Lepomis gibbosus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Centrarchidae
Origin : East North America
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Rather peaceful fish, only in breeding time he is somewhat aggressive.  The aquarium should be planted with some hard plants that are well anchored.  The substrate should be sandy.  You should leave enough free swimming space.  It is wise to create a period of lower temperatures (about 12C - 54F).  That  is beneficial for breeding.  They even can sustain much lower temperatures (4C- 40F).

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is rather easy.  The male digs a nest with a diameter of about 30 cm (12").  2000 -3000 eggs are laid and fertilized in the nest.  After spawning the female should be removed, because the male will kill her.  The male guards the fry until they hatch and some days after that.  You can feed the young with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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