How does it get its food?  The fathead minnow is an omnivore, meaning it consumes plant and animal material as its primary food source.

What does it eat?   The fathead minnows diet is relatively simple. The minnow's diet consists mainly of algae, detritus (decomposing matter on the bottom of a pond, lake or stream), and other microscopic plant material. However, it also consumes small insects, larvae, and zooplankton (microscopic crustaceans). Occasionally, Pimephales promelas even consume fish.

What eats the fathead minnow?  The fathead minnow serves as a food source for a huge array of other aquatic species.


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