NANFA-- darter food

Geoff and Julie Kimber (
Sun, 24 Jun 2001 15:19:04 -0500

When I collected with Mark Binkley in Columbus, OH, we found several
beautiful species of darters, including variagate darters. Mark told me
that these fish are not aggressive eaters and that I needed to be sure they
got enough food or they'd waste away.

I was really concerned about this because they were not eating enough when I
tried to feed bloodworms and mosquito larvae (frozen).

Then, I stopped by the seafood dept in wal-mart and got some raw oysters
pre-shucked in a jar. Yuck. I bought some anyway because they were pretty
inexpensive. I chopped them up along with some shrimp tails and washed the
resulting mess.

I put it in the tank and WHAM! The fish love it. In fact, the varigate
darter actually fights with a larger green-side darter for choice morsels.
I have even seen the variagate take food out of the greenside's mouth.

So, the questions are:

Anyone tried this before? Any pitfalls I should be aware of? I vary the
diet to include frozen mosquito largae and bloodworms, which the daters all
eat (including the variagate to and extent)

Geoff Kimber

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