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What to feed bluegill? #14022965 06/06/21 11:56 PM
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Looking at keeping some at the house. What should I feed them little rascals?

Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14023082 06/07/21 02:00 AM
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Ya mean like pets?

Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14023116 06/07/21 02:23 AM
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I would think any type of freshwater aquarium fish food would work. Several anglers who post here have aquariums, hopefully some of them will reply. thumb


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Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14023377 06/07/21 01:18 PM
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Friend of mine who has an aquarium with a couple of sunfish in it uses regular gold fish feed he gets from Walmart. He as had them for awhile and they seem to be doing well.

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Give them regular fish food from Walmart. You can spoil them every now and then by giving them some chopped up night crawlers! food roflmao

Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14023478 06/07/21 02:39 PM
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I like to "feed" them pieces of crawler on a 1/64th oz jig hook. But that isn't gonna work for you. I would imagine they would enjoy some mealworms and crickets like you can buy at the pet store.


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Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14024019 06/07/21 10:42 PM
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Protein is the key. Many commercial foods are low protein and not good for bluegill. You can find food made specifically for them.

https://www.amazon.com/Fish-Feed/s?k=Fish+Feed

Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14024064 06/07/21 11:35 PM
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If you are keeping them inside floating Koi pellets work great and are very high protein.

That is what I feed mine that are outside in a 200 gallon pond. They also like minnows but will eat you out of house and home on those. I have 3 in my little pond and they can destroy 30 minnows in 24 hours.

Worms are good, they will eat corn and bread. But for high quality stuff go with koi food.



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The reason I ask if they are inside is that if they are outside in winter they wont take the floating Koi food. You have to switch it up to shrimp pellets that sink. It takes them a while to figure out the pellets but once they get it... they get it!

They LOVE pieces of shrimp also. Like they crave that.



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Heck, two dozen gills come to where I'm standing on shore when I feed them tiny pieces of bread daily in my pond. Must be like fast food for those fish!

Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14027334 06/10/21 04:29 PM
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What size fish?

For adults, I rotate between frozen Shrimp and Tilapia (cut up), Nightcrawlers, and Cichlid pellets (floating and slow sinking). Only feed enough to where its all eaten within 1 minute, if still hungry feed more. You don’t want uneaten food to sit around, that will funk up your water. If they are little, buy some frozen plankton, blood worms, and brine shrimp.


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Don’t limit yourself to just BG’s, lots of other species out there with cool colors and different personalities.


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Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14029048 06/11/21 11:06 PM
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I feed them floating catfish food from Tractors supply. thumb

Re: What to feed bluegill? [Re: Brian C.] #14030401 06/13/21 01:24 PM
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Neat thread.

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