September 2, 2009
New member to the forum although been reading it for the last 6 mths plus, great source of info.
Broke my number one rule yesterday and purchased some fish I wasn't 100% sure of on the ID. The shop management didn't have a clue either and sold me them for (what I considered) a song !! I knew they were a "microrasbora" but was unsure of species. I also (thought) I knew which general location they came from so assumed water perameters !
Anyway "Knowledge Base" put me right (when I got them home) and confirmed they are Danio Erthromicron. First problem is "Knowledge Base " states water requirments of ph 7-8 and my tanks are running at 6 - 6.5.
Second issue is feeding - tried them on live daphnia, then crushed flake, then frozen daphnia and mosi larvae. They just seemed to mouth each one and I cannot be sure they are actually ingesting it.
They currently have that "Danio margaritatus" shop look - half starved, concave bellys, deformed back-bone !!!!!!!
Anybody any bright ideas on getting them to eat and what are the thoughts on the ph parameters (I assume they are commercially bred somewhere so not original origin, altho my assumptions haven't been going well lately !!!!!)
June 13, 2011
Welcome to the forum. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I'd recommend trying to get the pH up towards neutral tbh but only because it worked for me and I've never read anything about it being kept successfully in acidic water. The food you're offering sounds fine; I guess they'll be taking it when you're not looking as they're as shy as the margaritatus. Don't know if they're being produced commercially on a large scale but maybe someone else will.
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