NANFA-- Curious fish mixture

Steven A. Ellis (
Sat, 16 Feb 2002 18:09:33 -0500

I recently got some speckled dace from a gentleman out west. When they were
ready, I put them in a tank with some of the OH fish I collected at the
convention. Some of those are darters. I wasn't prepared for the voracious
appetites of the little dace. They eat constantly! When there's nothing
left to eat they still scurry around looking for food.

Soon I began to notice that they were bumping into the darters a lot. It
wasn't nipping....more like the fish version of our, "You gonna' eat that?"
It finally occurred to me that the dace had probably never even seen a
darter before, and I'm guessing that they were checking to see if the
stationary fishes in front of them were alive or not.

Eventually I had to move the darters out to another tank. They were getting
so thin it was obvious that they were not going to be able to compete with
the speckled dace for food. Sure enough, in the new tank, where there was
no competition for food at the gravel level, they filled right back out. As
for the dace, it's a good thing they don't grow very large or they would
quickly own the whole tank.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

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