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Very popular for stocking in dams and aquaponics. Also an easily kept fish in unheated tanks or large garden ponds. Silver Perch tolerate wide water parameters and are a hardy native Australian species. They are adaptable to cold and tropical water climates. 

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Features of Silver Perch:

  • Adults develop a deep body and are silver to silverish-green in colour
  • Suitable for larger aquariums, aquaponics, ponds & dams
  • Grows up to 40cm
  • Egg layers
  • Care level: Beginner


The Best Aquarium Size Silver Perch:

Silver Perch can be kept in aquariums 150L or larger. They are good jumpers, a tight fitted lid is advised. They can also be kept in home aquaponic systems of 1 fish per 20 litres.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Silver Perch are a relatively peaceful fish although they must be kept with other active species that cannot fit in their mouth and will not be scared by their activity. Silver Perch can be kept as a single species, or with other larger species.

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Silver Perch are omnivores and are easy to feed. They readily accept pellets as the primary diet. Naturally they have a high protein diet eating insect larvae, crustaceans and plant matter. For healthy Silver Perch, ensure to feed a varied diet that includes live, frozen and freeze dried blackworms, bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia.

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Silver Perch Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Silver Perch enjoy clean and well filtered water with moderate flow. They can be heavy waste producers so ensure to select an aquarium filter that is up to the challenge. Some quality aquarium filter brands to consider inlcude Eheim, Fluval, Oase, Ocean Free, Aqua One.

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Aquarium Plants for Silver Perch

Silver Perch are a shy species and will benefit from aquatic plants for protection and places to shelter. They can be known to eat plants. They will nibble on soft leaf plants, which can be provided to supplement the diet. Ensure plenty of swimming space.

Some aquarium plants to consider include:

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Aquarium Decorations

Driftwood & rock is the ideal aquarium ornament as Silver Perch love to swim about and hide behind structure. Resin aquarium ornaments can also be used to add character to your aquarium and enhance it's design. 

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Aquarium Lighting

Silver Perch enjoy a shaded, more dimly lit aquarium. If keeping live aquatic plants, consider lighting requirements for ideal plant growth. Replicate daylight hours of 8-10 hours per day. Plants will create needed shade for your fish.

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Aquarium Substrate

Gravels are great aquarium substrates for this larger species. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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