I have three Central Longear Sunfish from Jonah's Aquarium and I would love some suggestions of what kind of shiner type fish would do well with them. (Actually I am not 100% sure they are Longear - I ordered both Longear and Dollars and all of one kind died off, but I was never totally sure which was which. One species had orange in the anal fin while other species had dusky anal fins.I still have the ones that have orange anal fins.) I believe I have a male and two females, or else a male and two indeterminate sub-dominate specimens.
I was thinking of getting rainbow shiners or something like that. I want something big enough not to get eaten, tough enough to take a bit of nipping from the sunfish and hopefully somewhat attractive. I would prefer something that would naturally live in the Central Longear's range, but that I can either catch locally in WI or might be available as bait fish to a Cabella's. (My LFS guy also takes care of Cabella's fish and he said there are a bunch of shiner type fish he can order as feeders and give to me if I want. He said there is a decent selection available to him, I'm just not sure exactly what species. He thought they had Rainbow shiners. Obviously if I do that I will quarantine them well.)
Any other ideas?