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ivor whitehouse - 2005-10-28
a nice fish but very easily spooked. did have three but lost one when it jumped out of the tank when cleaning. put it back quickly but the stress gave it a heart attack and it died suddenly. they do not bother other fish at all but they will eat small fry as i have seen them feed on newborn platies. seem to be quite hardy and are supposed to live up to ten years if well looked after and a bit of luck. would not recommend for tanks less than four feet as a full grown one needs space and even four feet can be considered small when you are a foot or more long. have not bred in the aquarium but they seem to go through some form of display or ritual which looks like a prelude to mating. a beautiful fish and justly popular.

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  • Terry - 2013-06-21
    Hi there, you mention a form of display or ritual with these fish, I have a pair of them have found it impossible to sex them however have regularly caught glimpse of them swimming almost in tandem with them inter lapping tails! Is this the 'perhaps' ritual to which you allude? I am a little concerned as my UFO 500 tank is only 78 litres therefore not sure if that's large enough tho it should do just now I guess, also I've read many things on this page about pairs not being a good thing, these two seem fine and the old romantic in me hopes that this is a mating ritual and indicative of them being fine together!
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Kai van der Bijl - 2009-11-27
I have 3 normal zebra danios and they are awesome because they are so active and the males have really long fins (for danios). They get along with other fish their size but ate my small (1.5 cm) guppy's tail off!

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  • Val - 2012-11-16
    Danios are tail nippers so keep well away from long finned fish
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-16
    Add 3 or 4 more Danios and you may see their aggression calm down.  They are most peaceful in groups of 6 or more.  Anything less causes them to be either very withdrawn or a bit aggressive.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my male looks staved even after being fed blood worms, he is eating fine has no ripped fins no symptoms of being sick and acts fine? anyone know whats wrong? hes been like this for about 5 months

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-12
    What else do you feed the fish?  How often?
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
    2 blocks of blood worms per day it is with a whole bunch of guppies and some more cherry barbs
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    I would try adding some High quality flake food to their diet.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    i feed em some fish eggs, flake and pellets to
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Fish keeper - 2006-08-09
I have 4 of the little guys and they are great fish. they will some times split up from their group and swim around in a loosely formed group. I might add 2 or 3 more to see if I can get a better schoaling behavior. great fish, fun to watch. Enjoy your danios!

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  • verna - 2013-04-30
    hi, i also have 4 longfinned zebras,i was wondering if yours will feed off the bottom after feeding time,mine seem to be scavenging the bottom.my question is do i still need a bottom feeder? or would the zebras attack them?also let me know if they do school better with 5 or more,mine are quite active and go everywhere independetly.thankyou
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Chris - 2013-03-26
Hi! I'm really new to being an aquarist, and I decided to bring two giant Danios home with a (cleaned) 10-gallon setup I bought from a thrift shop for cheap. I do have a question about feeding in general...how much is a 'little amount'? To err on the safe side, as I've heard of fish dying from overfeeding so I give them three small meals of around...four large flakes equivalent. Maybe somewhat less than a pinch. Am I giving them enough food, or am I giving them too much? This is my first time and I really want it to be right. Thanks for the help!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-26
    It sounds like you are doing just fine feeding your fish! I wouldn't worry about overfeeding them too much, as long as you do regular water changes. One pinch 2-3 times a day is a good amount.
  • Tyler - 2013-04-09
    To start off, be sure you feed a variety of food including fresh chopped veggies. Also a 10 gallon is way to small for these fish. Even one or two. With only having 2 you will quickly notice a dominant fish in the hierarchy whom will most likely kill the other one. You need a group of at least 5 or 6 at minimum. 90 gallon cichlid community tank 75 gallon giant danio species tank
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Gilly - 2009-06-01
I would really like to start an aquarium with 3 or 4 cherry barbs but am looking for something else to put with them - I'd like a nice blue or yellow/orange fish of no more than 5cms size if there are any that would live happily with them. Can anyone recommend anything?

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  • fish boy - 2011-02-18
    Dwarf Gouramis or gold barbs would be a good choice. Also platies.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    Even though it's not yellow, blue, or orange, the kissing gourami is a very nice peaceful fish.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-26
    mixing other barbs is always a nice look and there are many variations.
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kris - 2013-03-23
I have 32 of these fish in my community tank and they are my cheapest and most favorite fish I have.  They keep my tank from being boring, they all group together and swim from side to side of my 100 gallon aquairum. They really are a beautiful sight to see... I have a blue light bulb and a white bulb on my tank and wow their colors really pop out! The gold stripe looks fluorescent and they are so happy. Mine never hide they are not shy at all... I have them in with large veil angels, mollies, platies, all types of tetras, clown loaches, cory cats, rainbows, dwarf gouramis, bumblebee catfish, green & pink kissers, chinese algea eaters, plecos, cuckoo squeaker catfish & a red and blue crawfish...I LOVE MY TANK!!!!

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chris - 2004-11-02
I have 2 Albino Tiger Barbs and 1 Tiger Barb in a 15 gallon tank. They are in there with a Red Flame Honey Gourami and a Rainbow shark. Surprising they do not nip at his fins like so many rumors say they do. They are great fish and very energetic and cheap too! I got mine for 99 cents apiece. I recommend these to anyone.

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  • Katie - 2012-06-23
    In my oppinion that is too small of a tank for that many fish. 15 gallons is not enough. I have a problem With my Albino Tiger Barbs too. I have 4 albino tiger barbs in one (20 gallon) tank. I have a bubbler and another ornament. The fish keep messing with one another a little too rough sometimes and tried to eat my other fish wich now in a different tank with neon tetras. One of them has tattered fins so bad she can hardly swim and kinda stays near the top of the tank. To toarrow morning we were gonna clean the tank and see what happened. I think she might have fin rot but I am not sure. We have a filter and heater but don't have test strips. We feed them flakes but she started pooping more and it is stringy. Can any one help?
  • Breezy - 2013-03-16
    If the school of fish is not big enough then they will start picking on other fish. I have a school of 12 barbs, 4 albino tiger barbs,4 regular tiger barbs and 4 green tiger barbs and they leave my fish alone.
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kyle - 2010-01-02
WOAH, your 32 gallon tank is way over crowded! Even if you just had the danios in your tank, it would still be over crowded. When stocking your fish tank there is one fundamental rule. An inch per gallon. For example a 1.25" glowlight danio needs 1.25 gallons of water. Please remember this rule for the future.

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  • Josh - 2012-03-29
    Your using the rule incorrectly, a 4 inch Red Tail Shark would need at least a 4 foot long tank, a 55 gallon. Glow light danios need at least 20 gallons.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    This is not really a rule but more of a guide. Not always correct with all fish. Some fish it is more important to have length then actual amount of water. a 55 gallon high tank for example would not have enough surface area for many fish, where a starndard long 55 gallon would.
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Anonymous - 2013-02-12
It is a new variety of fish to see.

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