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#1 Ruben

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  • Belgium

Posted 31 May 2017 - 01:53 PM



My friends and me from the local aquarium club in Belgium are building habitat aquariums with rainbow shiners and rainbow darters... really love them, beautifull fish!

Now we are looking for more information:


-we have seen a lot of video about the layout: gravel, rocks, sand, driftwood...


-we are looking for info about the water parameters in the wild, PH, total hardness, carbonate hardness, conductivity...


-breeding reports in aquariums, experiences,...


All links and info are very welcome!!!


Thanks in advance



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#2 mattknepley

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:13 AM

Hi Ruben, and welcome!

The specifics of water chemistry I can not give you, but I am sure the info is here to be had. Breeding reports as well. If no one with better knowledge than I have has specifics for you soon, I will try to find some.
Matt Knepley
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#3 littlen

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  • Washington, D.C.

Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:40 AM

As Matt alluded to, if you search the forum you'll find a lot of members, myself included, who have bred Rainbow shiners.  I'll be vague to say that you'll find they are relatively easy to breed.  Matching their water parameters in the wild is not necessary.  I was able to breed them in very hard, alkaline water from the Washington D.C. and surrounding northern Virginia areas.

There is dedicated darter breeder "Ken" who has bred many species.  He can likely give you some pointers for getting Rainbows to spawn.

In general, cooler water is preferable but not always a must.  The big trigger for spawning events seems to be photoperiod--and decreasing/increasing it during the seasons.



http://forum.nanfa.o...ken#entry128936 (This link has additional info on lighting).





Nick L.

#4 gerald

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  • Wake Forest, North Carolina

Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:01 AM

Both rainbow shiners and rainbow darters tend to do better in water that is not too soft -- at least 3 dGH and dKH (about 50 mg/L hardness and alkalinity) or greater, and pH 6.4 to 8.3.  They don't usually occur in very soft or acidic water. 


(upper pH revised according to Matt's post below)

Gerald Pottern
Hangin' on the Neuse
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#5 Matt DeLaVega

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  • Ohio

Posted 02 June 2017 - 03:55 PM

We are not rainbow darter poor in my area at all. Probably our most common darter species. Streams in my area are pretty consistently about pH 8.3 at normal flow. A bit lower after a substantial rain event. We sit on a lot of limestone.

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#6 FirstChAoS

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 01:04 PM

After you take care of the darters and shiners you can move on to Rainbow Smelt and Rainbow Trout. :) Get the skittles tanks going and taste the rainbow!

#7 Andrew Novice

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  • Lansing, IA

Posted 14 July 2018 - 12:57 AM

Anyone know a source of Rainbow Shiners.  Not having much luck searching.  I'm in Iowa.  Thanks.

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