We will offer a $5 discount on orders over $15 to anyone who mails back the styrofoam lining of our shipping boxes. This saves us time, keeps shipping cost down, and puts less waste in the trash since the materials will be reused. Please send the pieces back in a flat envelope or package and send them as cheap and slow as possible, there is no rush. Then please recycle the cardboard box and we will apply your discount to your next order. Thanks!

My Book is Out!

"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.


Ozark Longear Sunfish - Lepomis megalotis



Captive Bred


Current Size: 1 - 2 inches



Max Size:

Males: 6.5 - 7.5 inches

Females: 4.5 - 5.5 inches

No Stock

Origin: This particular strain of Longear Sunfish originates from the western part of the Ozarks in the Missouri and Arkansas River basins. They are most often found in clear rivers and streams. Longear Sunfish as a whole have a much larger distribution from the western slope of the Appalachian Mountains south westward to the northeast edge of Mexico.

Coloration: Ozark Longear Sunfish are in our opinion the most attractive looking sunfish, and our favorite fish! The colors of adult males rival any tropical, or marine fish with the most distinctive character of this strain being the red/orange stripe down the nape (middle of head/forehead area). Large males are covered in bright red/orange and blue speckling, particularly on the sides of the face where the colors form alternating lines. Even the females have nice coloration only a little less intense.

Tank Size: They are great fish for larger aquariums or water gardens. They can also work as a single fish in a smaller tank. They are territorial so if kept in groups we recommend 6 or more individuals in a 55 gallon or larger aquarium with good filtration. Making your aquarium more complex with lots of cover in the form of rocks, driftwood, or durable live plants helps break up lines of sight for separate territories for each individual fish in the tank.

Feeding: Like most sunfish they are very personable and quickly learn to beg for food. They are not picky eaters and will take a wide variety of high protein pellets, or frozen foods such as blood worms, mysis shrimp, or krill.

Water Conditions: Cold hardy so can winter over outdoors in a water garden. Can handle temp of 34-85 F. Spawn at 75-80 F. PH of 7-8.5.

Bluespotted Sunfish - Enneacanthus gloriosus



Captive Bred


Current Size: 0.25 - 0.5 inches

Price: $6.00


Current Size: 1-2 inches

Max Size: 3 - 4 inches

Price: $10.00

Origin: Bluespotted Sunfish are native to the Atlantic coastal plain from NJ south to and throughout FL and west along the Gulf Coast to the southern tip of MS. They are found in ponds, swamps, and sluggish streams. They are rather reclusive fish that live and hide in dense aquatic vegetation.

Coloration: Uniform body with scattered reflective light blue spots over their entire body. Fins of young have some rusty red color to them. Breeding males can be very dark over all which really makes the blue spots stand out.

Tank Size: Bluespotted Sunfish are small peaceful sunfish that can be kept in a much smaller setting than any of the Lepomis species. They are a rather secretive species and do best in a well planted aquarium. Large wild caught adults often do not adjust well to captivity and spend most of their time hiding. Starting with younger fish allows them to grow up and be more active and comfortable in a captive setting. A group of 4 or 5 can be kept in just a 10 gallon aquarium. These also work well in a larger community tank with other peaceful fish.

Feeding: Less aggressive at feeding and a little more picky than their larger Lepomis cousins. They do well on a varied diet of frozen foods such as blood worms or mysis shrimp. They will also gladly take live foods such as white worms or black worms. Some do take to small pellet foods over time.

Water Conditions: Cold hardy so can winter over outdoors in a water garden. Can handle temp of 34-85 F. Spawn at 75-80 F. PH of 6-8.


Spiketail Platy - Xiphophorus xiphidium



Male Juvenile

Captive Bred


Current Size: 0.5 - 0.75 inches


Price: $6.00 ea


Max Size: 1.25 - 1.75

Females bigger than males

Price: $6.00 ea

Origin: Native to Rio Soto la Marina basin of Mexico.

Coloration: Small speckled platy species with some yellow hues. Large dominant males with vertical bars that can be hues of purple or blue. Males also have very short stubby spike on lower edge of the tail.

Tank Size: Small group could work in a 10 gallon aquarium. 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 pick at algae some but not as good at keeping plants clean as molly species.

Water Conditions: Not Cold hardy but are more resistant to cold snaps than Liberty Molly. Do well outdoors in water garden ponds in summer. Do not need a heated tank, have found these do well in 68-75 F. PH of 7-7.5.

Shipping & Handling

  • Customers are responsible for making sure they understand their local laws and have the proper permits that apply to their particular situation regarding the legality of purchasing, importing, or owning any of our fish in their state.
  • We ship to US customers only. We use USPS Priority Mail to ship our fish.
  • They should arrive in 2-3 days. We ship out on Monday & Tuesday to ensure a safe and live arrival.
  • We also offer Express Mail by request.
  • Prices depend on how many fish you are ordering.
  • Priority Shipping starts at $15.00. We would be more than happy to give you a quote.


  • We accept Personal Checks, Money Orders, or Paypal.
  • Sorry no credit card or debit card payments at this time. Make your check/ Money orders to: Zimmermans Fish
  • Once we receive your payment, your fish will go out on the following Monday or Tuesday.
  • You will receive an email, so that you will know when to expect your fish.
  • We package our fish by double bagging them in thick 3mil plastic bags, fresh clean water, and oxygen. They are then placed in an insulated box for shipment.

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