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Old 10-19-2014, 11:36 AM   #1
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Minnow I.D

I always see these tiny minnows no bigger than a nickel in my local streams and rivers. It's usually black or dark brown. I know it's not a fat head because its no where near the size of one. I think they would be cool to put in my tank if I was able to research about them. But first I have to find out the name of them! Thank you all for any guesses as to what it is!


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Catch a few and take pics. I'm sure someone will ID it. Providing geography will be helpful with the pics.


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Old 10-19-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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Tiny minnows could be anything, as most fish start off that way. Geographical location would probably help in narrowing it down.
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Catch a few and take pics. I'm sure someone will ID it. Providing geography will be helpful with the pics.


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I can't snap any photos since I don't have time to go there but they kind of look like goldfish fry except they aren't! I'm down in South Texas.


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If that's not enough info, there's a fish I do have a picture of and I'd like to identify them as well. They are weird because they don't have swim bladders! They look like gobies of some sort. I found these guys when I went on a tour of Aquarena Springs in San Marcos Texas. The tour guide told everyone the name but I forgot it... Click image for larger version

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Does anyone know what that little bottom feeder is?


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Looks like a species of darter


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More info specific to your location: http://forum.nanfa.org/index.php/top...ters-in-texas/


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Hummingbird tetra on pic above

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Looks similar in shape and coloration but the dorsal fin of the fish in the pic is a bit long and perch like as opposed to a more triangular dorsal fin that the Hummingbird tetra (or Peruvian Darter Tetra) has. Also, the fish in the pic was collected locally (Texas); Hummingbird Tetras are found in FW bodies from Panama to Argentina.


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If that's not enough info, there's a fish I do have a picture of and I'd like to identify them as well. They are weird because they don't have swim bladders! They look like gobies of some sort. I found these guys when I went on a tour of Aquarena Springs in San Marcos Texas. The tour guide told everyone the name but I forgot it... Attachment 253423


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Definitely a darter and given the collection area it's probably Etheostoma fonticola.

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Definitely a darter and given the collection area it's probably Etheostoma fonticola.

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Hey Gillie, it's about time you showed up.
If that is the case, then this species is listed as endangered: Fountain Darter (Etheostoma fonticola)


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If that is the case, then this species is listed as endangered: Fountain Darter (Etheostoma fonticola)


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That it is.

NatureFish, where on the river did you collect the darter? If it was collected in the headwaters it could be a fountain darter and need to be released, but if it was collected from a different part of the river a better pic with body patterns and/or coloration would be helpful.

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That it is.

NatureFish, where on the river did you collect the darter? If it was collected in the headwaters it could be a fountain darter and need to be released, but if it was collected from a different part of the river a better pic with body patterns and/or coloration would be helpful.

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The darter isn't mine it's one of the fish that Aquarina Springs has captured and put in a 20 at their facility. I just walked by and snapped a quick photo of it!


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The darter isn't mine it's one of the fish that Aquarina Springs has captured and put in a 20 at their facility. I just walked by and snapped a quick photo of it!


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Got it. I think there was some confusion because the thread started out with an unknown fish ID, then me asking for pics, you saying that you don't have those but you had a pic of something else instead.
Still, pretty cool fish.


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There's a lot of darter species out there. I usually get 2 to 3 each time I go out and our area is pretty limited on variety. With how clear it looks im more inclined to think sand darter but I don't know if that area is in range.

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On the subject, I got a few yesterday, brown darters.
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