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I’m thinking about Darters. Can’t shake it. I’m liking cool water tanks. I may try some Dace too. Or… some new Hydrophlox shiners.

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I added more creek rocks, totally cleaned, and long used in other tanks. More bronze crypt with root tabs… a bunch of Catappa leaves… new (grumpy) Java moss…

I think I’ll plan on a little powerhead like I just set up in my Rainbow Shiner tank…

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Now… I’m trying to choose a Darter species…

Im leaning towards one of these two:

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On 9/17/2021 at 2:29 PM, anewbie said:

Ouch - no need to shout ! More seriously how do you deal with summer for a 'cold water' aquarium ? Having once lived in your neck of the wood wouldn't the aquarium be mid to upper 70's during summer ?

Sorry for the “loud” text. 😂 I was driving… asked SIRI for help… so yeah… that happened.

Hmm… well, I don’t fuss too much with water temperature. This is in my heated basement, so it stays around 68-72° F year-round. I _will_ however perform COLD water changes, and adjust light / photo period to correspond to the shorter winter / longer summer hours. 

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On 9/17/2021 at 1:46 PM, ARMYVET said:

pretty fish!   In the post above with the Datrers...what is the top one?  That looks amazing as well!

Sorry… I was driving. Let’s see… 

This one is Etheostoma blennoides (Greenside Darter)

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And this one is Etheostoma zonale (Banded Darter)


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They always look gorgeous “in situ” — in nature. But they get dull in a home tank unless you care for them right:

(1) Feed them good live foods

(2) Keep strong flow going in the tank

(3) Keep several pairs, so that males will color up at one another

Interestingly, the Banded Darter may prove to be the more green of the two.

Here’s an inspiring looking one in a university tank…

 

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On 9/17/2021 at 3:00 PM, Fish Folk said:

Sorry… I was driving. Let’s see… 

This one is Etheostoma blennoides (Greenside Darter)

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And this one is Etheostoma zonale (Banded Darter)


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They always look gorgeous “in situ” — in nature. But they get dull in a hone tank unless you care for them right:

(1) Feed them good live foods

(2) Keep strong flow going in the tank

(3) Keep several pairs, so that males will color up at one another

Interestingly, the Banded Darter may prove to be the more green of the two.

Here’s an inspiring looking one in a university tank…

 

See thats what I love...that is a very awesome fish to watch and its just beautiful!

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