Originally Posted by eaturbyfill
Why don't you like them? Just curious
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There are a few reasons. Mainly their coloration though and lack of finding a good source to get them from.
The local pet stores around me only carry an extra long finned version of the Zebra Danio where the caudal, anal and pectoral fins are abnormally long...really really abnormally long. Only the dorsal fin was really kind of normal. They look weird. Those I would never consider buying. The fish looks like it has trouble swimming.
The ones are the LFS have fins from this long to AT LEAST twice as long as the ones in the picture below:
In the PetSmart and PetCo around me, the Danio's are don't have those long fins. I like these ones more BUT they are always sick or just don't look healthy so I never get them from there. I would consider them if I found a good source and had space for it.
I honestly love the stripes on the Zebra Danio. They are beautiful. I just have not seen any in stores where their colors, fins and overall health looks good. That is the main reason I don't like them, because the stores around me don't sell good stockings of them. I don't like the ones they keep, so I guess its an unfair judgement on my part.
If I EVER found a Zebra Danio that actually looked like this I might give it a try:
The Caudal and Anal fin on the picture above have really prominent stripes. I cannot find any like this and the stripes is the entire reason I would get the fish.
The Celestial Pearl Danio would be the danio I would not even think twice about buying if I found them in good health. I have never even seen one of those in person (no surprise there). I love the coloration on them, although they stay really small.
I prefer barbs, rasboras and tetras over danios mainly because of their look. I prefer more colorful fish. I have also found that the tetras and rasboras look better while schooling, at least to me, because of their colors.
Overall their coloration and behaviors lead me to choose different fish because of my personal preferences. Danio's are great and beautiful fish though.