Species group: Freshwater Sunfish
Other common names: Bream; Freshwater Bream; Bluegill Sunfish
Scientific name: Lepomis macrochirus
The Bluegill is a member of the freshwater Sunfish family, and is native to streams and lakes throughout North America. They prefer shallow, slow-moving water that is heavily vegetated, and they feed on insect larvae, small crustaceans and other fish. Bluegill are popular sport fish and interestingly adapt well to captivity and are sometimes kept in larger freshwater aquariums. They are said to be hardy fish which can tolerate a broad range of water conditions and temperatures.
Can be housed with other fish like certain catfish.
farm ponds, bluish irridescent tints, hardiest fish, great fish, curious creatures
inches, large swimming space, smaller fish, larger aquarium, vary dirty fish
good lighting setup, aggressive eaters