Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)

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Largemouth Bass

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Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides

208 Litres (55 US G.)

70-97 cm (27.6-38.2")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 7.5

1 -22 °C (33.8-71.6°F)

10-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

12-14 years

Family

Centrarchidae

This animal is available captive bred



Additional names

Largemouth, Northern Largemouth, Green Bass, Large-mouth Bass

Additional scientific names

Labrus salmoides, Aplites salmoides, Grystes salmoides, Huro salmoides, Huro nigricans, Grystes nigricans, Perca nigricans, Grystes megastoma


Origin[edit | edit source]

From the St. Lawrence to the Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River), and Mississippi River basins; Atlantic drainages from North Carolina to Florida and to northern Mexico; the species has been introduced widely as a game fish and is now cosmopolitan. Several countries report adverse ecological impact after introduction.


Sexing[edit | edit source]

Not sexually dimorphic


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in large species tanks in a group, or with similar-sized robust North American fish. Smaller fish are likely to be eaten or nipped.


Diet[edit | edit source]

Largemouth Bass are unfussy eaters, they should be fed high quality pellets or flake and supplemented with foods like bloodworm, shrimp, earthworms, crickets and wingless fruit flies. May also accept some vegetable material.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Keep this fish in large well-filtered tanks. Planting should be robust as this fish may redecorate and the tank should be dimly lit.


Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Generally placid


Identification[edit | edit source]

A greenish-grey fish with black stripes down the length of the body.

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