Re: NANFA-- red, redfin, rainbow???

Brian Haas (
Fri, 22 Jun 2001 11:15:21 -0500

>I understand that the Red SHINER is marketed as the RAINBOW DACE and
>sometimes as the RAINBOW DANIO and that I own 2 males. Depending on
>lighting and angle of view these have silver/blue/violet bodies and pinkish
>red/pastel orange fins.
>But i have also heard of redFIN shiners, RAINBOW SHINERS, and I think
>another fish called a rainbow dace (henceforth refered to as "TURE rainbow

Rainbow Shiners and Red Shiners are two different fish. The other names
are, well, names for who knows what species.

The internet can be a great place to get information, but I highly suggest
that you get a copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes by
Page and Burr. It's only about $20 and, in my opinion, the best way to get
a firm grasp on everything. In this book, you're able to see a picture
(painting) and description for basically every fish in the country. It's
the starting point from which all other understanding of native fish can
come. Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but it's a really good book.

Travis Haas
Hazel Green, WI

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