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-----Original Message-----
From: Cynthia [mailto:xphilez2 at aol_com]
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2001 11:42 AM
To: deano at aquaculturestore_com
Subject: BoardRoom: what kind of minnow do i have?

Time: Sun, 18-Nov-2001 16:41:41 GMT     IP:

hi guys! i am having a lot of difficulty figuring out what kind 
of fish i have! i am a student worker at my college in central 
ohio. i work in the biology labs taking care of all of our 
animals. included in our collectio are a freshwater tank and a 
reef tank. last week, one of my professors brought me 3 
freshwater minnows (that's what he called them) he found and i 
wanted to make a tag for them like we have for the other fish in 
the tanks with common name, picture, scientific name, and native 
habitat(s). too bad i have NO idea what he has brought me! the 
minnows i can find that have the same markings, do not have the 
same fin configuration! the ones whose fins look right are from 
a totally different region of the world or have different 
coloring! i am so confused! i will try to give you guys the best 
description i can and hope someone can tell me what it is! if 
there are any ohio fishermen here, i'd love to hear from you! :) 
okay, here goes: 

-- small, maybe 5 cm long (don't know how old they are, though) 

-- 2 dorsal fins, 1 long and flat (sometimes 'stuck' to the 
body), the other long and flat also but more of a triangle shape 
at the same time. 

-- 1 anal fin, triangular. 

-- 1 pair of fins behind the gills. these are relatively small. 

-- 1 pair of fins behind the gills and under the body more. 
smaller than the fins behind the gills. 

-- fish is a light brown, thin darker brown line down it's side 
(head to tail) with darker brown scales here and there above the 

-- rounded head with mouth kind of on bottom of head 

-- not a rounded tail fin, more like a goldfish tail fin (you 
know it looks like 2 tail fins - i don't know what it is called, 

-- stays at the bottom of the tank 

if you would like to see a sketch i made of it, go here: 
(please keep in mind i am a BIO major, not an art major! ;) ) 

i thought it might be a bluntnose minnow, but they only have 1 
dorsal fin and no darker brown spots above the line. 

i also thought it was a johnny darter, but the dorsal fins are 
flatter on the fish we have, there is no darker brown line on 
the johnny darter, and i don't think the dorsal spines (is that 
what they are called?) are as obvious on our fish as they are on 
this darter. 

i would appreciate ANY help! THANK YOU! 

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