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Re: Texas Fish
The fish you caught graces the cover of my Native North American Fishes for
the Home Aquarium (Barron's 1998), by David M. Schleser. They're Cyprinella
lutrensis or Red Shiners, a type of minnow (and definitely not a characin).
The colorful ones area the males.
According the Schleser, the Red Minnow is found naturally in between the
Mississippi and the Rockies, from the northern most part of Mexico to South
Dakota. It's supposedly and undemanding fish and is heavily farmed by the
bait minnow industry. It's also supposedly easily bred. The fish need
crevices of rocks or wood to deposit their eggs.
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