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Barramundi in tanks?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Discussion' started by Loopy, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. Loopy

    Loopy New Member

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    Hi guys,
    just had a thought the other day, alot of people keep small cod in their fish tanks, can you do the same with Barra? are there any laws/regulations etc that say you can or can't?

    if you are allowed to, are they a fish that will only grow as big as it's environment allows or will they quickly outgrow their tank? Also, are the barra a territorial fish like the cod and will attack any other fish in the tank?

    As you can see i haven't even started any research on how or where i would get the fish (if you can), i just thought that i would put the thought out there and see what response i get.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Tombowler76

    Tombowler76 EEEE OOORRR!

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    G'Day Loopy
    Yes you can purchase small Barra from aquariums for fish tanks. They are often smaller stock from farms and are hatchery bred so will redily take pellet feeds making feeding easy. They are very powerful fish, grow quickly and are quite aggressive to other species and their own just like Murray Cod.
    Ive seen kilo Barra smash 12mm cover glass striking at bubbles on the surface, so you need a BIG STRONG tank if growing them to any sort of size.
    I know in Vic their are specific facility requirements for commercial farms growing Barra due to a virus which is contagious to other species, basically bund walls etc to prevent the escape of water and stock into local waterways. This isnt the case for home aquariums though.
    Cheers
    Tom
     
  3. sucram

    sucram New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Im new here!

    I am looking into the same thing, except I want a community of freshwater Oz natives.

    Here is what I am looing to keep:

    From what I gather, they are boring fish but really fun at feeding time, especially with live food!
     
  4. Loopy

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    i know basically nothing about keeping these type of fish, but my first guess is that you would need one hell of a tank to keep even one of each living happily together.
    sounds much the same as the MC.
     
  5. sucram

    sucram New Member

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    Basically Im looking to get them as small fingerlings (4-5cm) so it shouldnt be that bad to start with
     
  6. Nel

    Nel New Member

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    I kept a Barra and a Saratoga together in a standard 6" tank for about 18 months with no problem. The Saratoga ate live crickets and the Barramundi fed on Goldfish that are sold specifically to feed them and lionfish etc. I eventually got rid of it as my missus thought it was cruel.

    I sold the Barramundi for the same price I purchased it for ($45.00) but the Saratoga I managed to sell for $120 after I'd paid about $65 for it. They'd grown substantially in that time. Let me know if you need any advice.
     
  7. Loopy

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    Hi Nel, was that in fresh or salt water? how many goldfish did the barra eat per day or week?

    are they an interesting fish to watch?
     
  8. Nel

    Nel New Member

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    It was fresh water and I purchased him at somewhere between 10-15cm in length. He ate 1 goldfish per day and I has a seperate smaller tank where I'd keep them, buying a bunch every week or so. These goldfish have a special name and I can't for the life of me remember it. They were mainly brown and has things wrong with them such as malformed fins or tails etc and cost at that stage about 50c each.

    The Barra would hide in between the plants that I had in the tank most if not all of the time. Once I'd place the fish in there, he wouldn't go chasing it but would acutally wait for it to come close enouguh to him. When it was close enough, all you'd see is a blur as he attacked and retreated to his position. Then you'd see the goldfish squirming in his stomach which is what made the missus want me to get rid of it!

    For gracefulness and beauty, nothing could go past the saratoga though....
     
  9. Loopy

    Loopy New Member

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    do you think a couple of these would look good in a tank together?
     
  10. Loopy

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    found this information about the Saratoga on this site http://www.nativefish.asn.au/saratoga.html

     
  11. Nel

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    yep definitely. Like I said, the Saratoga would feed on crickets, on the water surface. It's actually just glide across to it's meal and gulp it down. Aquariums also sell crickets if you couldn't be bothered catching them yourself. Just keep them in a large take away container with some holes on it's cover and some straw. Store it in the fridge and they'll last quite a few days. The advantage of buying your feed from an aquarium is minimising the risk of contamination.

    If you go ahead and do it, post some pics... I'm going to see if I can find some old pics myself.
     
