Questions Regarding Zebra Danios
Hey there everyone! I've got some questions regarding the potential of keeping danios.
-What are reccomended tank mates?
-What tank size and group size do they do well in?
-Will they breed in a standard tank? (If so, what can I do to prevent this? I'm not experienced enough to look after fry.)
-Do they require a heater or other special equipment? (I will be getting a filter.)
-Do they require specific tank conditions? (pH etc.)
Thankyou in advance for answers and for helping the rookie. :-)
Should you need further help, please feel free to ask.
Hope this has helped.
Thankyou very much, bettababy. That's a huge help!
When I get my tank, how long should I wait prior to adding fish? Do I need to wait the two weeks for the nitrate cycle?
It takes longer than two weeks to cycle. Took my 10 gallon like 8 weeks to cycle. You need API test kits,the liquid ones not the strips. Monitor the levels every day,if ammonia,nitrite or nitrate go over 0 do an immediate water change.
Also it wont cycle without a source of ammonia,be it the danios or pure ammonia. Most recommend doing it with pure ammonia,much less cruel. If you do it with the danios,like I said before you will have to monitor the levels everyday. good luck!!
That was great advice fishyinpa! And, I completely agree with the information about watching the tank carefully during cycling.
As for how long to wait to put in the danios and how many fish... if you choose to cycle with danios I see nothing wrong with that. Danios are one of the few fish I would suggest for such a process because they have such strong immune systems and tend to thrive even though the rough conditions of cycling.
To keep the fish safest I suggest you be very careful and selective on how many fish you start with and in what size tank, keeping in mind your expected total population for your tank. For a 10 gallon tank I would start with no more than 2 - 3 small danios of the zebra, leopard, or longfin blue species. The average tank will take approximately 6 - 8 wks to complete the cycle with fish, provided it is stocked appropriately and the fish are not over fed. Keeping feedings to once every other day, making sure the fish can completely finish the food within 1 - 2 minutes is what I reccommend during the cycling process. Water testing should be done at least 2 - 3 times/wk or anytime the fish appear to be in any type of distress until the cycle is complete, and as explained above, liquid test kits are needed. Test strips offer very inaccurate results and cannot be trusted, especially during cycling. API is one of the most accurate and also least expensive of the test kits available.
If you choose to cycle with the fish, I would suggest setting up the tank, being sure they have plenty of decoration from the start, making sure the heater is functioning properly and tank water temp is stable for a minimum of 48 hrs, and that the filter is functioning correctly. I would allow 3 - 5 days for the tank to run without fish before putting the first in, and the next fish should not go into the tank until about 1 wk after cycling is complete, and in small numbers at a time.
I hope this helps.
Thankyou very, very much for all the help! :-D
You're welcome. :-)
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