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


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.


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

Tank compatibility[edit]

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.


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]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

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


An active loosely-shoaling fish.


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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