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Anyone keeping darters?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Bottom Dwellers' started by DougsGraphics, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. DougsGraphics

    DougsGraphics Returning hobbyist

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    A curiousity...
    For some time, I've been contemplating setting up a darter tank. Anyone out there keeping darters? I'm currious to the temperatures people may be keeping them at, and what species may be available out there or how much collecting is going on. (Yeah, I'm also looking at the NANFA pages...)
     
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    Haven't kept them but I have gone out collecting. I got into it quite recently (about 2 months ago) and going out and collecting fish is really fun! I haven't taken any home as don't have a tank empty. From what I read, darters like cool water, lots of current, and live/frozen foods.
     
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    I'm assuming by NANFA pages you've looked into their forum as well? If not I highly suggest it...

    What species are you thinking about? Forgive me but I'm not aware of what is out there in NM should you go out collecting yourself.
     
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    Yes, the NANFA forum...
    Not sure about what species I would want to keep, or the availability. In NM, there is only (conclusively) one species of darter (Ethiostoma lepidum, the Greenthroat Darter) which is listed as State Endangered, so that's not likely to happen. I used to catch least darters in MN at my in-law's lake cabin on occassion, just for fun to observe for a while and then quick release. Something like Rainbow Darter would be cool, as would many others; I'm just tinkering with the idea.
     
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    If you can't keep temps below 75 in the summer Rainbows are not the Darter for you! I've done very well with Swamp Darters, Etheostoma fusiformes at typical tropical temps, but they're definitely a personality fish as opposed to most other Darter species. For an attractive species that can tolerate warmer temps look at Orangethroats, Etheostoma spectabile. They're commercially available and the ones you see are from southern populations and are more tolerant of heat. Even so you wouldn't want to see 80 for any length of time. You can usually get them here: http://www.aquaculturestore.com/
     
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    I've been keeping rainbow darter for about a year now. My temp is about 70 during the winter and much higher during the summer. It doesn't seem to be suffering. However, I do noticed that it isn't as colorful as it should be.
     
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    They need to get cooler than 70 to come into spawning condition and color when they warm up.
     
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    Thanks for the info, and for the link, SubRosa. I do have a chiller available (if it still works -- it's been sitting a long time). I've got a bit to consider.
     

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