Emerald Shiner Care
Posted 09 November 2009 - 02:00 PM
Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:30 PM
Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:17 PM
Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:39 PM
Below I've attached my care sheet for Emerald Shiners. I used to sell them before the whole VHS thing here in Wisconsin. Your best bet, if you're getting them from a bait shop is to warm them up slowly to the temp of your tank. When you get up to temp, acclimate them carefully to the new tank's water chemistry. A good technique to use may be the drip-method. In order to get them eating quickly, after you've got them in the tank, keep one or more fish with them that are already acclimated to flake food. The Emeralds will learn much more quickly that the flake is food if someone "shows" them. Also, you may want to offer them live or frozen brine shrimp. They seem to like brine shrimp.
In addition to the gentle acclimation, you may want to parasite pre-treat them. That means treating them with a parasite-clearing medication, even if parasites aren't obvious on the fish. I use Parasite Clear by Jungle Labs for pre-treating. It seems to work pretty well.
Hope this helps! Any other questions, just ask! If I don't respond quickly here, the best way to get a hold of me is to email me. My email is below.
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 11:10 PM
Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:49 PM
I found they are much more fragile, sensitive, jumpy and have higher O demands than other bait. Keeping densities low, temps low and stable, water well oxygenated and protecting from being spooked helped keep my expensive bait alive in a bucket from week to week. Should work in a healthy tank.
Posted 13 November 2009 - 01:33 PM
Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:33 AM
As gerald said, the Rainbow Shiners are easier to keep. If you haven't already found a source for them, Sach's Systems Aquaculture is selling them. Their website is http://www.aquaculturestore.com. If you buy from them, please tell them that Brian from BTDarters sent you.
Posted 16 November 2009 - 12:59 PM
Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:35 PM
The trick for me was to collect them in winter. High mortality rate if you try to move them in summer. Come to think of it, I have to get back out and get a few more. Very attractive, neat swimming motion.
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