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TheShadyBird 09-02-2012 11:42 AM

Danio Fry Tank
Found a bunch of Zebra Danio fry after I siphoned my tank, and decided to try to grow them up.

I have them in a 2.5 gal right now, with Oak leaves, drift wood with java moss on it, anacharis, and dwarf water lettuce.
Temp stays 75-80 ish, PH approx 7.0, medium hardness.

I feed them a mix of egg yolk and Hikari First Bites, and the free swimmers like it well enough.
Making a culture of infusoria, ought to be done in 5ish days. They might be too big by then, but who knows.
At least I'll have made it :]

This is one of the Wallflowers I still have, got an okay close-up from em.
They've been in their new tank since Thursday (about 3 days) and they've really perked up.
By the time I have to worry about their size, I'll have a 5 gal to temporarily grow them out in.

sidluckman 09-06-2012 05:02 AM

very cool! You know, the live plants and leaves will allow a fuzzy infusoria to grown on them as well, so the babies ought to have something to eat.

Siphon out any leftover food, and be very sparing in what you feed. There are also commercially available food for livebearers.

Good luck.

TheShadyBird 09-06-2012 01:49 PM

So that fuzzy stuff was good! Okay! *plans to put the leaves back in* I wasn't sure at all, so I took them out today ^^. I've been feeding them First Bites by Hikari, and when I get a hold of it, Egg Yolk :]

I have about 18ish, do you know how fast they grow?

Thanks for the reply BTW :]

notespeller2 09-07-2012 07:28 PM

I've been taking care of danio fry for about 5 months now, and the only thing i feed them is crushed up fish flakes. I just put them in a bag and crush them to smithereens with a rolling pin :P

As for how fast they grow, it entirely depends on the size of their tank. They grow very fast the bigger the tank, they will stop growing when they've hit their size limit in their tank. I give it a month before they out grow that tank.

also, keep watch on your main tank, because once Danios have decided to mate, it doesn't stop ;)

TheShadyBird 09-07-2012 09:35 PM

I've noticed!! Like I've said, I've had fry every single water change for the last 2 months, but didn't have a tank ready.

As for the grow out on these babies, I'm thinking that if I don't have them a proper tank, I'm going to buy a 15-30 gallon storage tote and just keep the water changed until I can transport them home to my 20 gallon (I'm in college and live in a dorm room). Luckily the room stays warm enough that the water stays at about 80 degrees in the 2.5, and so probably wouldn't get lower than the mid 70s in a larger amount of water.

If worse comes to worst, they might just turn into very nutritional betta food, but I'm hoping it won't come to that ^^;

Here's a video of them, BTW! Took it a day or so ago. What are the chances of Albino babies?

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