NANFA-- Blacktail shiners

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 31 Jul 2003 10:48:06 -0400

I have a tank going with fish collected in the Sipsey Fork, AL, during the
convention. In an unusual shaped, shallow 15 gal. tank there are 2 blacktail
shiners (Cyprinella venusta), 2 blackspotted topminnows (Fundulus olivaceus;
not notatus!!) and 1 silverstripe shiner, Notropis stilbius. Only the
silverstripe seems to be comfortable in this tank so far, and the two
blacktails are very cagey hiding in the ample rocks on the bottom. They will
come out and eat, darting up and back to grab whatever food I put in;
they're not picky eaters! I've never kept blacktails before, so I was
curious if anyone has any experience with their aquarium behavior. They're
handsome, moving fish so I hope they'll relax and be more visible in the
near future.

As always, thanks!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
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