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What to feed Golden Shiners?

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#1 DaveW

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 10:53 AM

I've got a few wild-caught Golden Shiners that so far don't seem to have eaten anything for me. I've tried tropical fish flakes, frozen brine shrimp, and frozen bloodworms.

They're in a tank with some darters that feed avidly, and I thought that would help the shiners learn to eat these things, but so far it doesn't look like it.


Any suggestions?


#2 DaveW

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 10:55 AM

I take it back--they are finally eating the tropical flakes!

#3 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 01:16 PM

I am surprised. Shiners are usually quick to take flake. Some even day one in captivity. I've never kept wild caught golden shiners. How many days before they started eating?

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#4 Fleendar the Magnificent

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 03:03 PM

My spotfin shiners took flake food within 2 hours of being put in the tank. Shiners, like the bluntnose minnows seem to take flake food quickly. If no success, let them get good and hungry. Within a day or two they'll figure it out.


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#5 JasonL

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 08:58 PM

I've kept several wild caught golden shiners for a couple years now. I'm not sure there's anything they won't eat.

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