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Old 01-08-2013, 05:18 AM   #1
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Default Dario dario tips and tricks (mainly wondering what too feed and best gender ratios)

So, lo and behold, my lfs manages to have these in. I've never seen these fish in person before and I knew I had to have at least a pair since I've seen them around and am setting up a nano-tank anyways.

I picked up what I believe to be a pair (man, these things are so small, I'm used to bichirs and stuff like that), and am just wondering what tips and tricks you guys can offer. If this would be better off in the nano forum, please mods, move this there.

Anyways, they are in my hi light (soon to be running pressurized co2) 10 gallon, with pygmy cories, some otos (I need more in the future) and some blue velvet shrimp and an army of misc. snails. I plan on eventually adding more of these guys to my tank, and adding other micro fish as well.

I have some micro hikari pellets, but I'm wondering what else would be good to feed these guys. I got some frozen brine shrimp as well, and I also have blood worms (though I heard those are a bad idea for these, is that true? either way, more of these will be going for my smaller angels than this tank if I were to feed any).

Im sure I'll have more questions as I go. Its a bit of a change for me to go from fish I can actually see to small little guys such as these :P
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:37 AM   #2
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Good luck with those foods. Mine will not eat anything but live food. I feed mine live bloodworms and nematodes. Grindal Worms are next on my list of to do.

I've tried frozen bloodworms but mine won't take it. I have had one a few years back that did.

Got any pics?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:44 AM   #3
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Dario dario are a really mixed bag, just like bettas. Some will take only take live food when some will happily eat dry food, the latter being VERY rare. I find most will eat frozen baby brine shrimp and LOVE frozen mysis shrimp... as long as you don't feed them live foods that is. Bloodworms tend to make Dario dario fatter than they should be. Also, since most dario dario are males, make sure you are buying a female, females can be an all around kind of blueish gray, to looking like a stressed out male.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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I've kept dario dario for almost 2 years. I watched the 4 males flare up at each other every day. I kept them in my planted 40B and each had there own area. If you did get some females they would be pale white in coloring vs the males. When I first got them I would crumble food into a near powder for them to eat. I also had a rcs colony in there going almost 500 strong, so they probaly got their fill of babies.
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I got a pair from ' minifishroom ' on here about a month ago. And i think they are finally eating from borneowild staple s and pro grow and color i crushed up.
I also feed them microworms.

and yes you can definitely tell which one is a male vs female. hopefully you got a pair. I know most LFS only get in males.

I was also going try some frozen baby brne shrimps also.

I havent tried fronzen bloodworms because i thought they looked to big for them to eat?
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Dario dario is a native fish and best part I have have caught it before in ponds or 'pukur' as we say it in bengali language with heavy vegetation in my home town. Ideal tank ratio for a 1ft. cube (just considering it generally) 1:3 M/F ratio. Very choosy eaters! will accepts live food only (preferred microworms) dryfood only if it's like minute granules pre-soaked in garlic juice. Please provide hiding places to avoid direct aggression as post spawning the become super territorial. I personally know the person who exports them to US/UK/Germany from India (again, he's from my home town) and take it from me - hardly females go down there, they are only send to specific LFS when asked if they want a self sustaining supply for the locality,so female chances - tough!
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Well, the place only had one bright red fish (the male) and then several smaller ones with this very pale coloration, nothing like the male at all. Tbh, I think they only had one male and that the rest they had were females lol

I'll try and get pictures up later today. They'll also be in my 5.5 gallon journal that will be updated every now and again.
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I'm looking at stocking D.dario too, so I'm going to be watching this thread
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I had 5 of them a couple of years ago. I was lucky, mine ate chopped up blood worms. I used to also mix in mashed earthworm flake or sticks so eventually they ate those too.
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@furfins: Live blood worms?
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I suggest keeping just 1 male to 1 female. 2 female to 1 male is always better though.

I feed my Scarlets crushed flake food and they all accept it willingly. Though my Badis are F4 and F5+ generation so they've always had crushed flake food to begin with so it's a norm for them.
For LIVE Food I treat them to micro worms, scuds, daphinia, black worms, and glass worms. Feeding a lot of live food always get them to breed for me.
They breed like bettas so expect a ton of fry.

There's really no trick to keeping these guys.

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Feeding a lot of live food always get them to breed for me. They breed like bettas so expect a ton of fry.

Do you raise the fry? Do you ever sell them?
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Do you raise the fry? Do you ever sell them?
I do raise all the fry. I only sell them when I am able to sex.
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I've noticed that the dominant fish turns a bright red and the rest of the makes go a silver to faded silvery pink colour.
Mine get frozen live foods. I grate part of a cube and drop it in. Use the smallest grate possible. Mines meant for zesting I think. They also don't actively search for good very much. They are ambush predators so they like waiting for a bit to float within range before attacking it.
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I've noticed that the dominant fish turns a bright red and the rest of the makes go a silver to faded silvery pink colour.
That is really true.
First time I got these guys I bought over probably 20+ Pale looking ones at one time and only landed 2 females out of the whole batch.
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