Zebra Danio

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Zebra Danio

Origin:

The Zebra Danio originates in the Ganges system in India.

Size:

Up to 5cm.

Aquarium Size:

90L/20 US gal.

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 18 -25°C
  • pH: 6 – 8
  • Hardness: Moderate to Hard.

Diet:

In the wild they Zebra Danio are believed to be micro predators, feeding on tiny crustaceans and insects.

In the aquarium, they should prove unfussy eaters and will consume a range of dried and prepared foods. Feeding live daphnia and bloodworm will certainly get their interest.

Behaviour:

Danio’ are peaceful fish and are well suited to the community tank.

They are sociable, shoaling fish that need to be kept in groups of at least 6.

Sexing:

Females grow slightly larger and appear rounder in the body when mature. Males tend to show more colour.

Breeding:

The Zebra Danio is an egg-scattering species that will breed easily in the aquarium.

The main issue is that in a populated aquarium, eggs are likely to be eaten, so a separate spawning tank is ideal.

If the aquarium is densely planted, some fry may well survive though.

Once the females are full of eggs, spawning can be encouraged by adding cool water, simulating a fresh rain.

After spawning, eggs should hatch within 3 days and should be free swimming a few days later.

Notes:

Zebra Danio are extremely popular and easy to keep in the aquarium. They are easy to breed and are very peaceful fish. If kept in small numbers they may become nervous and nip fins of other fish.

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