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rincon 01-03-2012 01:53 AM

Breeding danios question
 
Hi, I have around 4 zebra danios in a 20gal tank along w/ a lot (20 or so) endlers livebearers which are essentially guppies (they are a subspecies), but smaller.

I was wondering how I can breed them in this tank. I was thinking of using a tank divider, but I'm not sure how effective it is.

btw, I have a rock substrate, so the marble idea isn't going to work, and also I have little snails, not sure what they are called but they're a little smaller than a pea, would these guys eat the eggs?

I will put the fry into my 12gal that I'm cycling now, so I know what to do with them when they hatch/grow up

Lupin 01-03-2012 04:26 AM

The snails will eat some eggs. You'll have better chance of having danio fry survived if the tank is heavily planted with enough space in the middle while removing some of your fish and even snails. They are egg scatterers. Breeding should not prove difficult at all.

rincon 01-03-2012 05:11 AM

What about when they hatch? Would one of those breedong nets suffice?
Would artificial plants work alrite?
Btw, i have two cories, should I remove them to?
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RadMax8 01-05-2012 09:35 PM

Hello Rincon,

If I were you, I'd net a male and female danio and put them in the 12 gal tank. Get the temp up to 78 degrees and they will be more apt to breed. Keep a close eye on them. When you see them breeding, let them finish then take them out of the 12 gal tank. That way your eggs won't get eaten by anyone else, and your fry are where you were going to put them anyway! Good luck!

rincon 01-05-2012 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by RadMax8 (Post 941722)
Hello Rincon,

If I were you, I'd net a male and female danio and put them in the 12 gal tank. Get the temp up to 78 degrees and they will be more apt to breed. Keep a close eye on them. When you see them breeding, let them finish then take them out of the 12 gal tank. That way your eggs won't get eaten by anyone else, and your fry are where you were going to put them anyway! Good luck!

for the 12 gal, its not fully cycled, I've had it for years, but it was empty for about 2 months and has only had 3 giant danios in there for about 2 weeks to restart the cycling process.

Would they be okay in there? also, it's a waterfall filter with the filter vacuum thing (sorry can't think of what its called right now) low to the rocky substrate. should i just switch that off and put in a sponge filter?

Also, what color are the eggs so I know when they have bred?

RadMax8 01-05-2012 10:46 PM

I would cycle the tank some more. When I first started my 30 gal tank, I put plants in it. This dramatically sped the cycling process up. As far as filtration, I would use a cycled sponge filter so no little ones "go for a ride". Lastly, maybe keep the danios in the tank for a week or two before you breed them, just to make sure the tank is fully cycled. Then crank the temp up to 78.

I'm not really an expert, just relaying what I've read from others. I'd urge you to read some of the posts on here about both breeding and cycling. Good luck, and have fun!


EDIT: As far as eggs go, I would imagine they look like translucent white balls. Cories in my tank have been laying eggs and that's what they look like. You might not even see them if they fall into the gravel!
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