Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis)

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Red Shiner

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Red Shiner

Cyprinella lutrensis

114 Litres (30 US G.)

7.1-9.1cm (2.8-3.6 ")




7.0 - 7.5

15 -25 °C (59-77°F)

10-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-? years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Red Shiner, Rainbow Dace

Additional scientific names

Leuciscus lutrensis, Notropis lutrensis, Cyprinella beckwithi

Origin[edit | edit source]

North America: Mississippi River basin from southern Wisconsin and eastern Indiana to South Dakota and Wyoming and south to Louisiana, USA; Gulf drainages west of Mississippi River to Rio Grande in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, USA. Widely introduced elsewhere in USA. Also in northern Mexico.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature males will be far more colourful and have breeding tubercles similar to Goldfish when sexually mature.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An active temperate fish that is quite colourful in the right housing. Can be housed with other cool-water fast-swimming fish such as White Cloud Mountain Minnows or Zebra Danios. Should not be housed with Goldfish as the Red Shiner can be a fin-nipping risk. They should be kept in groups of at least 4-5 of their own kind.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept most foods, including pellets and flake, as well as live/frozen food such as daphnia and bloodworm, and will also graze on some soft algae.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

An active fish, they need a spacious mature tank kept cool, ideally 22°C (71.6°F) max, and well oxygenated.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active loosely-shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A long oval-shaped fish with a silver body with blue iridescence. All the fins are a vivid red/orange in colour, with some red also around the head. There is a dark vertical band just behind the gill plates and the lateral line may also appear darker.

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