  4. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    They aren't very big, and from what I remember, don't have a very big mouth either, and they're peaceful. I had one very briefly.
  5. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    Oh ok, mines about 2-3 inches right now, was actually hoping to keep him to cull fish.. Do I need to find more? Or is he/she good by it self?

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies
  6. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    From what I read, they will eat fry..... what I thought you meant was would they eat small (2 inch or so, is what I assumed) fish.....
    As far as I know it's fine by itself.
  7. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    That would explain for the guppy fry I dropped into my goldfish tank dissapearing :) I think I'll keep it in there to ear my unwanted fry

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies
  8. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    So the stickleback seemed to have slimmed down quite a bit, can I put him in a planted 2.5 gallon? And he does t seem to like fish flakes... What should I do???!!!

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies
  9. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Try feeding some live food.
  10. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    Found him dead today after a long trip... :(

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies
  11. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Sorry for your loss. :(
  12. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    Thanks... I don't know how he survived in my pond, but pretty sure he was eating daphnia and guppy fry... Sigh, it's a lesson learned...

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies

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