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Brachydanio rerio
Zebra fish, Zebra danio
Hamilton, 1822

Brachydanio rerio - Zebra fish, Zebra danio - A female zebra fish
A female zebra fish
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(Other members of the genus Brachydanio)

ADULT SIZE: 5 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Brachydanio rerio live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from India, Nepal, Bangladesh

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Females are rounder/plumper than males.

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AQUARIUM CARE: An aquarium favourite for many years. This lively (but ultimately peaceful) shoaling fish is well suited for the community aquarium, where it will play in any current and continuosly display activity. They occur in faster moving waters such as the Ganges and its tributaries, as well as a number of slower moving even stagnant waters. This species is also widely used as a lab animal, for genetic and developmental studies. The leopard danio is a colour morph of the zebra danio, in which the stripes have broken into spots to some extent. These fish are usually kept together in dealers tanks, and mostly spotty, or mostly stripey individuals are common. Long-finned varities are also available, though perhaps less hardy in the aquarium.

BREEDING: Like all Danios, the zebra fish is an egg scatterer. Its eggs are large and easy to raise. The best technique is to spawn over marbles; eggs are laid in early morning, the parents should then be removed, and the eggs collected, hatching after 2-3 dayws

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