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Cyprinella spiloptera a schooling fish?


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#1 Aquarist Fist

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  • Oregon

Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:47 PM

Hi all,

 

I have a 60 gallon planted tank with a male Lepomis megalotis and two Lepomis marginatus, plus a lone diamon tetra who thinks he's a sunfish. I am thinking about adding some spotfin shiners (Cyprinella spiloptera), but I can't seem to find out whether those guys are schooling fish. Would a group of 3-4 be enough to keep them happy or do they need a larger school?

 



#2 Michael Wolfe

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  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 19 March 2018 - 02:15 PM

In my experience most Cyprinella are fine in smaller numbers as you suggest. I havent kept spotfins but I am guessing they would fit the pattern.
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#3 keepnatives

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 05:59 PM

Spotfins are great fish, I'd keep 5 or 6 though you might get away with less.  They like to spar and show off for the females. 


Mike Lucas
Mohawk-Hudson Watershed
Schenectady NY

#4 Aquarist Fist

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  • Oregon

Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:43 PM

Fantastic, thanks you two. I'll get 5-6 but won't sweat it if I lose one or two during the adjustment period. Hopefully that can be avoided, but I need to order them online, so that always comes with a risk. 



#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:55 PM

Jonah's surely has them, and Mark does a good job shipping, so I would expect a good outcome. Spotfins are a pretty hardy species to boot.


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#6 Aquarist Fist

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:11 PM

Thanks! I was planning to get them from Zimmerman's. That's where I got my sunfish from, and they did a great job with the shipping as well. 


Edited by Aquarist Fist, 19 March 2018 - 09:17 PM.


#7 Michael Wolfe

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  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 19 March 2018 - 10:46 PM

The proprietors of both those businesses are NANFA members and well known to many of us here, and they both do a great job.


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#8 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:41 AM

Yes, Brian is great. I didn't realize he had spotfins on his list. Can't go wrong.


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