Blue Ridge Koi Blog

Posted by Casey LeFever



Rainbow Dace Available

Rainbow Dace

For the first time this season, we have Rainbow Dace available.

live Rainbow Dace fish

Also known as the Red Shiner or Red-horse Minnow, Rainbow Dace are native to central North America west of the Mississippi River.

Maximum size is only about 3.5 inches, but they pack plenty of color to make up for it. With a mix of blue and purple on the sides combined with red fins, these fish are sure to delight.

Dace are winter hardy, and completely compatible with all Koi and Goldfish. For more information and pricing, check out the Rainbow Dace product page or our Price List and Availability.

Nov. 20 - 2012


    Nov. 20 - 2012

    No, I do not believe Dace eat Goldfish flakes.

Jan. 05 - 2013

hi do they eat pellets or anything if so please respond, thanks tim

    Jan. 06 - 2013

    Hi Tim,

    Yes, the Rainbow Dace will eat the same pellet food given to Koi and Goldfish. The smallest pellet size is preferable.

May. 21 - 2013

Yay I’ve wanted a rainbow dace for ever, could I please have address to come buy some :)

Oct. 27 - 2013

What do you feed ther fry ?

Oct. 27 - 2013

What’s the best food to feed ther fry thanks bobby .

    Nov. 08 - 2013

    There is specially formulated koi and goldfish food widely available on the market. Thanks.

Oct. 27 - 2013

And my koi are bulling rainbow dace any advice

    Nov. 08 - 2013

    No, sorry, there is not much to be done to stop large koi from bullying small Rainbow Dace.

Nov. 09 - 2013

Hi Casey, is there a date too late to introduce these fish to an outdoor pond (Maryland, Zone 7) for overwintering? We have had a couple of 33/34 degree nights, with a 32 or below night probably within the month.

Casey LeFever
Nov. 11 - 2013

Hi David,

Dace are winter hardy and can withstand cold temperatures. So, provided that they are acclimate properly, I would not think that you would have a problem adding them to your pond. Good luck!

Dec. 21 - 2013

Do you have to worry about large koi or pleco eating these

Casey LeFever
Dec. 23 - 2013

Pleco, no, they will not eat Rainbow Dace. However large koi will eat them if they are able to get the dace into their mouth.

Jan. 25 - 2014

Winter hardy, but can they survive under ice? Located in northern Wisconsin; Goldfish have been fine.

Casey LeFever
Jan. 27 - 2014

Sorry, I’m not sure about their ability to survive under ice.

Feb. 04 - 2014

can they live in a heated aquarium at 24 degrees centigrade ? as can white cloud mountain minnows, goldfish and palaty variatus.

peter platy
Feb. 04 - 2014

can rainbow dace live in a heated aquarium as can other subtropicals such as goldfish, white cloud mountain monnows and platy variatus ?

Casey LeFever
Feb. 04 - 2014

Yes, Rainbow Dace can live in a heated aquarium that is suitable for subtropicals.

Feb. 25 - 2014

Wow a lot of stupid questions here. Do some research people……. Gosh!!!

Smart question asker
May. 18 - 2014

Here’s a good question that i have not found while researching smart guy mr. anonymous. Do these need to breed using clams, or mussels, as do some, or over a rock pile? There seems to be varying opinions on this. How do you accomplish breeding with these?

Jul. 24 - 2014

Are Rainbow Dace easy to breed? Can’t seem to find much information on that subject. Can you provide ay links as to where I could find breeding information?
Thank in advance.

Aug. 20 - 2014

I was thinking about getting some cold water fish and the rainbow dace looked really pretty. What is their approximate price?

chubby guppy
Aug. 17 - 2015

The dace might look pretty if you have an underwater window in your pond, but in mine you’re usually looking down on them so they look brown and camouflaged. Still, better than the unnatural dayglow orange of koi.

Apr. 13 - 2016

Do you have rainbow dace for sale this spring?

    Casey LeFever
    Apr. 13 - 2016

    No, sorry, we are not carrying Rainbow Dace this year.

Apr. 15 - 2016

I would like to get a fish similar to the face for my koi pond. Any suggestions? Minnows maybe

Mar. 29 - 2017