Originally Posted by RCinAL
My research tells me they will live, but not breed (and therefore "thrive") without an anual period of cold temps - in the upper 50's to low 60's Fahrenheit at least. Seeing is believing though so if your friend's fish spawn I would say I stand corrected.
The ones I kept adapted extemely well and did fantastic throughout the Summer months in tropical temps, but I didn't chance keeping them at high temps for longer than that.
He had them spawn once, or at least one pumpkinseed wanted to spawn and took over the tank for a couple weeks. He did report seeing eggs but nothing materialized fry-wise. I forget what set them off, but the tank didnt get nearly that cold. Here is a native that can be found as a hitchhiker in ghost shrimp tanks at LFS's:
The Swamp Darter, not that colourful, but still an interesting little fish.