How to Take Care of Your Pet… Largemouth Bass?

Don’t know anything about bass? Well, then we can share everything a bass keeper should know.

I have had my pet bass for more than a year now and it is still doing fine.

Largemouth bass are incredible animals that can also make incredible pets. The reason bass are so popular for pets are that they are so fun to watch while feeding them. The bass is a very aggressive predator towards animals smaller than itself, think of it as a bully. To observe this feeding behavior, fisherman can keep bass as pets to decide how they will fish for wild bass. Bass are very interactive meaning you can feed them by hand. Bass are also very intelligent, they will learn that you’re the source of food so it will greet you with excitement every time. Bass and other North American game fish are tougher and live longer than tropical fish found in your local pet store. Interested? Well than you need…

1.      Fish tank with at least a 100 gallon capacity (bigger is better).

2.      A baby largemouth bass (babies adapt more easily and faster).

3.      Gravel.

4.      Plants or plastic plants.

5.      Food, food can depend on your preference, live foods such as minnows, crayfish, bugs, frogs and leeches can be caught yourself or bought, and even slices of fish or meat will do but may taint the water. What I prefer to feed my bass is a handful of dried anchovies that are sold at Asian markets or the Asian section of your local grocery store. The anchovies come in a large quantity and are very cheap compared to live food. Note that you should get the small ones.

 

Well Good Luck!!! Got any questions? Please ask on the comment section and I will respond right away.

 

 

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  1. John

    On August 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I have a question. We have a pet Spotted Bass (we are pretty sure). He does something weird all the time now. He has uncontrollable seizures with his mouth and head. Twitching so fast it almost seems robotic. I have never had a pet bass, so I don’t know if he is aiding in digestion or has a problem. Once he stops, he seems ok. Maybe turning on the light scares him? Maybe swallowed a small piece of gravel? Also, he seems like he wants food right in front of him before he takes it. He chases minnows, but not for long. He is new to the tank so I figure he just needs to get used to it. The seizure thing is really puzzling to me though. Any ideas?

  2. moonsumoonsu

    On August 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

    This behaviour is pretty strange, I have never seen my bass twitch before, but my pet sunfish do this all the time so it may be normal for spotted bass. Also the twitching may be caused by bacteria, fungus, or parasites that have established themselves near the mouth or maybe its gills are irratated by the chlorine. Also it’s normal for new fish to be lazy espacially when chasing food, my bass never ate in the first 2 days then gradually became more aggressive. well if you have more questions, im glad to help out.
    Well good luck!!!

  3. james

    On August 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    i have 2 baby large mouth bass and want to know what to feed them and how often to feed them. i also have baby blue gill and sunfish what do they eat as well.

  4. moonsumoonsu

    On August 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

    james, when all the fish i had were really young, i recommend feeding them worms. If you cant get worms, you could buy small bugs at your local petshop like mealworms.

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  6. Jonah

    On November 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    The rapid twitching of the uppermost part of the body including the head is a typical behavior. Nothing to worry about. Its assummed to be related to the establishment of social rankings within the aquarium between aggressive fish (territory basically), and/or breeding type behavior. Science is still trying to pin the interesting behavior down. Its most common amongst cichlids. I’ve usually witnessed it when adding new members to a tank. It is unlike the classic “shimmy” you see in captive Mollies, where it is due to a drop in temperature or too cool of a temperature for the fish, and the fish becomes hypothermic, and usually wipes out. Don’t worry!

  7. Ray

    On February 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I have a large mouth bass that i caught in a canal. My question is how often do i feed it. It’s about 8 inches long. Ive bought 40 feeder gold fish which were reall small. He ate them in 2 days. So i dont know what else to feed him or how often. thanks,
    Ray

  8. brandon

    On August 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I have had a native tank for 3 years now several large and small mouth bass perch sunfish cats etc keep them till they get too big then put them in my pond however recently my bass have gotten like dead skin on them the rub the log and get it off but I’m concerned tanks clean frequent water changes bass seem otherwise healthy?

  9. brandon

    On August 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Also bass twitching is very normal and a sign of a aggressive bass the baddass ones twitch and wiggle with there mouths open

  10. moonsumoonsu

    On August 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

    But sometimes it may also be signs of ick

  11. Chris

    On October 12, 2011 at 12:52 am

    hi me and my buddy just got a largemouth bass, about 6 inches. can you please give me any advice?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DBzu6xOxb4

  12. logan

    On March 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Would a 55 gallon tank be okay?

  13. logan

    On March 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Would a 55 gallon tank be okay?

  14. Nick

    On May 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    How often do you feed your largemouth bass a day??????

  15. Nick

    On May 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    How often do you feed your largemouth bass a day??????

  16. CRL

    On June 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    @ Nick, I feed my Large moth 40 gold fish a week 20 on Monday & 20 on Friday. They can also eat worms. How big is yours ?

  17. Mary

    On August 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I have a 6 inch large mouth bass in my 55 gallon tank. Recently we got him some minnows to eat. We put them in the tank and after 2 days of them in there I noticed some of the minnows having white spots. I removed the minnows, but now I noticed the bass is rubbing itself across the aquarium gravel. What do I do?

  18. Mario Diaz

    On March 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Will a 10 gallon tank do good for two or one largemouth bass

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