In this Fish Profile series, we'll be taking a closer look at the Zebra Danio (Brachydanio rerio). This post should cover almost everything that you should know about keeping this little beauties in your freshwater aquarium.
There's a nice little infographic too because let's face it, some of us learn better with having "visual aids".
Let's dive in shall we..
Zebra Danio - Profile
This little small wonder is an absolute delight to the eyes and also a much-recommended species to possess if you are a newbie fish keeper.
One of the main reasons for this consideration is contributed to the fish’s origins.
Danios are mainly found in Eastern India near and around Kolkata region, West Bengal and because of this factor, they are capable of withstanding harsh water conditions and parameters.
These fishes can be instantly recognized by the zebra-like stripped pattern on their body, which usually comes in either gold or silver pattern and in four to five bluish/purple stripes across their body.
Be mindful though, the ones bought from the shops would come in a much lighter shades than the wild caught ones due to their varied diet plans.
Zebra Danio are usually fed on Vitamin enriched live or dry food.
Zebra Danios are very active swimmers and they love to swim, hence it is recommended that they are kept in a freshwater tank with lots of space for them to swim and it is also advisable to keep them in a group of six or more.
They are around 2 inches long with a lifespan of 5 years. The male fishes are slightly slimmer and thinner than their female counterparts.
They are non-aggressive and very easy to maintain fishes.
Zebra Danio - Fact Sheet
- Origins: Eastern India, from Calcutta to Masulipatam
- Water: Slightly acidic to neutral, soft to slightly hard
- Temperature: 64-75 F (18-24 C)
- Minimum number in tank: Four (4)
- Minimum tank size: 60cm (24 In)
- Food: Small live or frozen aquatic invertebrates (daphnia, mosquito larvae and/or bloodworms). Flaked foods. Green foods and algae.
Zebra Danio - Infographic
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What's Your Experience?
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