The Rosy Red Minnow (Pimephales Promelas)

The Rosy Red Minnow is a color variation of a fathead minnow. Rosy reds are easy to see because of their pale orange color. Rosy reds are useful as an indicator fish. When you start to see fewer rosy reds it is time to re-stock forage fish.  The fathead minnow is found throughout the United States.

Its small size and abundant reproduction make it an excellent forage fish. The fathead minnow will spawn throughout spring and early summer. Reproduction can be aided with the use of sunken ever-green trees or stacked pallets. The rapid rate of reproduction of this species makes it an excellent choice for stocking where predatory fish are present.

One-year-old fish range in size from 0.5 inches to 3 inches depending on temperature and food supply. Fathead minnows become sexually mature at 1 to 3 inches and seldom exceed 3 inches. 

How To Buy Rosy Red Minnows

Smith Creek Fish Farm is centrally located in Western New York about an hour's drive from Buffalo and Rochester.  The hatchery and retail pond supply outlet have seasonal hours for fish pickup and walk-in customers. Our expert fish packers will oxygen bag your fish for easy, safe, and stress-free transport. 

We do suggest bringing coolers or totes to hold your bagged fish.  Truck delivery of trout, game fish, and forage is available in the WNY area when orders meet our delivery minimums. We also safely ship, by UPS Next Day Air, many of our fish species including triploid grass carp and crayfish

Unfortunately, we ONLY ship fish to New York addresses.  All of our fish are 2022 NY DEC certified disease-free and have been for more than 10 years.

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