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Zebra Danio (Danio rerio)

The Zebra Danio or Danio rerio is a brightly colored, inexpensive aquarium fish that is very easy to care for. This freshwater fish gets its name from the striped pattern that graces its body. These stripes are normally blue or purple with their bodies a silver or gold coloration. They can be kept in schools and are very active in an aquarium setting. An aquarium of only 10 gallons is acceptable, because these fish will only grow to about 3" in maximum length. All of this makes the Zebra Danio a great beginner community fish! You can check out the Zebra Danio spawning in the video below...



In the wild the Zebra Danio is found in Eastern India is freshwater streams or small ponds. The male of this species is almost perfectly cigar shaped with the female having a larger belly.This species of Danio can be bred in an aquarium. The male will normally stay with the same female for its entire life! If you have an aquarium with plants and a temperature of 78F this will encourage breeding. After they lay their eggs it only takes two days before they hatch. The fry can be fed small pieces of Brine Shrimp. As they get older they should be fed a variety of flakes, bloodworms and frozen foods. The following water conditions are acceptable for this fish, 64-75° F, KH 8-12, and pH 6.5-7.0.

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