Rosy Red Minnow
Rosy Red minnows are mostly sold as feeder fish in fish stores. Rosy Red Minnows are the fish that you'll see 500+ packed into a small tank. Because of these conditions, they are often disease ridden - fungal infections, bacterial infections, and parasites. They come in different color variations - rosy reds being pink, and the natural fat head color of brown.
If being used as a feeder, the Rosy Red Minnow need to be quarantined, and medicated so that it will not pass on disease to your larger fish. It is best to breed your own rosy reds if you plan on using them as feeders.
If you plan on keeping them in a community aquarium they should also be treated for parasites. They make wonderful additions to both cool water and tropical aquaria due to their very hardy nature. They will school, so keeping a minimum of three is best with a ratio of one male to two females.
Rosy Reds are a popular pond fish, often used as a dither fish for fancy goldfish and koi. In a pond they will keep the insect larvae to a minimum, but will also eat goldfish and koi pellets. They are active even when the pond freezes over in the winter, and can often be seen swimming under the ice.
The Rosy Red Minnow are a very inexpensive, hardy fish. They are a great addition to someone who wants a cool water tank but does not have the room to house goldfish. Or to someone who just wants something different in their tropical community tank.
The male Rosy Red Minnow will care for their eggs and fry. Their breeding behavior is somewhat similar to cichlids. Overall this is a very underappreciated fish that would make a great addition to just about any aquaria. It is a great fish for someone wanting to try their hand at breeding egg layers for the first time.
Rosy Red Minnow Care
Scientific Name : Pimephales promelas
Common Names : Rosy Red Minnow, Fathead minnow, Tuffies, Rosies, Red Top Minnows, Blackhead Minnow, Bait Fish, Feeder Fish
Care Level : Easy and very hardy fish, good for beginners.
Size : 2 - 3 inches (8 cm)
pH : 7.0 to 8.0
Temperature : 50 - 78 °F
Lifespan : 1 to 3 years, possibly longer
Origin / Habitat : Mostly all over North America with introduced species in other parts of the world with sometimes adverse consequences.
Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful. Does great in a community tank of cool water fish. Be wary when housing with larger fish, as the rosy reds will be eaten. Males will become protective over egg site, so be careful if breeding in a community aquarium.
Breeding : Egg layer. Very easy to breed in home aquaria. Males tend to be larger than females. Although they mature at around 6 months of age, they normally do not breed until they are 1 -2 yrs old. Females will lay eggs in the spot the male has found, usually a flat/hard surface of a log, rock, or leaves. Eggs will hatch in roughly 5 days, depending on temperature. Males maintain the nest and eggs, fanning and protecting them. The males will also protect gravid females. After fry become free swimming (2-3 days), they can be fed infusoria and newly hatched brine shrimp.
Aquarium Size : minimum of 10 gallons. This is a social species that must be kept in a group of at least 3. These fish are very popular in outdoor ponds, and will thrive in this environment.
Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease Often have internal parasites from cramped conditions in fish stores.
Diet / Fish Food : Omnivorous. Will eat goldfish flakes and pellets. Also enjoys veggie greens and live food such as insect larvae.
Tank Region : Middle to bottom of the aquarium
Gender : Males are larger with rounder fins.
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