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Post Posted: 04:27pm - Jul 15,11 
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I was hoping to catch a half dozen or so small bluegills and keep them in my water garden/pond. What do I feed them and where can I get food for them? Thanks. Mike

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Post Posted: 04:44pm - Jul 15,11 
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Be careful what you say here. That is illegal. Instead, you should be asking: "What do baby bluegills eat?"

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Post Posted: 06:35pm - Jul 15,11 
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thats not illegal and small pellet food they ll eat when they get hungry enough then they get used to it

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Post Posted: 06:39pm - Jul 15,11 
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Vard, I believe that only invasive species can't be kept legally. I believe he's good on the gills.

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Post Posted: 08:05pm - Jul 15,11 
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Sorry, I stand corrected. You can stock them in your own waters, but can't sell or barter them.

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Post Posted: 10:55am - Jul 16,11 
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You can feed them tropical fish flake. Available at Walmart or your local petshop. It may take a few days to get them used to eating it. A little bit goes a long way.

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Post Posted: 12:05am - Jul 17,11 
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Don't feed them for about a couple of days to get them hungry then cut up small pieces of night crawler and drop one piece at a time, be sure to not drop in another piece until the one you dropped is either eaten or sank to the bottom. If by the third piece they haven't ate any stop feeding and wait till the next day. Once they start eating the crawler regularly start dropping a pellet from the petshop in the mix and see if they eat that. Pretty soon they will see you as the food guy and will eat about anything you drop in. This has worked for me turning a fish from a wild diet to a prepared one.

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Post Posted: 03:10pm - Jul 24,11 
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I kept some blues in a large tank for quite a few years. Their favorite food by far was freeze dried shrimp. You can find it at pet stores and wally world. They would not go for petra flakes or goldfish pellets unless they were starving.

I would pick up worms off the driveway after a rain storm and feed it to them as a treat once in a while.

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Post Posted: 08:35pm - Jul 24,11 
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Thanks guys. I am feeding them flake food along with a nightcrawler chopped up, and some pellets. Problem is a few of them jumped out and are now bait for the racoon trap.

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Post Posted: 12:14am - Jul 25,11 
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I'll second the "Knowing you as food guy" my cichlids in my tank would probably eat a shoe if i tossed it in there. just establish the relationship.

when you mention the fish jumping out, is there any way to prevent it? lower the water level, raise the outer edge?

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Post Posted: 05:29am - Jul 25,11 
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Try large mouth bass fry.......... :shock They deserve it. :wink:

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Post Posted: 09:36am - Sep 30,11 
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sturgeonchaser wrote:
when you mention the fish jumping out, is there any way to prevent it? lower the water level, raise the outer edge?


A lid helped. They settle down after a while.

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They also love earwigs !

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Post Posted: 07:52pm - May 4,12 
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they will eat bloodworms and small minnows/rosies also try crickets, just rip the back legs off em. really they will eat any bug larva, insects/bugs, worms, and small minnows. they are very aggressive fish.

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Post Posted: 07:44am - May 6,12 
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If you have a garden pond outside there are probably a ton of bugs and natural critters for them to eat already. I would feed them all of the above maybe once every few days. let nature do the rest. JMO

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Post Posted: 07:50pm - May 31,12 
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I had bluegills last year. They loved goldfish from the pet store

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Post Posted: 09:07pm - May 31,12 
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:thanks for all the suggestions. I gave up on the gills in the pond. I now have the pond stocked with Goldfish. It is really not a pond, but approximately 75 gallon water garden with a fountain. Probably too shallow for gills. Thinking about raising Coho's in there. :rotflmao

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Post Posted: 10:25pm - May 31,12 
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sea nile wrote:
:thanks for all the suggestions. I gave up on the gills in the pond. I now have the pond stocked with Goldfish. It is really not a pond, but approximately 75 gallon water garden with a fountain. Probably too shallow for gills. Thinking about raising Coho's in there. :rotflmao

You'll have to get an RC boat for trolling.

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Post Posted: 10:26am - Jun 1,12 
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I just put this guy in the tank about 3 weeks ago.Took a week to eat in front of me.It eats crawler bits,earthworms.small leaches,waxies.The minnow was right out of fridge so the temp change is why it looked dead at first.Notice gill only intrested when it came to life.


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