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Etheostoma pulchellum?

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#1 Betta132

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 09:54 PM

I was playing around on fishesoftexas.org, and I managed to locate my exact little stretch of river, so I started flicking through the list of darters in hopes of IDing a former catch. Turns out they were Etheostoma pulchellum, who don't seem to have a common name. Does anyone know anything about their care? Anything other than just typical darter care? What would be an ideal M/F ratio, if I can manage to tell them apart?

They would be going in a 70g indoor container pond. And yes, there's a high-flow area, in fact half the pond is set up for darters- reasonably high flow, no plants in that half, rocks to hide under/around. 

For anyone curious, this is my usual haunt: http://www.fishesoft..._name=undefined(Set to "hybrid" and zoom in until you see San Gabriel park, slightly southeast of Lake Georgetown. I usually fish right by the big dam, or slightly upstream of where I35 crosses the river.

#2 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 10:17 AM

E. pulchellum is basically a type of orangethroat darter (E. spectabile). It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of orangethroat darter, but it is now in the process of being elevated to full species. I believe its common name is Plains Darter. You won't find much information on it under its new name. Search for captive care information on orangethroat darter instead, since that's what it was known as until very recently.

#3 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 06:18 PM

If it is just a "type of" orangethroat, then the care should be pretty easy, right?  I always thought that they were kinda like a rainbow darter... pretty easy to care from... and from the snorkel experience this summer they dont even hang in the highest flow, so you should not have a problem with that aspect of their husbandry.

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