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interested in native fish. First time

Morning guys. So it looks like my fishless cycle has completed thanks from coralbandit and mriguy and im in the market for fish. Since day one of fishkeeping ive always wanted native fish but just went the tropical route. I live in massachusetts with a decent amount of ponds and a resevoir around to find fish. The tank i have is a 75 but not sure on what to keep/get. Having been fiushing a decenty amount of times this summer my main catches were bluegills, pumkinseeds and such but the one caught were already 6 or so inches. What fish would be a good fish but doesnt get to large to need a rehousing and is attractive. The tank is in my basement so temps will be in summer around the 60s and winter 40-50s. Im sure this temp range is good as in mass winters can get freezing and the resevoir water can get in the 30s. What would be some good fish to shoot for for a 75g tank
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I'm in NY and kept natives for 1 year in my 135g.I actually kept 2 bass that started with me at 3",a pearch,3 sunfish and 2 pickerel.They made up a great tank!I just ended up releasing them all when they grew out and the weather was good.
I used to keep 2 minnow traps with bread in them down at the creek right near me.Part of the joy of this tank was dumping like 150 minnows and 10-20 crayfish in.They would last over a week(the crays the longest as they hid in the river rock substrate).Slowly the population of feeders would go down and they would school tighter and tighter(super cool to watch over a week!).
The bass and the pickerels definately grew large enough to be realsed(14-16") ,but I probly could have kept the sunny and pearch.They stayed around 10".
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I'm kinda on the fence. All I've read is these fish w bigger tanks ...at least 110 +. I know a bluegill could go in the 75 but I don't wantvthem in a jailcell w no room to move. Now if there were some colorful 3-4 inch max fish at least they could have a good group in the 75. I'm wondering if later down the road when I increase the tanks and get a bigger tank if it will be more beneficial to the fish. Maybe just find some cool tropical fish !!??
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Just tending my tanks now I thought to myself;The german blue ram really looks like a mini sunfish!One that is quite a bit more expensive but still a "fancy little sunfish!".I 'm sure you could find some reasonably price tropicals that will do nicely.Adding plants (live) and natural deco(wood/rocks) really makes the tank look great.Schooling,active ,colorful fish are kind of the bonus!
A 75 is great tank to go planted with nice comunity fish(cardinals,rummynose and a school of roseline barbs,maybe some cories and your good)!



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Ive kept lots of natives over the years the best suppliers for me have been sachs aquaculture and zimmermans fish.

Both very reliable and have a good variety.

something for everyones tank size.
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Well I bit the bullet and went fishing. Got one bluegill? I think. Didn't notice til I got home some stuff on him. He looks like cataracts??? Also some growtth s on the pecs of the body. I can get a bid up but don't know if I can add it to the uploads in the forum. Kinda wondering if I just introduced some bad things. Its about 4" long. He keeps trying to see if there is a way out as he just stays near the glass...
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Re: interested in native fish. First time

Its a new world for him/her. Wild fishes take awhile to acclimate to a tank, and also to prepared foods sometimes.

I suggest you leave the lights off, and dont even try to feed for a few days.

As for diseases, its best to examine any wild caught fish for that before you take it home, I never keep semi-adult fish, or fish that show any sign of sickness. i always use a net and catch fry at the waters edge or by wading in a creek at low water points.

If you are really interested in getting into the native fish hobby, you should check out

The North American Native Fishes Association The definitive guide to that hobby.
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