Re: Etheostoma's To: Tim Nelson.
> I'm looking for E. Caerelum or the E. olmstedi. What kind of waters
> should I be searching in (i.e. shallow, current,stream)? I could also use any
> info on keeping and breeding these fish since I've never kept natives before.
E. Caerelum - the Blue or Rainbow Darter is a big water fish. It likes
deep, swift waters and can be found in the swiftest parts of the
streams. Olmsted's Darter is a muddy bottom fish here in NY. I cathc
them in slower water in morning (when the light is best at this stream)
with two aquarium nets, one is larger (say a ten inch BS type net) and
the other is nothing more than a four or so inch Green net. The green
net is used to steer the fish into the BS net. (BS = Brine Shrimp). The
use of a second net raher than a stick or whatever (which works) allows
for a fleaing fish to possibly be caught. They tend to be in slower
water. I've only encountered adults in the wild this year,as i made an
earlier trip. They probably inhabit deeper water...? The young
superficialy resemble chinese algae eaters in colour, although a close up
view will show they lack a sucker and have a mouth in front.
J. L. Wiegert