Zebra Danio: Oldie But Goodie

October 27th, 2009

The Zebra Danio is one of the fish that has been in the hobby forever. They are commercially bred and are available for sale in virtually every pet store, commonly being one of the first fish people keep when entering the hobby. For this reason, they are easily overlooked by more seasoned hobbyists when choosing inhabitants for their aquarium. This spring, the temperatures outside were still chilly, but I was beginning to see mosquito larvae outside in my pond. I went to my favorite fish store, and asked the owner what he suggested for a reasonably cold-tolerant fish that would provide mosquito protection, and he suggested the Zebra Danio.

Zebra Danio

For all of the reasons I mentioned above, I was hesitant, but the price was right (less than $.99/fish) so I came home with a dozen fish. They cleared out the mosquito larvae problem nearly overnight, and were quite active in the pond. Also, outside in the full sun, I noticed far more colors than their typical brown and tan zebra stripes. Flashes of blue or green iridescence showed up, as well as, yellow on the tops of their fins. Before long, I noticed lots of small fry swimming outside in the pond. My dozen fish had easily tripled, if not more.

Zebra Danio

When fall came, and the nighttime temperatures began to decline again, I brought the danios inside and placed them in a riparium/terrarium setup that I have going. I thought they would like the extra water flow I have in that particular aquarium, and so far they don’t seem to have any complaints. They are probably the best schoolers and most active fish I’ve kept in a planted aquarium. They might stress more calm/docile tank mates, but they are fun to watch as they never stop schooling from one side of the tank to the other. If you’re looking for an inexpensive schooling fish for your planted aquarium, you really can’t go wrong with the Zebra Danio.

5 Responses to “Zebra Danio: Oldie But Goodie”

  1. Chris Noto Says:

    Great looking photos of some really healthy, clean fish, Kris. You must have spent a good bit of time to get these images, as fast as Zebra Danios keep moving. Thanks.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks Chris! The trick is to use a flash overhead so that you can shoot with a fast shutter speed. That freezes the fish, and helps to make the background black. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Davie Says:

    You’re right I’ve always had zebrafish in every fish tank I’ve ever had and I love to just sit and watch them swim

  4. jgrey Says:

    super underrated fish. like yours, i notice healthy happy zebra danios ESP in the sun color up real nice. they never stop moving and zero fear in those guys. also one of the funnest fish of mine to feed, will literally nibble at my hands if i hold the food close and dont let it go at the waters surface. i recently moved mine because i noticed they were annoying the living crap out of my amanos with their constant buzzing around while the amanos peacefully grazed. i felt bad for the shrimp. so all in all i agree with everything said in the article, and the pics are amazing. just found your blog, great work!

  5. guitarfish Says:

    JGrey — thanks for your comment! It sounds like you have a nice aquarium going too!

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