  12. Nel

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    By the way, reading your link for the saratoga, I wouldn't recommend keeping 2 or more saratogas together. They do fine with the Barramundi as I said but don't put anything smaller in the tank with it!
     
  13. fisherman347

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    hi Loopy, hi Nel, a couple of years ago a friend of mine run a Tackle shop,he had a Barra in the Tank i spose it would of gone about 30cm long,he had freshwater shrimp in the tank, only a few at a time,of coarse, every now & then he would feed it a Yabbie, or even a Bardi Grub, however he feed it a goldfish & that was his downfall, it was to be the Barra"s last meal. Unfortunatly the Goldfish had some sort of bacteria build up just under it's scales,which in turn was enough to kill the poor "Barra",.All i can say fellow's is be careful what you feed ya fish,for i think i,ve just explained what can happen if your not careful....reguard's Greg..
     
  14. Nel

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    G'day Fisherman347. That's a good call. I may have been lucky enough never to have had that problem. I wonder how prevelant that'd be though? What about ppl who feed solely goldfish to their Lionfish in a marine setup? Could it be that the salt water kills those bacteria?
     
  15. fisherman347

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    Hi Nel thank's for the reply,that's a very interesting point you raise on the salt water & Bacteria, ya see were i did my pro fishing(in the Gulph,of Carp), the water tempreture stayed around 18-24cel all year around,and belive it or not thats a perfect temp for Bacteria to thrive in, hence the scar's on my body from sea boil's,it's not that i,m or ever have been unhygenic, but when i,d be working out the back deck of a trawler processing prawns, it,s hot, your body sweat's, your skin pour's open & yes in goes the bacteria, we used to wash ourselves after each shot with pinoclean,but more often than not the damage was already done, thats when the Magnoplasm used to come out, & yes i was not alone,so in summerising, i suppose sea temp must have a big bearing on things.cheer's Greg....
     
  16. User1

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    Well after losing some of my fish last week (read moving tanks thread) I visited my local aquarium shop and decided to go down another path this time.

    I bought a 20cm Barramundi and have been watching him for the last few days. VERY active fish, swimming around all day during the lit hours. Socialising with all other fish with no interest in them with the only exception being 2 x ~8cm Gourami's I have. He chases them all over the tank which is awesome to watch. But even if he caught them, he's not big enough to eat them yet.

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  17. Loopy

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    good on ya Marc, have you got any other photos? i'm curious to see them.
    So what is your current fish stock take?

    up until a short time ago i had a small freshwater eel (approx 15-18cm) in a tanks with two gold fish. he was also good fun to watch when he was active? however i did notce the condition of the gold fish tails deteriorating (fan tails). my guess is that the eel would nip at them as they swam by each other. do you think a barra would have a go an eel of this size?
     
  18. saraman

    saraman New Member

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    you will have no probs with a barra in a tank
    at the moment i have a 12inch sara in a 6foot tank. i have kept barra before
    killed one with kindness feed to many goldfish.these fish need a large tank
    so u can over feed these guys i feed my sara live food once a week
    frozen prawns plus crickets
    the biggest problem with these hungry fish is over feeding plus they grow
    big fast do your weekly water changes and you will have a nice big healthy
    fish for a long time
    rgards
    RICK
     
  19. tankdude14

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    Hey mate, I had a small barramundi in my cichlid tank which my brother stole off me, he had a 21 litre tank, he already had a 10cm one in his tank which fed on baby mullet, prawns (live) and shrimp. my 5cm one had grown another 5 cm while in the tank with his buddy and my brothers one grew to 16cm. he is moving em to a bigger tank (also these fish can range from freshwater, or if you want to make them real Happier you make the water Brackish (abit of sea salt in the water) really good fish
    Im also going to get another fishtank with 2x barramundi, 2x murray mc cod and 2 archerfish (and maybe a eel and freshwater crabs). I love watching all these fish eat!


    have a good time with your barra's
     
  20. Tommy

    Tommy New Member

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    wondering

    heyy its tommy i was just wondering if i could have two barra two saratoga and one murry cod the in one tank

    the tank is about 1 metre and i also go a little bule claw in there

    thanks
     

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