Re: NANFA-- Odd breeding colors on a rainbow darter
Tue, 10 Oct 2000 21:03:29 EDT

In a message dated 10/10/00 5:41:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Yesterday i noticed that one of my male darters went into
breeding colors..but just for a few hours. He was extremely dark and
colorful, and had his dorsal fin raised, and was being territorial. Later I
saw him eating one of the moss/algae plants growing on a rock i had
from the darters habitat. He would occasionally nip at the tips of the
feathery leaves. He is very healthy, and there is nothing wrong with him
what i can see. I thought for sure that rainbows don't show breeding colors
this time of year. Whats the deal? -Dan

If you just brought him in from cooler water to warmer water....or from short
day to longer day he might be stimulated into coming into spawning condition.
Some fish really show their breeding colors for only a short time...right
when they're spawning or displaying. These can be "turned on or off" really

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