Wild Minnow ID

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I’ve been curious about what kind of minnows there are in the creek (and sometimes I find them in the pond) on my property. I snatched one out long enough to grab a picture. My first thought was a gold shiner, but looking over pictures of actual gold shiners, I’m not so sure. Maybe an emerald shiner? ( ) But those prefer deeper waters and like rivers apparently, not shallow creeks
I was trying to ID based off the DEC’s list of common minnows in NY:
So I can definitly be wrong, and I’m sure they don’t have them all listed here. These may also be juveniles of something else, but I’m pretty sure they’re minnows

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They’re definitely gold in color, and they hang out in schools in the calmer parts of the creek. I don’t find them in the pond often, but when I do they’re hanging out in the shallows. This guy was ~2 inches long
 

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I'd say it's probably an emerald. Definitely not a golden.
Where are you located, if I may be so bold? Your location would probably help in determining the exact species.
 
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sulucanaC said:
I'd say it's probably an emerald. Definitely not a golden.
Where are you located, if I may be so bold? Your location would probably help in determining the exact species.
NY! I guess I didn’t really make it clear enough, but I linked the DEC’s page of common minnows, sorry. The finger lakes region - kinda a ways below Seneca lake
 

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Dewclaw83 said:
NY! I guess I didn’t really make it clear enough, but I linked the DEC’s page of common minnows, sorry. The finger lakes region - kinda a ways below Seneca lake
Oh haha. I kinda skimmed over your original post and I guess I missed that part.
Based on that list, I think it's definitely an emerald shiner.
 
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sulucanaC said:
Oh haha. I kinda skimmed over your original post and I guess I missed that part.
Based on that list, I think it's definitely an emerald shiner.
Awesome - thanks a ton!!
 

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I'm toying with setting up a 10g with local minnows and went to the Iowa DNR website. So many cute minnows and so much information.
 

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Just be aware if they are jumpers you need a good covering. fiberglass screen mesh works well as it can be cut around tubing et all and it is quite inexpensive.

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I'm toying with setting up a 10g with local minnows and went to the Iowa DNR website. So many cute minnows and so much information.
 
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juniperlea said:
I'm toying with setting up a 10g with local minnows and went to the Iowa DNR website. So many cute minnows and so much information.
Ikr, minnows are surprisingly cute!! If you do, totally share some pics!


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Just be aware if they are jumpers you need a good covering. fiberglass screen mesh works well as it can be cut around tubing et all and it is quite inexpensive.
Saran Wrap works too as a cheap top!
 

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A 10 gallon tank would be too small. Think of them as big Danios; would you put a school of 2 to 3 inch Danios in a 10? Probably not. I'd say a long 20 minimum.
 
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chromedome52 said:
A 10 gallon tank would be too small. Think of them as big Danios; would you put a school of 2 to 3 inch Danios in a 10? Probably not. I'd say a long 20 minimum.
It probably depends on what kind of minnows they have around them tho
 

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juniperlea said:
I'm toying with setting up a 10g with local minnows and went to the Iowa DNR website. So many cute minnows and so much information.
Just make sure to check your laws before removing any wildlife from local waterways! You don't want to find yourself in any sort of trouble.
 

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Danny002 said:
Just make sure to check your laws before removing any wildlife from local waterways! You don't want to find yourself in any sort of trouble.
I would never try this without approaching the DNR guy that I spot now and then around town! I'm waiting to 'catch' him! Not easy, because I don't want to be labeled as a 'stalker' ! :D
 
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juniperlea said:
I would never try this without approaching the DNR guy that I spot now and then around town! I'm waiting to 'catch' him! Not easy, because I don't want to be labeled as a 'stalker' ! :D
I just emailed my state’s DEC and was like, “if I did these things, is that legal? I can’t find anything on your website to save my life” :hilarious:
And they were like “Yeah if you have a permit and don’t put things back” lol
 

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Is a permit like a fishing license ;) Hey i went fishing look what i caught !
 
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jake37 said:
Is a permit like a fishing license ;) Hey i went fishing look what i caught !
Permit, license, whatever lol - I don’t actually need one
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Ninth generation on my farm ;) :p
 

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Dewclaw83 said:
I just emailed my state’s DEC and was like, “if I did these things, is that legal? I can’t find anything on your website to save my life” :hilarious:
And they were like “Yeah if you have a permit and don’t put things back” lol
Go to a nano town, that contains a dollar (general) store, then you'll find a dnr representative desperately seeking..... It has to be a Nano Town. That's the only way. I've been eye-balling a dnr representative for months..... to afraid to breach the topic...... :D
 

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