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    We have these darters in the rivers near us, and I was wondering if they are suitible for aquariums. Some of them live in small, still pools, so they should be fine in an aquarium. Is a 20 too small for one of these and some miscellaneous community fish? And will these fish take various frozen food? Forget all the stuff about disease, unwanted hitchhikers, blah blah, just IF I put one in my tank will it get along? I have danios, cories, 3 female bettas, and a hillstream loach.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    http://www.nanfa.org/fif/orangeth.shtml

    http://wildedtx.blogspot.com/2010/12...at-darter.html

    Google is awesome. You don't want to hear hour hitchhikers and whatnot and I certainly don't blame you but how about the law. I would advise you to be certain it's legal in your area to take live fish home from the lakes and rivers in your area.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Yes, it's legal to take bait-type fish home. I was wondering if they'll get along with my other fish.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
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    I've never kept them so I don't know how they would act, react or eat in an aquarium. They are definitely not bait fish though.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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    'bait-type' is any small fish.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
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    Anyone else?
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
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    I found some articles on what kind of environment they prefer, they are hard to catch, very colorful but couldn't find anything on compatibility with other fish - they also eat microinvertebrates. Don't know whether anyone here has any experience with them.

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    I know how to catch them. Corner them next to a rock, put a small clear container on one side of them, then touch them on their other side. Half the time they swim right into the container and you can clap your hand over the top. Does anyone have experience with darters in general?
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    There is one way to find out... try it out, see how they do. If you QT them you can at least see how they act in a tank for a week or so and then throw it into the bigger tank
    RIP Shark Bait, my Red Tail Shark :(

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    They make great fish to keep in aquaria, and do well with other community fish. But this tank must NOT be a tropical one. Darters to best in highly oxygenated, cool water. No heater is needed, and it would be best kept in a cool area of the house. Darters do well when fed a staple of frozen bloodworms, and will do well with occasional live foods, chopped up earthworms, etc. They are specialized insectivores, so they need plenty of protein. Darters are prone to whither away, emaciate and die in aquaria when not kept properly. So, keep them in a cool, clean tank and they will be great. They will quickly die if you keep them in anything above 75 F.
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