Native Location: India
Maximum Size: 6cm
Temperament: Community with caution
Temperature Range: 18-24℃ (64-74℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.5 - 7.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 50l aquarium minimum for a small group.
Potential Tankmates: Similar sized Gouramis, loaches, small catfish and barbs.
Care Level: Easy
The Zebra Danio are out of this world. No seriously, they have been on board the international space station as part of a study. Not only that zebra Danio but they have also been involved in medical studies since the 1960s. Due to the genetics of the Zebra Danio being similar to us humans, they are a very good species to study on.
When we consider these active, slender and black and white fish, the first thing that comes to mind is their very active behaviour. When in a group, they will swim almost constantly and while we like to think of them as peaceful fish, which they are, they can however be seen to nip the fins of tankmates from time to time. For these reasons, we would suggest avoiding tankmates like Guppies, Angelfish and Betta splendens.
In their natural habitat in India and Bangladesh, they can be found in a variety of environments. The ideal aquarium setup would be a long aquarium to provide ample space to swim. Aquatic plants are advised for the best contrast between the black and white of the fish and the green or red of the plants.
Another appealing feature of the Zebra Danio is their diet. When it comes to feeding, these little fish will eat almost anything you provide for them. We recommend a mixture of quality flake food, along with high protein granules. For the best colour and health, it is advised to offer some live foods like daphnia.
The Zebra Danio is often one of the first breeding projects suggested to us, and for good reason. They are prolific breeders, producing hundreds of eggs every other week. They do so by scattering their fertilised eggs. To breed successfully, it is advised to set up a separate aquarium with some thin-leaved plants and shallow water and larger grained gravel to allow eggs to fall between and out of the reach of their parents. Achieve a water temperature of 78F to trigger spawning and remove adults once spawning has taken place.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.
Fish arrived without delay & well packaged.
All very healthy & had good colour with-in seconds of being added to their new home.
Have had no losses, all eating readily & behaving normally from the moment they went into the tank.