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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Danios or Bunnies?

Sloshing more water about from my re-scape, I had a few sprigs of HM in a big tupperware bowl, and scooped a little into a cup to hydrate some tubifex. I look into the cup, and behold! Fry. Teensy, witsy fry.

I had a previous thread in which I found one danio fry in a bucket, and moved him (he's now .5 inches) into my tank, a 15g. Now, I count at least five itsy bitsy (about 2mm) fry in one of my buckets. (Too small for pics with my camera, sorry.)

So, what's the deal? Do leopard/zebra danios always breed like rabbits? I never see eggs or fry in the main tank... Is there any way to avoid sucking up the babies each WC? I don't have another tank, but added a little Whisper filter to the bucket. Am I soon to be overrun with Danios?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 05:33 AM
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doubt you'll be overrun, from what i hear danios lay their eggs one way, pull a u-turn, and come back and eat them
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LOL Danios are your Guppies... and Guppies are worse than Bunnies!

Cherry barbs were the same in my 46gal. I tried getting rid of them all together at least 3 times. The last time I gave them all away, about a month later I was doing a big tank overhaul. I was cleaning out my HOB and out pops a tiny male cherry barb into my sink. I've no idea how long it lived in the HOB, but it had to have been either just an egg or a teeny tiny hatchling to have gotten through the filter screen on the intake tube.

Then I went and picked up one of the plates on my UG filter... and there was a female cherry barb.

Well, with one male and one female, you know what ended up happening... So now I have one male cherry barb and 2 females.

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fry don't stand a chance in my tanks.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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I just found three more in another bucket. I moved them using a baster... hope it wasn't too harsh for them. I can't get over how tiny they are. It is beyond my ken how they even exist! I've been doing all sorts of changes, pulling plants out and in... I just changed the entire substrate and scape about 10 days ago. Doesn't seem that the danios would feel secure enough to procreate. I also have a remaining pair of cherry barbs, who I thought would eat anything swimming in the tank.

It seems that there may be more than one --- clutch? litter? What is a group of fish eggs called... other than caviar? Anyway, one of the fry is about twice the size of the others, about 1/4 inch. So it is either from a different hatching, or is a different type of fish.

I wasn't looking to breed (fish), but they are so tiny and cute!! Who'da thought WalMart danios would act this way!! Anyone have any tips or stories about you and your fry?
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Man, this reminds me of my fire mouth cichlid eggs disappearing on the 3rd or fourth day? (sighs) but hopefully they'll reproduce again.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2008, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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Now I have seven 2mm (assumed) danio fry, and one 5mm in a 5g bucket. They seem to be eating and doing well. I saw a 2mm one in the tank this evening, but it disappeared before I could suction it up.

Here is a pic of the "big" one:

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2008, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
Guppies are worse than Bunnies!
so true....

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2008, 05:53 AM
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i pray for you if you have good fry hiding places.

There's a reason guppies are feeders....
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