Suitable for community tank
Scientific Name : Danio rerio
Common Names : Starfire Red®, Electric Green®, Sunburst Orange®, Cosmic Blue®, Galactic Purple®, Red Danio, Green Danio, Orange Danio, Blue Danio, Purple Danio
Care Level : Easy
Size : Up to 2 inches (5 cm)
pH : 6.5 - 8
Temperature : 65°F - 75°F (18°C - 24°C)
Water Hardness : 5° to 19° dH,
Lifespan : 2 - 4 years, sometimes up to 5 years
Origin / Habitat : Genetically modified zebra danios, they are aqua cultured
Temperament / Behavior : Mostly peaceful when kept in groups of 6 or more with occasional fighting and chasing among the group.
Breeding : Note: breeding is prohibited due to licensing restrictions (See number 4 on their Breeding Restrictions page). Zebra Danios are considered easy to breed. A popular method is to use marbles for the bottom of the aquarium so that the eggs can escape predation from the adults. Maintain a water temperature of 78°F while feeding them high quality foods and the female will drop its eggs in the marbles. Siphon up the eggs and the eggs will hatch in two to three days. Fry can initially be fed live paramecia or other microorganisms. At around day 9 they can be fed brine shrimp.
Aquarium Size : 10 gallon or larger for more stable water parameters and to get a bigger group together. They really look nice when kept in larger schools with dark colored gravel.
Tank Mates : They can be kept with other danios, barbs, tetra, angelfish and other freshwater fish species not big enough to eat them.
Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease - in general this is considered a very hardy fish but is noted to be susceptible to velvet disease, mycobacteriosis and intestinal capillariasis
Food : in the wild zebra danios eat insect larvae, worms and small crustaceans. A good tropical fish flake food mixed in with some thawed brine shrimp or other fresh or frozen foods occasionally.
Tank Region : Middle to Top levels of the aquarium
Gender : Hard to distinguish male from female when juveniles but as adults, females should develop a more pronounced stomach when carrying eggs.
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