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Andyandsue 05-03-2008 09:44 PM

Danios danios and more danios!
 
I thought it would be fun to show my kids how baby fish developed, so I grabbed eggs and fry when I vacuumed my tank and got a net breeder. Well, our tanks are ever-so-healthy we now have so many danios I stoped counting at 25. They are getting quite big, so I got my son a larger tank for his room, and many of them are in there for now. I am constantly testing the water to make sure the params are good, because I just can't believe the tank can support so many (they are not crowded in), but it just goes to show what regular tank maintenance will do for an eco-system!

Anyway, as I remove the danios to friends and other tanks, I'd like to replace some of the babies that are in my main tank with something else. What do you all like to put with danios that does not get too large? I have golden white clouds, rasboras and corys already with them. I'm hoping for something with color because I've been staring at so many black and white stripes for so long now! I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Flashygrrl 05-03-2008 11:38 PM

Guppies are a good one and they come in just about every color of the rainbow. How big is the tank?

jmelissa82 05-04-2008 01:39 AM

I have to say that I love my neon tetras. They look amazing when they school, and it seems the more u have the prettier they get. I believe they do better in schools of 6+, I'm not o sure, but that is how many I have, along with 6 danios. Everyones happy!!

Dave66 05-04-2008 03:14 AM

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Originally Posted by jmelissa82
I have to say that I love my neon tetras. They look amazing when they school, and it seems the more u have the prettier they get. I believe they do better in schools of 6+, I'm not o sure, but that is how many I have, along with 6 danios. Everyones happy!!

Melissa,
Neons schools numbers in the millions of fish in the black waters of the Rio Negro; yes, they most definitely do better in schools of at the very least six, with as many as can be safely kept past that number is better for the fishes' well-being and also a much better display.
Neon tetras can live past 10 years in captivity in large groups when properly kept.

Dave

Andyandsue 05-04-2008 08:30 AM

It's a 15 gallon so I would prefer something that stays small.

I absolutely love guppies but am wondering will I start with 4 guppies and end up with 50? :lol: How large are guppy fry compared to, say, danio fry? I don't mind if they are going to eat the fry but I don't want to see it, and I don't want to deal with my daughter crying... I don't want to breed guppies! Also what about the male:female ratio?

Flashygrrl 05-04-2008 09:35 AM

lol, the male:female ratio is 1:2...sometimes it's possible to have all males as long as you have more than 5 but I don't think you have the room for that.

okiemavis 05-04-2008 11:08 AM

You could always just get male guppies. I'm not sure, but I think they won't fight too much. It will be a burst of color without the babies following. IMHO livebearers are sort of a pain, as they breed so much. I won't keep them again unless I start keeping fish that require live food.

A small gourami, like a dwarf gourami, would be a great addition, as they will balance the tank out since the occupy the top of the water. I recommend one because they can sometimes be rather territorial to cospecifics, but they are great community fish and will get on well with danios and cories.


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