new tank - zebra danios glofish
- hello! we just started up a 10 gallon tank for six tiny zebra danio
glofish. it has an aquatech filter, lighted hood, heated to 76, with a
bubbler, gravel and a few silk plants... the tank has been up for 9
days. i added bio something (sorry, cant remember what it's called
right now, the pet store lady said we should use it) to the water each
day for the first seven days.
when should i do my first partial water change? and how often should i
use the gravel vaccuum thing? this is our first tank with zebra danios,
- --- elybarnhart <elybarnhart@...> wrote:
> hello! we just started up a 10 gallon tank forWhat colors did you get (out of the three I think are available)?
> six tiny zebra danio glofish.
> the tank has been up for 9 days.Nine days AFTER adding the fish or 9 days total? If the latter, how
long have the fish been in there?
> i added bio something (sorry, cant remember what it's calledI am not a big fan of the "bio" type bacteria supplements because in
> right now, the pet store lady said we should use it) to the water
> each day for the first seven days.
my mind to actually have live bacteria to kick start an aquarium the
product should be refrigerated, sealed, and have a short expiration
date. So anything that is in a bottle sitting at room temperature on
a shelf for weeks or months, probably is not going to do anything
> when should i do my first partial water change?I would go ahead and start a water change schedule now. One or two
gallons on a weekly basis is easy to do and only takes 10 minutes.
Zebra Danios appreciate new clean water so you really can't change
water too much for them. And of course you can always change more
water if you wish, but a gallon would be 10% and two gallons is 20%.
Doing that weekly, in my opinion is bother easier and better than
trying to change, for example, 1/3 of the tank monthly or something
> and how often should i use the gravel vacuum thing?Zebra danios are pretty clean fish so if you don't over feed them,
the tank should stay pretty clean. So you don't have to use that
every time or even every other time, but if you are draining water
out of the tank anyway, might as well use it more often rather than
less often. And don't worry about trying to clean everything every
time. If you are changing a gallon and you can only vacuum 1/3 of the
bottom of the tank, fine. Don't worry about it. You can do more next
Over time you should get a good idea of how much debris you pull out
of the gravel and get a feel of how often you need to do it.
> this is our first tank with zebraEnjoy it!
> danios, any tips?
>> hello! we just started up a 10 gallon tank forwe actually now have three of each color - red, orange
>> six tiny zebra danio glofish.
> What colors did you get (out of the three I think
> are available)?
and green (which are actually more of a yellow). they
are all VERY hyper and seem to enjoy playing glofish
tag! mornings seem to be their most active time...
they do mellow out a bit by evening. probably just
>> the tank has been up for 9 days.nine days after adding the fish. tho, by now it's been
> Nine days AFTER adding the fish or 9 days total? If
> the latter, how long have the fish been in there?
12 days. i did do a 20% water change 2 days ago, and
managed to vaccuum about one third of the gravel. i'll
do that every week.
i have read online that zebra danios (which is what
the glofish are supposed to be) are a schooling fish.
i have nine very tiny fish, and they don't seem to
school. i also read that they usually hang in the
middle to top of a tank, but these glofish seem to
like the bottom.
i did an ammonia test this morning - it came up as
0.25 - according to the test booklet, this is safe
enough, but is there something else i can do to keep
the fish healthy?
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- --- elena barnhart <elybarnhart@...> wrote:
> i have read online that zebra danios (which is what"Schooling" fish only swim about in a tight school when they are
> the glofish are supposed to be) are a schooling fish.
> i have nine very tiny fish, and they don't seem to
stressed and frightened. So if you saw them swimming around like that
it should be more of a matter of concern.
Otherwise, in the Wild, schooling fish swim around more like a big
cloud, if you will, where if you are in a hige river, the cloud might
be spread across several meters or more but still pretty tightly
grouped when you consider the size of, for example, the Amazon river,
etc. In a tank, even a large tank, that is still a pretty small
space, so to the schooling fish, being within a few feet of each
other is basically schooling as far as they are concerned.
> i also read that they usually hang in theDanios swim all over. They are pretty active, NON-shy fish and have
> middle to top of a tank, but these glofish seem to
> like the bottom.
problems checking out the entire tank. If they are mostly on the
bottom, perhaps the light it to bright? You have other LARGE fish in
there that keep the danios clinging to the bottom? Or do they swim
everywhere but just seem to like to poke around the bottom? You might
try adding some floating plants (real or fake) and see if that
encourages towards the top more.
> i did an ammonia test this morning - it came up asJust keep an eye on it and change water whenever it seems to creep up
> 0.25 - according to the test booklet, this is safe
> enough, but is there something else i can do to keep
> the fish healthy?