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The Most Common Types of Minnows

The Most Common Types of Minnows

A small fish typically used as bait, minnows can be a wonderful addition to your pond. They have a high tolerance to virtually any kind of water quality, which is why they’re commonly found in streams, rivers, and lakes. However, there is more than just one type of minnows. There are several that can be commonly found in the wild and raised in ponds. Read on to learn more:


Despite the name, fathead minnows are not actually fat. They get their name from the black, fleshy pad that appears on the top of males’ heads during the breeding season. Overall, fatheads can range from silver to a dark-olive color, with a paler underbelly and two dark stripes along their sides. These fish are incredibly sturdy creatures, able to withstand various temperatures, pH levels, and oxygen levels.

Rosy Reds

Named for their reddish colors, rosy reds stand out from the crowd. They love open spaces and can be a beautiful addition to your pond. Rosy reds can reach up to 2 to 3 inches in length when properly cared for, though some can be smaller if they were raised in unhealthy conditions.

White Cloud Mountain Minnows

Finally, there are white cloud mountain minnows. They’re rare in the wild but more popular when raised in ponds or fish tanks. These minnows are smaller than fatheads and rosy reds, only growing to be about 1.5 inches in length. You can spot white cloud mountain minnows thanks to their bright red caudal or tail fins.

If you’re looking to stock your Texas pond with minnows, then contact Henneke Hatchery today.

Interesting Facts About Bluegill Sunfish

Interesting Facts About Bluegill Sunfish

For many youngsters, the first fish they catch ends up being a Bluegill sunfish. These fish bite year round, are ubiquitous, and help kids get “hooked” on the sport of fishing. An Overview of Bluegill Sunfish As a freshwater fish, Bluegill sunfish are quite common all over North America in ponds, rivers and more. Measuring… Continue Reading

What is Electrofishing?

What is Electrofishing?

There are many different techniques that are used for the purpose of studying fish. One of these techniques is called electrofishing. As you might guess by looking at its name, electrofishing involves using electricity in order to catch fish so that they can be studied by biologists and those who work in fisheries across the… Continue Reading

The Health Benefits of Eating Fish

Fish has been called “brain food.” Why is that? Well, your brain is made up of several things, including fats. Specifically, the fats in the brain are omega-3 with DHA, which is something found in… fish! Did you know that omega-3 fats are so important to early brain development that now they’re in baby milk… Continue Reading

What is a Fish Hatchery?

According to everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia (Wikipedia), a fish hatchery is a “place for artificial breeding, hatching and rearing through the early life stages of animals, finfish and shellfish in particular.” So, in other words, it’s like an incubator/nursery for young fish. It’s a place where people can watch over the development of young fish… Continue Reading

How Fishing Ponds Help the Environment

Fishing ponds are beneficial to the environment. They act as natural reservoirs, conserving water while offering a self-sustaining cycle of hydration keeping plants alive in them and nearby. Meanwhile, ponds take up space in a good way– unlike grass, they don’t need to be mowed. Gas-powered mowers create air pollution, so having a pond on… Continue Reading