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Kerr's Danio - A subtle beauty
January 1, 2014
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BallAquatics
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Of all the Danios in my fish room these are always at the top of my list.  They are everything you could want in an aquarium fish. Hardy, active, eager eaters, easy to spawn, long lived, etc.

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January 1, 2014
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Absolutely... I think I still have all of the ones I got from you 3 years ago... plus a tank of their kids ... plus a tank of their grandkids.....

I need to check if the original ones are still breeding... curious.

January 1, 2014
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Hi Ball Aquatics , I agree Kerri are possibly my fave Danio's ! I first managed to get hold of some in the mid 80s ,my first sight of them was a pic in TFH loose leaf encyclopedia ,in the late 70s and I was always looking to find some without any luck :( any way I did eventually get lucky and managed to pick a few out as bycatches ,they'd come in with some Rasbora Hengeli/Espii ? forgot which one :) but I really loved Kerri ,around the time I used to do a bit of showing and Kerri just couldn't fail which made me wonder why they hadn't become more popular ? as said they push all the plus buttons !

They did gain a little popularity a few years back but have never become a staple in the hobby ?

Has there been any work on the similarity between Kerri and Hikari ? they appear very close indeed !

January 1, 2014
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Has there been any work on the similarity between Kerri and Hikari ? they appear very close indeed !

Not quite... Kerri is about the easiest fish to breed, Hikari are difficult.

January 1, 2014
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In Hikari are the yellow fishes male and the blue female ?

January 1, 2014
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yes

January 1, 2014
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mikev said
Absolutely... I think I still have all of the ones I got from you 3 years ago... 

Hey Mike, that's cool.  The fish in the photos are the latest batch of offspring from my original breeders, same parents as the fish you have.  My wild caught originals will be 5+ years old this April.  They will still spawn practically on-demand, they just have smaller broods now-a-days.

They are always a big hit at the local swap meets & fish auctions. 

Dennis

January 1, 2014
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andy rushworth said

They did gain a little popularity a few years back but have never become a staple in the hobby ?

Hi Andy. It's the same here, they are still very hard to come by in the US.  They are easily mistaken for D. hikari, and in fact, when I purchased mine, they were listed in the auction as Danio sp. hikari.....

http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin.....1240277297

I was lucky enough to pick up my wild caught Danio kyathit in the same auction - Dennis

January 1, 2014
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Hi Dennis , nice to get two great Danio's together !

Are you in the know about Hikari Danios ,I heard the males are yellow and the females blue ? 

Are Dans n Devs your main interest or do you keep other fishes ?

Andy

January 2, 2014
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andy rushworth said
Are you in the know about Hikari Danios ,I heard the males are yellow and the females blue ?

No, I've never laid eyes on D. sp hikari in the flesh. I thought I read in PFK that the males were blue and the females yellow, but it could be the other way round?

I would be very interested in obtaining some if only I could find a source that was truly D. sp hikari. 

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Are Dans n Devs your main interest or do you keep other fishes ?

For the past 10 years or so they have been my main interest, (21 different species currently). I do have a few other fish, the Tanichthys (albonubes, micagemmae & thacbaensis), Otocinclus catfish, and Plecos L046, L183 & L201. I also keep Honduran Red Point cichlids. I had a 35 year love affair with cichlids, but woke up one day and decided I was tired of looking at tanks full of rocks!!!

Dennis

January 2, 2014
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From danios.info (what happened to the site btw?) :

These fish are always sold as two different species. In fact they are not. The yellow fish are male and the blue, female. They are similar in appearance to D. kerri although DNA testing reveals that they are not the same species as D.kerri. DNA tests on the Yellow and Blue are identical. Easy to breed. First imported 2002 / 2003.

"Easy to breed" ... hmmm ... donno.

January 2, 2014
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mikev said
From danios.info (what happened to the site btw?) :

Pete said they were installing a new server..... 

Dennis

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