Re: NANFA-- Rainbow shiners spawning

Roselawn Museum (
Fri, 09 Feb 2001 10:16:34 -0500

I also have some from the Little Wiilis Creek. Mine seem extremely
sensitive to changes in water temperature. As I add the colder water during
water changes, their color becomes more intense and they get a lot more
active. After a couple of days they become more subdued. Of course, none of
my tanks are presently setup with anything approaching optimum breeding
conditions, so I would never expect to see the vivid colors shown in the

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

>Well, not really astounded, I have faith in your photography. So your
>population is from the lower Alabama River? I think this species is really a
>complex of somewhat differentiated populations, from the Alabama, Cahaba,
>Coosa and up into the Conasauga systems (but not the Tallapoosa...). Mine
>are from Collinsville, AL, in Little Willis Creek (which runs into the
>Coosa), just east of I-59, which seems to have become the nexus for rainbow
>shiner collecting (it's easy, for one thing). A tip to any grad students
>looking for a research project--this species' ecology is still largely
>--Bruce Stallsmith
>Huntsville, AL

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