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"A Naturalist’s Guide
To The Fishes of Ohio"

is available for purchase. It contains updated information of all fishes that are in Ohio waters. You can order it through the Ohio Biological Survey website.




Livebearers

Tiburon Limia - Limia tridens

Male

Female

Juvenile


Captive Bred


Young

Current Size: 0.5 - 0.75 inches

Unsexed

Price: $8.00 ea

Adult

Max Size:

Males: 1 - 1.5 inches

Females: 1.5 - 3 inches

Price: $8.00 ea

Origin: Native to Haiti and Dominican Republic, close enough to North America. I have started keeping several different wild type live bearing species so there may be some others offered in the future. Like any hobby, just need to try some new things from time to time.

Coloration: Young have tiger stripes on sides with a black spot surrounded by orange in the dorsal fin. The vertical stripes on the sides fade as they get larger on this species. Females have some orange on the belly and dorsal fin but male are much more colorful. Males have a nice solid orange dorsal fin. They also have some orange on the chest and other fins along with reflective blue sheen and speckling on the sides.

Tank Size: Moderate sized livebearer but a small group could be kept in a 10 gallon tank. Do well in planted aquarium and usually do not eat their young. Not as prolific as some live bearers, seem to produce smaller batches of fairly large young.

Feeding: Not picky will feed well on flake food. I also feed mine small amounts of frozen blood worms and brine shrimp but this is probably not needed. These pick at algae quite a bit too.

Water Conditions: Not Cold hardy but do well outdoors in water garden ponds or even a tub on a porch in summer. I have kept these in both heated and unheated aquariums the past 2 years and they seem to do well in either. Have done well for me kept in 68-82 F. PH of 7-8.5.

Liberty Molly - Poecilia salvatoris

Male

Female


Captive Bred


Young

Current Size: 0.5 - 0.75 inches

Unsexed

Price: $5.00 ea

Young Adult

Current Size: 0.5 - 0.75 inches

Sexed

Price: $8.00 ea

Adult

Max Size: 2 - 3.5 inches

Females bigger than males

No Stock

Origin: Native El Salvador in Central America.

Coloration: Nice looking wild type Molly species with bright red fins on mature adults of both sexes. Take some time and space to get best coloration. Body of larger individuals also has a silver-blue tone to it.

Tank Size: Small group could work in a 20 long but would recommend a 30 gallon or larger aquarium for keeping a nice colony of these. Do well with other community fish and reproduce in a tank well as long as there are some hiding places for young. Floating plants work well for this purpose.

Feeding: Not picky will feed well on flake food. Also good at picking at algae which is a nice plus in planted aquariums. Will also eat some vegetables, have fed mine some zucchini on occasion.

Water Conditions: Not Cold hardy but do well outdoors in water garden ponds in summer. Do well in heated aquarium kept at 75-85 F. PH of 7-8.5.

Bluestar Endlers Livebearer - Poecilia wingei

Male

Young Female

Young Male


Captive Bred


Group

Max Size: 0.75 - 1.5 inches

Male 0.5 - 0.75 inch Female to 1.5 inches

$15 for started group of 1 male 1 female and several young

$15

Origin: Native to Campoma Village, Venezuela. I know my whole site is about North American Natives and here is a South American fish! I have started keeping several different wild type live bearing species so there may be some others offered in the future. Like any hobby, just need to try some new things from time to time. These would be considered P-class for those Endlers aficionados, this means they appear to have never been crossed with guppies but the line is not verified directly back to the wild collection site like those considered N-class.

Coloration: Unique strain of Endlers Livebearer with more blue than any other wild type strain. Breeding males also have black along the lower rear side and some patches of red as well. Females and young are plain gray.

Tank Size: Good nano tank fish, do not need a lot of space. Do well in a small planted aquarium and usually do not eat their young. Once they get going the can be quite prolific in ever small 5 gallon aquariums.

Feeding: Not picky will feed well on flake food. I also feed mine small amounts of frozen blood worms and brine shrimp but this is probably not needed.

Water Conditions: Not Cold hardy but do well outdoors in water garden ponds or even a tub on a porch in summer. Do well in heated aquarium kept at 75-85 F. PH of 6.5-8.

Least Killifish/Pygmy Livebearer - Heterandria formosa

Male

Female


Captive Bred


Adult

Max Size:

Males: 0.25 - 0.5 inches

Females: 0.5 - 1.25 inches

$4.00 ea

Origin: Found on the coastal plain from the Carolinas, throughout Florida and along the Gulf Coast west to Texas. I have had these for many years and periodically mix in new stock from trips south so my stock is mixed from many different locations.

Coloration: Primarily black and brown fish but both sexes can show some red in the dorsal fin.

Tank Size: The best fish in my opinion for small nano tanks, do not need a lot of space. Do well in a small planted aquarium and do not eat their young. Tend to have small batches of young more frequently than other live bearers instead of larger groups further apart. This is the smallest live bearing vertebrate in the world!

Feeding: Not picky will feed well on flake food. I also feed mine powdered food meant for fry of other larger fish. I also do give them some frozen baby brine shrimp on occasion.

