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.

29 Responses to Rainbow Dace Available

  1. Anonymous November 20, 2012 at 4:03 am #


    • Casey November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      No, I do not believe Dace eat Goldfish flakes.

  2. Tim January 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

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

    • joshle January 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      Hi Tim,

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

  3. Anonymous May 21, 2013 at 7:02 am #

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

  4. Anonymous October 27, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    What do you feed ther fry ?

  5. Bobby October 27, 2013 at 11:53 am #

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

    • Casey November 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

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

  6. Bobby October 27, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    And my koi are bulling rainbow dace any advice

    • Casey November 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

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

  7. David November 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    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.

  8. Casey LeFever November 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    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!

  9. Andrea December 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

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

  10. Casey LeFever December 23, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    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.

  11. Grumpydoc January 25, 2014 at 3:31 am #

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

  12. Casey LeFever January 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

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

  13. Anonymous February 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

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

  14. peter platy February 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

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

  15. Casey LeFever February 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

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

  16. Anonymous February 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

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

  17. Smart question asker May 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    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?

  18. LarryM July 24, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    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.

  19. Lemon123 August 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

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

  20. chubby guppy August 17, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    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.

  21. Anonymous April 13, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    Do you have rainbow dace for sale this spring?

    • Casey LeFever April 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

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

  22. Brian April 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

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

  23. Bobby September 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    Do you plan to get rainbow shiners this year or next?

    • Casey LeFever September 11, 2017 at 8:09 am #

      No, we are no longer carrying Rainbow Dace.