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justin - 2011-01-15
I have a 60-gallon tank, and at Petsmart the people say these things get 14 inches! Is this true? Will I need to get more than one?

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-06
    No they aren't schooling fish they get about that size maybe smaller in aquarium though.
  • Justin - 2013-08-06
    Okay, what you really need is a large tank setup. They can't live well on their own.They need to be in schools of three to five for maximum mental health.
  • Zack Bradford - 2013-12-16
    Yea, they definitely need to be in odd groups. They won't make it to 14 in your tank, I had a 55 and there just wasn't enough space for them, sorry to say but you'll be lucky if they make it to about 8 inches. I only say that because your tank mates will have a big play on them, say you have a fish like barbs for example. The bala will get skittish and will jolt into the glass and continue to knock itself out. But cool fish give the tank character and you'll definitely need a bigger tank if you want them to thrive not just survive. Feel free to ask about other fish as well if idk I wont bs ya.

      
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Anonymous - 2013-09-01
Mine was given a model tree and soon after it was put in the tank he dug a tunnel under and nearly came out. I kept it with Platys and he lived under his tree with one of the baby platys and never touched it.

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Justin - 2013-08-06
Hey I have three balas. Two are about four inches and one is a little over three, I have a clown loach and three zebra danios. As well my wife bought three neon tetras and I bought a pleco. I believe (now that we are missing a tetra) that one of my bala sharks is responsible. But I have them in a large 100 gallon setup. They are great fish and I agree definitely not for children, they require advanced care and can be difficult to treat. I love them though, even though they are tetra murderers. Ha ha

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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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