Water Conditions: Not Cold hardy in northern states but can be kept outdoors in the southern US. Probably handles temps down in the 40’s just can’t handle ice. Do well outdoors in water garden ponds or even a tub on a porch in summer further north. Do not need to be heated indoors but I have found they produce more young in a heated aquarium kept at 75-80 F. PH of 6.5-8.5.

Minnows

Southern Redbelly Dace - Chrosomus erythrogaster

Male

Female


Wild caught with Ohio Bait Dealers license


Adult

Current Size: 1.5 - 2.5 inches

Max Size: 3 - 4 inches

Price: $5.00

Origin: Native to broad areas of the upper Midwest in both the Great Lakes, Ohio, and Mississippi River basins. Found in small clear and cool headwater streams. Spawn on the nests of larger minnow species, usually Creek Chub.

Coloration: Small nearly terminal mouth. Two dark stripes on sides, separated by a wide gold band inbetween them. Also has a row of small dark blotches down the ridge of their back. The fins are transparent in young and non-breeding adults. Breeding adults have bright lemon-yellow fins. Both males and females have bright red bellies when breeding but it is more intense on males. This red color can come and go on the fish in a matter of minutes. They often color up in the morning, when fed, or soon after water changes. Males have slightly longer pectoral fins.

Tank Size: Southern Redbelly Dace are active fish that enjoy some flow and are peaceful community fish. Good jumpers so keep tank well covered. These are often found in very small headwater streams in the wild so a small group could be kept in a 10 tank but would be more comfortable in a 20 gallon long. They also do well in larger community aquariums.

Feeding: Easy to care for and will feed on basic tropical flake food but diet should include frozen foods such as frozen blood worms, mysis shrimp, and brine shrimp to help vary their diet. This species feeds on some algae in nature so adding some vegetable matter in the form of finely chopped frozen peas or fresh zucchini is a good idea for this species.

Water Conditions: Cold hardy so can winter over outdoors in a water garden, not as heat tolerant so may not do well outdoors in very warm conditions. Can handle temp of 34-78 F. Spawn at 55-65 F. PH of 7-8.5.

Redside Dace - Clinostomus elongatus

Male

Female


Wild caught with Ohio Bait Dealers license


Adult

Current Size: 2 - 3 inches

Max Size: 3.5 - 4.5 inches

Price: $5.00

Origin: Native to the Great Lakes, upper Ohio, and upper Mississippi River basins. Found in small clear and cool headwater streams. Spawn on the nests of larger minnow species, usually Creek Chub.

Coloration: Large upturned mouth with a gold stripe down upper side. Dark olive green back with bright crimson red sides below the gold stripe.

Tank Size: Redside Dace are active fish that enjoy some flow. Hold color very well in captivity and are peaceful community fish. Good jumpers so keep tank well covered. In nature they will actually jump out of the water to grab flying insects. A small group could be kept in a 20 gallon long but do well in larger community aquariums.

Feeding: Easy to care for and will feed on basic tropical flake food but diet should include frozen foods such as frozen blood worms, mysis shrimp, and brine shrimp to help vary their diet.

Water Conditions: Cold hardy so can winter over outdoors in a water garden, not as heat tolerant so may not do well outdoors in very warm conditions. Can handle temp of 34-78 F. Spawn at 55-65 F. PH of 7-8.5.

Darters

Rainbow Darter - Etheostoma caeruleum

Male

Female


Wild caught with Ohio Bait Dealers license


Adult

Current Size: 1 - 2 inches

Max Size: 2 - 3 inches

Price: $5.00

Origin: Native to broad areas of the upper Midwest in both the Great Lakes, Ohio, and Mississippi River basins. Found in wide variety of stream sizes from small headwater streams to large rivers. Live in swift rocky riffle areas of those flowing streams. Bury their eggs in loose gravel when spawning.

Coloration: Small bottom dwelling fish that lacks a well-developed air bladder so it hops around on the bottom of the tank. Alternating blue and red vertical bars on the side of the males. Males also have blue and red bands in both dorsal fins. Anal fin of male blue with red in the center. Females more plain mostly brown in color with dark bars on sides. Some females will have a little bit of blue or red coloration in the fins.

Tank Size: Rainbow Darters are naturally found in rocky flowing areas of a stream so good water movement is a plus. These are a peaceful community fish. They do not need a lot of space but since they spend most of their time sitting on the bottom hopping from place to place more horizontal space is appreciated rather than a tall tank. A small group could be kept in a 10 tank but would be more comfortable in a 20 gallon long. They also do well in larger community aquariums.

Feeding: Do not typically learn to take flake food but do well on a variety of frozen foods. Good choices are frozen blood worms, mysis shrimp, and brine shrimp to help vary their diet.

Water Conditions: Cold hardy so can winter over outdoors in a water garden, not as heat tolerant so may not do well outdoors in very warm conditions. Can handle temp of 34-78 F. Spawn at 55-65 F. PH of 7-8.5.

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Brian and Julie Zimmerman
Phone: 330 417 9476     Email: smbass444@yahoo.com