Re: NANFA-- mudminnows spawn in pail

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 8 Apr 2004 23:54:32 -0500

Alright, if I get a chance I will do it. Meanwhile I will see if anymore
viable eggs are in the pail, and keep track of what these do. For the life
of me I don't know why I never tried this before, let me explain:

I have always liked mudminnows, and they rank right up there with my
favorites. It would be nice if their common name could be changed to pygmy
pike, it would be alot more attractive. I would like to try to get some
breeding color male pictures. They are incredible. The central mud in David
Schlesser's book, Native Aquarium Fishes, is one I sent him, and it held its
color pretty good. Even out of color, the male and some females are
attractive enough. Easterns are mostly just browns, but still pleasing. And
when some males around spawning turn almost black and get the blue anal fin,
they are quite impressive. I also noticed these nicer easterns have a
motteled pattern the rest of the year. I just yammered on about the looks of
these fish, and didn't even get into their awesome personalities. If you
like pike ( Esox), and don't have room, get a mudminnow or two, or three or
four. Feed them H. fomosa ( or other tiny fish) that area easy enough to
culture and you can watch them hunt and feed just as pike do.

Ray W.
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