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    Setting up my 180 Gallon, first time with native fish!

    Discussion in 'Cold Water, Temperate and N.A. Native Fish' started by DParcade, Jul 11, 2018.

    1. DParcade

      DParcade Feeder Fish

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      I'm setting up my tank this week, and once cycled I'll be adding some baby blue gill/sunfish. I've always kept cichlids, but am super stoked to be getting a tank for these beauties. I'm a bit unclear if I need any temperature control though. Should I add an element of temperature control, and if so at which level? If there are any water parameters that I should be shooting for for these particular fish I'd definitely be keen to hear about it as well. I've read a ton of great info on the fish, but hadn't come across those particulars.
       
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      I don’t use a heater on my tank. Whatever the temperature of the house is the temperature of the tank plus or minus a few degrees lol. The house stays pretty consistently around 70
       
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      Okay right on, that's about what I figured! Wanted to make sure I wasn't too far off base with that before proceeding though. Can't wait to get the tank ready for use!
       
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      No heater needed. My tank temp runs between 55 degrees and 78 degrees.

      As far as getting bluegill, is it a standard 180G? 18" wide? If so,I wouldn't get bluegill. My largest of 4 bluegill got to be 15" with the next largest at 13", an 18" tank is a bit tight.
      If it's the 24" wide you'll probably be OK.
       
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      15” bluegill? Please post a pick!!!
       
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      Agreeed!
       

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