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Sand Shiner (Notropis stramineus)

It could be said that a sand shiner lives life on purpose. It is rather persnickety about many things, but most of all it is particular about habitat. So what are its accommodations? Sand or gravel is a must. Clear freshwater is a necessity. The water can't be too shallow. There can't be much vegetation, if any. And the current can't be moving too fast. This fish is rather fussy about food, too. Feeding in schools? Yes. Feeding on other fish? No. Insects, zooplankton, and bottom ooze? Yes, yes, and ... triple-yes! Is the sand shiner too picky? Well, there's a reason for the rhyme. As a broadcast spawner with adhesive eggs, the sand shiner must have an egg-protecting substrate. As for diet, it's small, so it has to pick and choose accordingly.


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