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Old 01-22-2013, 07:06 PM
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I know this topic is old but I would like to revive it. I'm actual going to get two browns, I have an 80 gal tank no chiller, but I do have a powerhead that I believe will be more important. I'm going to get the trout this spring, once I set it up I will update on my findings. In the end what did you do with your tank?
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I know this topic is old but I would like to revive it. I'm actual going to get two browns, I have an 80 gal tank no chiller, but I do have a powerhead that I believe will be more important. I'm going to get the trout this spring, once I set it up I will update on my findings. In the end what did you do with your tank?
What does a powerhead do? Does it lower the water temperature?
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What does a powerhead do? Does it lower the water temperature?
It makes current, therefore more oxygen, and it will feel just like a stream.
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I have done some with small mouth bass with sunfish, minnows, crayfish, etc. this works really good and you won't need to heat or cool it. add some bug life and you have a real stream at home.
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I ended up not putting trout in the aquarium. Without the water temperature low enough I thought it would be cruel to the fish. Kind of like fishing restrictions when the water is above a certain temperature.
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I have done some with small mouth bass with sunfish, minnows, crayfish, etc. this works really good and you won't need to heat or cool it. add some bug life and you have a real stream at home.
I was actual thinking about getting a 5 gal, and breeder bugs, or if possible breed them in the tank itself. Sounds like a great setup you have or had.
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I have an 80 gal tank no chiller, but I do have a powerhead that I believe will be more important.
That no chiller part may actually be a more important thing than you are thinking. You get a bunch of warm days this summer and you are going to be having pets for dinner.

One thing you may want to check on also, in most states they have a serious fine for transporting live fish. This is to stop the private stocking programs of your average bucket biologist. Also, you need to be sure that it's legal to keep them in an aquarium.
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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

I would caution against trout in an aquarium. They grow so fast, they will quickly outgrow an 80 gallon tank. I think the "general" rule in saltwater tanks is something like 1inch of fish/5 gallons. So, an 80 gallon tank by that rule could handle 16inches of fish.

That is still a little much because an 80 gallon tank is like 16 inches wide and barely enough for a 12in trout to turn around in.

Also, I agree with Dan about this chiller. I've heard it is best to quit fishing when the water temp gets around 66 degrees. That low of temp is kind of hard to reach in a tank and I haven't heard of any tank chillers making it down to that temp because most are designed for salt.

There are a lot of other types of fish that would be better. I just think trout are too big for an aquarium.
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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

You need a chiller. I did it with hatchery rainbows for about a year and half with no chiller. it was VERY difficult keeping the water the proper temperature in the summer while maintaining a clean tank. Even with a TON of flow ( 400 gph thru an aggresive spray bar ) it wasnt enough to keep them happy and I came home one day to them both belly up. They get very large very quickly ( mine hit 13" in that year and a half in a 75 ) and are SUPER aggressive in the tank. What will end up with is you will have "one" fish in your big tank. They will eat anything smaller then them, and one will bully the other so that its always out of the main swimming channel. They get pretty boring pretty quick. My bluegill and shinners i have since replaced the trout with are far more interesting.
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Even though I've never kept Trout or any other Fish for that matter many years ago two Deceased Senior Members decided to keep some Brookies & some Rainbows in a Tank.
One kept Rainbows the other kept Brookies,initially they didn'y have any problems then when they started to grow & because The Tanks were always full & had a constant stream of water,in & out they lost some to Cats,also they would Rise & The owners would find them on The Cement Pads,so they put Mesh Guards on The Tanks.
One ended up with one Brookie they other had Three Rainbows,all of them outgrew The Tanks,The Happy ending they were released into The Local Creek.
Also at One of Our Hatcheries in The Snowy Mountains they keep Rainbows,Browns & Brookies in Glass Tanks.

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