RE: NANFA-- Blacktail shiners

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Thu, 31 Jul 2003 11:20:45 -0500

Bruce writes:
>>>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<<<

Jan replies:
Those would be C. venusta stigmaturus, which I have never kept. C. venusta
venusta that I have kept were never shy. They schooled boldly out in the
open, but that may have been a result of me keeping larger groups (> 5).
There were several articles in American Currents on venusta in the 70s - two
by Michael Patterson in 1978 - the first was on behavior and aquarium care,
the second on field observations of breeding and his successful rearing of
juveniles from eggs collected in the field.
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