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Old 01-23-2013, 09:02 PM
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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

Some states dont care how you get them. Keeping what the state considers a game fish is illegal no matter how you do it.
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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

I agree, email the DNR and find out if it's legal then if you still decide to do it, set-up the tank right.

Also, don't take them from the few streams in the Metro area, any trout that are surviving should be left to reproduce. It would be a shame to contribute to their demise. Part of brown trout history in the US.
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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

Ive thought about this once or twice, even kinda figured out a way to run a heat exchanger inside an old (garage) refrigerator (drill some holes, exchanged in the fridge) In the end, the problem is still that trout like to rise/jump and the grow fast so I figured 50 gallons was not enough, even if it was legal - which I am not sure it is anymore.

Hopefully someday I will again have a place with a stream or a pond that I can stock with trout, but for now I have to be happy with just going to the local river or lakes.

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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

I have kept all kinds of fish from marine to very rare and exotic species. If I was going to keep trout, I would keep them in no smaller than a 180g and would probably have it half filled with water and have good plant cover above the water. I would also only do it if it could be done legally. I definitely would not release them in to the wild which is illegal here but more importantly dangerous due to diseases that could be transmitted to the other fish in the stream or river.
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I like the half filled idea. I tried Perch once. It didn't take a week and they were all dead from head blasting the glass top, except the one that managed to jump out of the hole where the filter went through the top. Perch are not nearly as "Jumpy" as Trout are, and it was a disaster. When I was a kid we had a small Largemouth in an aquarium. My sister caught him on a field trip with school and cried when he got hooked. She drug him home in an empty milk carton. We named him. He survived for a long time and was pretty smart for a fish. He took stuff out of Mom's fingers. Even my Mom cried when he died. He lived for several years though. Not sure what killed him, but Mom found him floating belly up, and when I got home she was crying and trying to work him.
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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

Thanks Dan. With a 180g even just half full, it is as deep or even a little deeper than some places I have caught trout so it would be ok with proper flows and a good chiller. Less water is easier to keep cool WITH a chiller but without a chiller, less water heats up a lot faster and the temperature fluctuation is hard to keep under control. If you really want natives, do sun fish. They require smaller tanks, no chiller and have personality unlike trout. They are a lot like cichlids and there are some really cool species. Green sunfish are a favorite but they are fairly aggressive so if keeping more than one give them room and I would say do at least 4 so it isn't just one fish bullying the other.
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Sorry I've not owned that land for years, the ponds were shaded well but it's my thought that they died from the acid droped from redwood trees and I did not have enough water turn over.

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Default Re: Trout in an aquarium.

I talked to a Michigan hatchery, I asked if it is legal in MI to put hatchery bought trout in a fish tank. They said it is legal, but you can't release them without a permit.
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I talked to a Michigan hatchery, I asked if it is legal in MI to put hatchery bought trout in a fish tank. They said it is legal, but you can't release them without a permit.
I'd get them big enough to eat and keep the reciept for the week they will still be alive.
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I'd get them big enough to eat and keep the reciept for the week they will still be alive.
Why not lol. If it does not work and the fish dies (which I highly doubt), I will just eat it and get some other type of fish.
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