Danios

Danios are part of the vast barb family but are popular enough with aquarists to deserve their own subsection. Many are hearty enough to survive the rigors of initiating a brand new aquarium, and are usually strong enough to last through the maturation of a biological filter.

They are fast swimming fish that tend to stay in the upper half of the aquarium. They have always been a favorite of mine to start most community aquariums where passive fish are to be maintained.

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Their speed will keep them out of trouble and they are rarely aggressive against others.

Zebras (Danio rerio) are quite common and relatively cheap. They are excellent in most smaller community aquariums.

The pearl (Danio albolineatus) is one that can appear quite plain under strong lights. Given a nice dark substrate and a well planted aquarium, it can develop into its true pearly beauty. It is also one to consider for speed and activity in a small community aquarium.

For larger aquariums the giant danio (Danio aequipinnatus) can be a good choice as well. Be well aware that these fish will grow somewhere around 4 – 6 “, so ensure they are housed in suitable capacity for their speed and active natures.

The Zebras are one of the staple fish I usually use to start a tank. They lend speed, flash and durability during the (boring) break-in period.

These are egg scattering schooling fish, so put at least three, but better a school of 5 minimum. Schooling fish usually do best in odd number groups. Although three is a small school, five is the number I usually start with.

These are egg scattering schooling fish, so put at least three, but better a school of 5 minimum. Schooling fish usually do best in odd number groups. Although three is a small school, five is the number I usually start with.

You will enjoy these Danios in a peaceful community aquarium as they add much colour and flash and will tend to draw attention for hours.

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