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    Musky keepers?

    Discussion in 'Cold Water, Temperate and N.A. Native Fish' started by Dark Rose, May 8, 2013.

    1. RD.

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      Short of owning a pond, or some kind of massive enclosure, I have never understood why people buy these. Where do all these fish eventually end up, on the barbecue?

      In captivity a 2 ½” YOY tiger musky should easily reach 12” in its first year. No matter how many idiots keep them in a 55, or 75, or whatever, for a couple of years, musky require a VERY large tank, or pond, when mature. These aren’t fish that grow up in a mud puddle alongside some road in Indonesia. Muskie are very large, and are very serious predatory wolves, with fins. They sometimes even hunt in packs, just like wolves.

      "Researchers were already surprised by a 39.5-inch-long male that was tagged near Belle Isle in the Detroit River in May 2016 and swam to the Buffalo harbour by November and was last heard in Lake Erie in January."

      Now that’s what I would call an open water predator.

      This is where I grew up fishing as a kid.

      Lake St. Clair

      An example of how fast a tiger can grow in its first year.

      “my old tiger lives in rogers cabelas now I had him for maybe a year fed him thousands of minnows and when he got too big ~15" I donated it to them it has grown 120% since then and actually I heard they move him to the big tank now

      I learned quickly they need a tank much bigger than you think it would... he liked to attack the "muskie in the mirror" and kinda messed up its chin

      the biggest problem is the tank I had it in was ~2ft tall 4ft wide but something like 15" deep just like most common tanks wide and somewhat tall but not deep enough I think you need a big round tank like they do for sharks... when I had the tiger it swam a lot almost non stop it seemed
      very fun fish though I got it about and it was 2.5" not even a year or so later 15" crazy”
      GBaker1130 and tlindsey like this.

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