Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis)
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7.0 - 7.5
This animal is available captive bred
- Red Shiner, Rainbow Dace
Additional scientific names
- Leuciscus lutrensis, Notropis lutrensis, Cyprinella beckwithi
- North America: Mississippi River basin from southern Wisconsin and eastern Indiana to South Dakota and Wyoming and south to Louisiana, USA; Gulf drainages west of Mississippi River to Rio Grande in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, USA. Widely introduced elsewhere in USA. Also in northern Mexico.
- Mature males will be far more colourful and have breeding tubercles similar to Goldfish when sexually mature.
- An active temperate fish that is quite colourful in the right housing. Can be housed with other cool-water fast-swimming fish such as White Cloud Mountain Minnows or Zebra Danios. Should not be housed with Goldfish as the Red Shiner can be a fin-nipping risk. They should be kept in groups of at least 4-5 of their own kind.
- Should accept most foods, including pellets and flake, as well as live/frozen food such as daphnia and bloodworm, and will also graze on some soft algae.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- An active fish, they need a spacious mature tank kept cool, ideally 22°C (71.6°F) max, and well oxygenated.
- An active loosely-shoaling fish.
- A long oval-shaped fish with a silver body with blue iridescence. All the fins are a vivid red/orange in colour, with some red also around the head. There is a dark vertical band just behind the gill plates and the lateral line may also appear darker.
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