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So the all important question my dad asked me today,"So do you know what you want for your birthday?"

Well IDK, nothing really. Just lure, line, bass stuff.

So I got to thinking how cool it would be to have a pet largemouth bass?

Which brings me here. What kind of stuff would I need to have a bass aquarium? What size tank? I'm sure some of you know alot about aquariums, and to be quite honest, im clueless. So can someone(s) please explain to me all the ins and out's? I know there was a thread like this in the past, but I couldn't find it in the searches I did.

And yes, I am responsible enough to take care of a fish.

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It'd be cool, but only for so long until it out grows your tank and you're looking at green water.

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It'd be cool, but only for so long until it out grows your tank and you're looking at green water.

I'd be fine with releasing them into a natural lake or river once they outgrow my tank

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A friend of mine had a fingerling in a small tank probably 10 gallons.  He would drop whole night crawlers and goldfish in there and the largemouth would destroy them!  He released it back to the lake when it was probably 10 times as big.  Probably like a stocker trout at that point, no instinct to survive in a lake.  To keep an adult or multiple adults I would imagine you would need quite a big setup and it might be alot of work.

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Large mouth would not be a good beginner fish. They need very large tanks and eat a lot. You just can't feed them goldfish everyday either.

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It'd be cool, but only for so long until it out grows your tank and you're looking at green water.

I'd be fine with releasing them into a natural lake or river once they outgrow my tank

That may work, but just letting lose something that's been a pet very rarely turns out well (that is if you're interested in the well being of the animal after it's a pet). Look at it this way, if I released my dog to just survive out in the wild...would it? Maybe, but more than likely not. Like fishermantony said, no instinct to survive in a real lake.

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They jump and will get stuck to the carpet.

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Why don't you just raise Bluegills instead? Don't release a captured fish into the wild....you could do some serious harm,putting unknown bacteria into your pond,lakes or where ever you release the fish.Honestly,I wouldn't do it.It's also Illegal in some states to do this.So check your laws. 

If you going to raise it,raise it till it dies in your aquarium.

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If you going to raise it,raise it till it dies in your aquarium.

If the death of a fish upsets you get a feeder goldfish. They are like Twinkies and will never expire.

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Oscars are probably one of the coolest fish I've own. They act much like a bass & bluegill and just as aggressive if not more aggressive. I've hand fed my Oscars goldfish and worms. They do get big....so make sure you got at least a 20 gallon.Ideal tank would be a 55 gallon.

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If fish die, its whatever. I have a 10 Gal. tank right now with all sorts of fish I don't know the name of. And If I do get one i'd keep it until it dies then.

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i wouldn't get a tank less than 300 gallons for a bass.

like someone said earlier, they're probably not the best beginner fish.

they're super hardy and will survive anything but they eat a lotttt and grow fast. they also dirty up the water quick.

did i mention they grow fast? please NEVER release a fish from your aquarium into the wild because it outgrew your tank or you were tired of keeping up with it.

you'd probably be better off getting set up with a 55 gal tank that you can get from any old pet store and keeping a few sunfish.

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I had a neighbor that had 2 lmb, each about 2 to 3 lbs. He had them in a 125 gal tank, all they did was suspend.

I agree re: the Oscars, great fish, use to breed them, mine would eat out of my hand. The pair I had were about 10" to 11" long, had them in a 150 gal tank. For 1 oscar, a 55 gal would be bare min..75 would be better.

On edit: In some states it's illegal to transport game fish, unless you get a permit.

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When I was in high school a buddy of mine put a pickerel in a 15 gallon aquarium, very cool fish to have if you can afford the goldfish for it.  When he would feed it a goldfish, he would drop it next to the pickerel, the pickerel would move real close to the GF, then... kazaam!, the goldfish would disappear.  Pickerel can move real fast when they are hungry.  Unfortunately the pickerel outgrew the tank, my buddy released it into a local lake, and there were no ill consequences. 

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Going back many yeas ago (15 or20) there was an aquarium store around here that was owned by a tournament angler. He used to make a specialized set up to keep bass.

I don't know details, but it was a big tank. Not high, a big low square tank...like 20" high, but a 5 or 6 feet square! This would be a large volume, but even larger in squre feet. It was filled with living grasses and "weeds", stumps, rocks etc. To make it look and feel real for the bass. It had heaters, filters, and a huge lid so it wouldn't jump out. I know it had extra deep gravel on top of soil to help keep it clean.

They were custom built tanks and the guy charged an arm and a leg for them. He would set them up and do "cleanings". It was a huge expense and you really had to want a bass as a pet to spend that much coin.

He did have excellent results with it though. Keeping multiple bass too.

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get sunfish then try out your swimbaits in the the tank and see what attacks it.

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I have had 3 pet largemouths,all kept in the 90 gallon gold fish pond. Freakin BA.But a racoon ended all of them =(.We live like a minute from the country lol.They were so cool,they were vicious and theyd eat from my hand and everything.Probably gonna get one or two more this summer,the racoon died i think because we havent had problems for a long time.I have bluegill right now,little ones in a tank and a big one in the pond.I put one of my bass in the tank though,and he stressed whenever something moved in my room, so i took him out. He was used to being in the pond out front though

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Like this?

A few years ago I set up an old 55 gal tank and caught Sunnies and Bass from the pond out back to put in it. Even set up a minnow trap to get them food.

The experiment didn't last long because it turned out I had a leak in the tank. Woke up one morning to a very soggy living room carpet.

Ended up throwing back the fish.

I sometimes wonder if I have caught them since.

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If fish die, its whatever. I have a 10 Gal. tank right now with all sorts of fish I don't know the name of. And If I do get one i'd keep it until it dies then.

You want me to squeeze you into a poodle cage?

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I'd like to see that.

I also heard that if you surround an aquarium with negative ion braclets the fish will be really healthy and it will help keep the tank in balance.

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I'd like to see that.

I also heard that if you surround an aquarium with negative ion braclets the fish will be really healthy and it will help keep the tank in balance.

LAWLZ! ;D

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LAWLZ:

A term used by preppy white girls as a way of sounding cool, and having the advantage of saying it whenever to break the silence. It's a synonym for lol.

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