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Several fish you could collect from creeks here in the States. I am breeding these for a NANF Retailer now…

(1) Notropis chrosomus. Rainbow Shiners. US Native Range:

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Thriving in my 33-gal long tank:

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Females typically lack the all blue face. This one below has a lot of colors going on!

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This male is a pretty high-level blue scale count.

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(2) Etheostoma zonale. Banded Darters. Native Range:

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Enjoying life in my 29 gal tall aquarium:

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When I first added to my tank, their lighter-colored bars were much more golden.

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They spawn one time a year. I collected eggs in a mop just like Killifish.

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Get to know native species in your state if you’re in the USA. I started a short list here awhile ago…

 

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I caught a new species (for me) recently which I think would be cool in an aquarium

Longear sunfish:

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Do you know anything about what their care might be?

I also went seining for bait and caught a variety of small species which could be good for a native tank.

blackstripe topminnow:IMG_3500.jpeg.7201f2f760263e15b8f35e5130ebd4ee.jpeg

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Starhead Topminnow:IMG_3504.jpeg.337051faed50a80fb4a7aa19c116d97c.jpeg

I should have brought my ACO specimen cup so I could show them in the water

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On 6/1/2024 at 9:40 PM, macdaddy36 said:

I caught a new species (for me) recently which I think would be cool in an aquarium

Longear sunfish:

IMG_3492.jpeg.949aef94f67c0a1f8d2189eef8669db2.jpegIMG_3489.jpeg.11839f52e0b1f87f8442abc24d01c55f.jpeg

Do you know anything about what their care might be?

I also went seining for bait and caught a variety of small species which could be good for a native tank.

blackstripe topminnow:IMG_3500.jpeg.7201f2f760263e15b8f35e5130ebd4ee.jpeg

IMG_3501.jpeg.b82e21a1786e810df308ed92d10a580c.jpeg
Starhead Topminnow:IMG_3504.jpeg.337051faed50a80fb4a7aa19c116d97c.jpeg

I should have brought my ACO specimen cup so I could show them in the water

There’s a lot of help over on NANFA for your questions.

The sunfish will not stay small! I would not put one in a tank less than 75 gallons. They’re aggressive and predatory… but have bern known to sulk in back corners of aquariums. That’s a gorgeous fish though! It needs a very hospitable environment, with hours of direct sunlight… a truly 5-star diet in hime aquaria. But even after all that… they tend to wash out colors and break down in tanks.

Top-Minnows and Fundulus species are excellent in home aquaria! Much easier to fit and care for. Typically add oxygen (air stones, etc) and live foods yo most NANF tanks.

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