Wonderful Wacky Water Critters
The shiners are members of the minnow family. They are an important link in the food chain. A tasty meal for a shiner would include plankton, crustaceans and insects. The shiner could become dinner for a giant water bug or a bass. All bodies of water from swift, cool, trout streams, to warm, quiet lakes, are its playground. Check to see if you have a male or female. The male's top fin is much larger than a female's. When it's time to mate, the male builds a nest out of gravel. Many females will lay eggs in a single nest. The eggs are protected by the male but when they hatch, the young have to flee to avoid being eaten! I'm glad he's not my father!
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