Guide to Successfully Keeping Peacock Bass
Peacock bass have an ever increasing popularity among fish keepers in this day and age. They have been described as helicopters hovering over wait to kill their enemies. They are one of the apex predators in the fish world and grow to very large sizes. So with that said, lets begin
The TankPeacock bass grow very large in the wild as well as in captivity. Some species reaching 30 or bigger. At this adult size a very large tank is needed. As a minimum at least a 240 gallon tank should suffice for peacock bass. A juveniles these smaller bass can be raised to a good size in a 55-125 gallon tank reaching a size of 6-8 before being transferred into the bigger tank. For the small peacocks many hiding places are needed because of their fragile nature and skittish nature at the beginning of their lives. Rocks along with plants should be added to the tank for small bass. As juveniles these bass should be at a temperature of around 86* for optimal growth and fast metabolism. When they get bigger this temperature can if need be get lowered to no less than about 80*.
Large filtration should be always a top priority to keep water parameters steady and keep the tank clean. As the fish get bigger they get increasingly dirty ever increasing this bioload will get larger. So keep this in mind . As far as lids on the tank they should always be used as these fish like to jump
Peacock bass LOVE to eat. As juveniles they are always waiting to get fed and if trained correctly will greedily take many foods. When small these bass love to eat frozen bloodworms and freeze dried krill. If they do not readily take this food consider feeder guppies and minnows. In general and especially with small peacock bass it is better to feed more times per day with smaller amounts of food instead of feeding one big meal per day. When the peacocks get bigger they will accept market shrimp and smelt silversides etc. Once at a larger size say 12 they can be fed less everyday.
***Please note if you are having problems getting you peacock bass onto krill see DMACKS article on transferring on to FD.
Please note this article is general about peacock bass and is not meant to go into detail on the more intricate species it is not a breeding guide either. If there is any missing information please say so please DO NOT FLAME if you find errors with the information. Most of this information is from personal experience.
This is a beginners guide to Peacock Bass