Banded Darter (Etheostoma zonale)

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Banded Darter

Banded darter male closeup.jpg
Banded Darter male

Etheostoma zonale

57 Litres (15 US G.)

5.1-7.6cm (2-3 ")




6.5 - 7.5

15.6-23.3°C (60 -74 °F)

5-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

1-2 years



Additional names

Banded Darter

Additional scientific names

Poecilichthys zonalis

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in riffles and runs of streams in North America.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are much more colourful, and will have blue stripes instead of brown. Sexing is much easier when fish are in breeding form.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Since the majority of these specimens are wild caught is a good idea to feed them live food, as many will not learn to accept prepared food.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Found in clear fast moving streams, so a tank should mimic this, they prefer others of their species as tank mates.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Often sits on the bottom of the tank when housed alone.

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