Steemified Series: How Minnows are Born and Raised - Things you aren't taught in Minnow school

2 months ago

Since I'm a minnow, I decided to learn more about minnows... the ones with fins. Turns out minnows are simply small fish that like to hang out in school, eat bugs and swim for their lives because they are a tasty treat for bigger fish.

There are over 290 kinds of minnows in North America and they live in rivers, streams, and lakes.

Growing the Minnow Population

Preparing the Pad

It turns out that the male minnow, aka poppa, is the one that prepares and decorates the nursery by blowing indents into sandy areas under rocks and wood. Poppa spends his time keeping other male minnows away from his soon to be baby factory.

Courting his mate to drop some eggs

This is where it gets ceeerrraaazzzy! With a nursery ready, poppa needs to attract some mommas. He swims back and forth, post promoting his nest to only the fertile ladies. The ones with eggs get wooed to drop their eggs while poppa contributes his lovejuice. But, as soon as momma drops her eggs, she is cast out and no longer welcome.

The ladies without eggs get driven away because apparently, they have a healthy appetite for roe. Hungry, maybe? Or could they be jealous too?

Baby duty

Poppa’s a single parent. He’s the one fanning the eggs to make sure they get enough oxygen. He cleans them with his fins. He removes the eggs that are not viable. He chases away predators looking for tasty roe. (In Steem, we call the poppas witnesses.) And, even after the baby minnows hatch, they live under dad’s roof until they are ready to head out on their own! (That takes about a week in Minnow land.)

Final thoughts

I’m grateful for all my brothers and sisters who share the nest with me. I started to list you all but didn't want to leave anyone out. You know who you are. You know how special you are to me. As we can grow in stature (Steem Power and Reputation), let us look back at our minnow days with fondness and know we did it together!


This post is #steemified... pertaining to Steem.

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Inspiration from this story is from the article titled The Breeding Cycle of Minnows.


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You beautifully analyses minnows life cycle portraying how some of us minnows are migrating gradually and what role we need to play to support upcoming minnows in steemit. Thanks for sharing

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Thank you @kenhudoy! I had a blast writing this piece. Had no idea how hard the dads had to work to keep the babies alive. That's what the witnesses are for us. They are the Poppas. I'll have to add this to my post. LOL.

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yeah...right... many good poppas here... which reminds me that poppas has to always be around to support minnows like me... just sent a related post...need your comment and support
thanks

it so cute @karencarrens
hehehhe

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Thank you! Sorry for the late reply! I had fun writing it.

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Dont worry my friend.
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good post @karencarrens

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Thank you! Lots of fun!

This sure was interesting and a fun read. :)

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Thank you! I had fun writing it! :)

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cool information about
Minnows, interesting that the male chases away the mummy and raises the kids himself lol

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I know! Crazy, huh?!? And obviously, you know I talked about you in my final thoughts. 🤣

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I had my suspicions:) Thanks !

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GREAT post, very creative @karencarrens. Resteemed your post. Was already following you. Have a great weekend!

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Thank you so much @sallykwitt! I really appreciate the support! I am following you too! You and your husband are so cute together... I'll be popping by soon!

hi @karencarrens . this is nice article that i read it fisrt after my waking up. thank my friend. i wait for next article from you
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As will I be waiting for your next posts as well. Thanks for the support! :)

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I know how special you are to me...fry sister. <3

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Obviously, you were one of the names I started to type in and deleted because I didn't want to leave anyone out. LOL

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I think you made the right decision. You would've cluttered up a very thoughtful post for no real good purpose served. IMHO

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