Re: NANFA-- Much Ado About Spawning

R. W. Wolff (
Mon, 10 Mar 2003 22:12:38 -0600

In tanks or in my ponds orange spots used gravel. In fact in the pond they
picked an area of coarse gravel in some current over areas of sand in still
water and areas of fine gravel in lesser current. However, they spawn just
about anywhere. In tanks it seems all lepomis pick a front corner of the
tank. Probably with my tanks is because the backs are piled with large rocks
or chunks of driftwood and thick weeds . Could also be that the corner of
the tank has swirling water from any available current, instead of one
direction? Orange spotteds I have oberserved in tanks, my ponds and the wild
made nests that were on the small side. 5 to 8 inches across, shallow dug.
They seemed not to be terribly nasty to other fish in the tank, which
consisted of other orange spotted sunfish. One thing, there fry are very
tiny and seem to be hard to raise, as compared to other lepomis.

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