Cyprinella caerulea(Blue Shiner)

A slender, medium-sized minnow-like fish with a streamlined shape and a brilliant blue band running along the midline of the flank. Sexual dimorphism is slight, but during the breeding season the males develop much stronger colours than the females.

The scientific name of this species is sometimes written as Cyprinella caeruleus.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Blue Shiners inhabit fast-flowing streams and creeks, and they enjoy good water currents and high oxygen levels. Prefers small live foods but will accept flake and wet-frozen substitutes. May be kept in pairs of small groups.

A rare species in the wild and not commonly kept in captivity. Breeding is possible, and in captivity these fish will spawn all year round, depositing their eggs on spawning mops. The resulting eggs hatch after about four days, and the tiny fry need to be reared on very small live foods including infusoria. It may take a couple of weeks before the fry are big enough to take brine shrimp nauplii.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Southern United States
Temperature 15-18 C
Size 10 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes

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