Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
dario dario breeding
Well I have lots of dario dario. I have 3 definite females I got today. I have 15 males in my community tank. Although at least one of the paler striped ones in that tank is a female as it laid eggs inside the driftwood hole where a lot of them like to nestle into. Of course there is a shrimp in there eating the eggs. The male scares away the other dario, but not the shrimp. Damn shrimp.
Has anyone had any luck breeding these little fish? I was thinking of setting them up (the 3 females and 1 male) into one of my empty 10 gallon tanks. Putting in some eco-complete (thank you chibs!) with some clippings from my large tank and loading it up with plants and a piece of spare driftwood. I was also thinking some salvinia minima (thank you duff!) for extra shade.
Should I skip the stem plants and just put in a sword in there so they can scatter eggs there? I can later just chop that leaf off and move it into another tank with air flow for them to hatch. Or should I plant both to give them more shade and hidie holes? Should I put small clay pots in there instead so I can take them out instead of the plant leaves? Assuming they'd even scatter eggs in a clay pot.
How do you scrape eggs off of something, or do you leave them as is and just move the whole object?
My fish are currently eating daphnia and krill, anyone else have a food that they prefer to eat during spawning?
Should I pick my brightest male to spawn with the females, or would it matter? I have red ones with dark stripes and white ones with red stripes.
I read to keep the temp towards the latter end of their spectrum. Anyone have any other temp they've had luck with?
Also, what kind of water parameters has anyone done well with? I'm guessing just to hit for normal community tank numbers? Or should I go for tannins in the tank?
I'm not going to use excel in the tank or fertilize it. Or should I at least give half doses of excel for the plants? I'm going to put an air stone in there also for them along with the HOB on there now.
Hmm, I think that's all the questions I have for now. If I'm totally over thinking this, apologies. I just want the fry to have the highest chance of survival that I can provide.
Last edited by Psionic; 04-11-2012 at 04:07 PM.