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post #11 of 29 Old 02-27-2012, 07:24 PM
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It's nice to be able to talk to other people who are interested in this fish. I have a 29-gallon planted tank with 8 diamond tetras, 10 neons, and 2 true SAE. I ordered 10 of the celestial pearl danios from 1 LFS and 5 from another before reading they should have their own tanks, so now I'm scrambling to set up a new tank before they fish arrive (10 in 2 weeks and 5 more 2 weeks after that). The fish are $11 each, so I'm a bit motivated to baby them a bit. :)

I have 2 tanks to choose from. One is a Mr. Aqua 12-gallon long with dimensions of 35.4 x 8.3 x 9.4, and the other is a standard 20 long, 30 x 12 x 12. If the 12 gallon would work, that would be my preference, but if I need to do the 20 long, I can.

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post #12 of 29 Old 02-27-2012, 07:52 PM
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It's nice to be able to talk to other people who are interested in this fish. I have a 29-gallon planted tank with 8 diamond tetras, 10 neons, and 2 true SAE. I ordered 10 of the celestial pearl danios from 1 LFS and 5 from another before reading they should have their own tanks, so now I'm scrambling to set up a new tank before they fish arrive (10 in 2 weeks and 5 more 2 weeks after that). The fish are $11 each, so I'm a bit motivated to baby them a bit. :)

I have 2 tanks to choose from. One is a Mr. Aqua 12-gallon long with dimensions of 35.4 x 8.3 x 9.4, and the other is a standard 20 long, 30 x 12 x 12. If the 12 gallon would work, that would be my preference, but if I need to do the 20 long, I can.

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The dimensions of the 12g are certainly unique. To get more depth (front to back) I would go with the 20g long. A 15g at 24 inches length would also work. Lots of plants, etc. You can read more in our profile, click the shaded name, Celestial Pearl Danio. Profiles in general are under the second tab from the left i the blue bar across the top of the page.

And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.

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post #13 of 29 Old 02-27-2012, 08:19 PM
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Thank you for the warm welcome and especially the advice! I agree, the Mr. Aqua tanks have dimensions that seem unusual. They have an 11.5 gallon tank that is 18.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 Inch too. I'm really glad I found this site!
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post #14 of 29 Old 03-01-2012, 07:03 AM
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I'm going to move my betta to a different tank and going to get some celestial pearl danios to go with my pygmy cories in their 6 gallon eheim tank. Is it ok to get all male cpd's so they won't fight over females, or conversely- will this make fighting worse or have no effect?

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I'm going to move my betta to a different tank and going to get some celestial pearl danios to go with my pygmy cories in their 6 gallon eheim tank. Is it ok to get all male cpd's so they won't fight over females, or conversely- will this make fighting worse or have no effect?
It is the males that are aggressive, to each other, regardless of females being present. They are territorial.

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post #16 of 29 Old 03-01-2012, 10:10 AM
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Thanks Byron- I thought maybe all males would not fight- for some odd reason-lol, knowing they are the agressive ones. thought might be like math- 2 negs = a +- no such luck here I guess- oh well-

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Thanks Byron- I thought maybe all males would not fight- for some odd reason-lol, knowing they are the agressive ones. thought might be like math- 2 negs = a +- no such luck here I guess- oh well-

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As noted in our profile, keeping abouot 20 CPD may lessen the nipping. The feisty nature is not really a problem, the fish is just being itself; lots of plants to break up the tank usually works. A 6g is a bit small, so maybe go with a smaller group, 8-9. But lots of plants, literally thick jungle. Something like my 10g pictured below. I have a tank wiith a group of Emerald Dwarf Rasbora that are much the same.
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post #18 of 29 Old 03-01-2012, 01:21 PM
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Debit, when you do get things set up, I hope you'll add a picture of your tank. I love seeing peoples tanks, and even more so if you have the type of fish I'm interested in.

As for me, I ended up buying a really pretty 13.3-gallon bowfront tank (24 x 11 x 11). I'm hoping that will give them sufficient swimming space in both length and width as you suggested, Byron. My plan is to gradually build up to 20 CPD in this tank, very thickly planted with plants of SE Asia. I wish I could add some glass catfish as I think they're so interesting and I think they are from that same region, but I just think the tank will be too small for that.
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post #19 of 29 Old 03-02-2012, 08:26 AM
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wow Byron - nice tank!
Mine is no where near that planted!
Mine mostly has tall plants in back, moss ball, banana plants up front. I'm soaking some mopani wood right now to be added to tank ro replace fake rock structure when wood is ready.. Will the cpd's do ok with less plants or does tank need to be as planted as yours for success? Thanks for the photo- really helps to have a visual--

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post #20 of 29 Old 03-02-2012, 08:47 AM
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Just to emphasize what Byron already stated...

The Celestial Pearl Danio need a larger tank because they're very active and because they need to be in a large group. The large group helps spread out inter-species aggression like chasing and fin biting (which will lessen stress, and therefore disease/death), and also helps these shy fish feel more secure (which lessens stress/disease/death).

Providing less than what is recommended in the profile (click the shaded name) in the size of the tank, or in any aspect, is going to have consequences, either immediately or down the road.

So do note their special needs-
live foods, supplemented with prepared foods
a heavily planted tank
a large group (20+)
pH 7.3
soft water
a tank >18" long
68-79F

If you give them what they need, they'll give you much more.

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