Originally Posted by DRock
I think studying one in captivity for a year would be awesome, it would have to be released eventually though.
First off, to even consider keeping a Bass in captivity, it would have to be for the entre life of the fish. It is illegal to release a fish back into the wild after it has been raised/kept in a tank.
second of all, that tank is way too small for him. It will stunt his physical and mental growth. For a Single Largemouth bass, you would be lookin at ~100 gallons MINIMUM. Is the tank at least heated? >.> is it cycled? Your best bet for feeding him in the meantime is beef heart as a staple and crayfish to supplement the diet only once a week tops. You can also try blanched veggies and shrimp.
If you feed him feeder goldfish everyday as his staple, I would put money on bad things happening. Feeders are always raised in over crowded tank, which supresses their immune system and opens them up to all types of problems. For every feeder fish you feed the bass, you will be running the risk of transferring ANY of the following into your tank, and therefore the bass.
Bacteria which could cause Columnaris or full body fungus, essentially eating way the flesh of the bass.
and a host of other problems.
That, coupled with the fact that they aren't even healthy for the bass, is good enough reason to steer clear of them IMO.
Well, now that I sounded like a prick, but told you what you needed to hear, have fun
Get a bigger tank and enjoy the bass for the extent of his life
If you need any help, feel free to PM me.