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Just looked up a red finned shiner on Wikipedia and Lisak1 I think you may well be right! Seems to match the description really well. Thanks so much.

The local fish store looked completely baffled when I started trying to describe this fish, so I might spare him the further humiliation of being dragged around in a bag!
 
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Thanks everyone. Does anyone know much about red finned shiners? I have just read on the Web that they shouldn't be kept with goldfish as they fin nip. Do I need to separate them?????
 
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I think you are right. Just keep an eye on it I guess. There is lots of plants and things to eat instead of each other!
 

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Pretty fish and sound like you found your answer :joyful:

I just read some about them and says they only get a to 8.9CM (3&1/2 inches) and need warmer water around 20C (68F) and only live for 3 years and spawn only once because of there short life span and they don't reach maturity till 2 or 3 yrs.
 
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Hmmmm, maybe they aren't the same afterall? These blighters have been going strong for at least 4 years and had no problem with last winter's "beast from the east". If they only live for 3 years that would actually solve my overstocked pond issue!!
 

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Agreed, but wouldn't they be every bit as big as the goldfish? These fish haven't grown for years and they are mature/ breeding
 

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Agreed, but wouldn't they be every bit as big as the goldfish? These fish haven't grown for years and they are mature/ breeding
By what they show on the net the rudd is a decent sized fish, a big goldfish size. Yours sure look like that.
 

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Agreed, but wouldn't they be every bit as big as the goldfish? These fish haven't grown for years and they are mature/ breeding

Not necessarily, fish grow at different rates even the same species in the same environment. Reaching breeding age/maturity doesn’t mean they are fully grown. The fish may be growing very slowly, so it appears they aren’t growing.
 

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