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Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Natural biotope aquarium
November 13, 2012
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Hello

I'm from Poland and this is my first post here.

 

I would like to start a tank with Zebrafish, idea is to imitate natural one's of natural habitat this fish. I'm aquarist from 15 years and i I would like to approach this seriously. From what I should start? and Where to look for information about the appearance of this habitat.

best regards Max

November 13, 2012
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Hi Max,

a lot of information about D. rerio as to distribution, habitat and requirements you'll find here, including one photo of a natural habitat.

From my own experience I can tell you that they do like some water movement but not too much. A filter outlet via spray-bar on one of the short sides of the tank is ideal as it creates some current and oxygenates the water at the same time.

Try to keep water temperatures at about 20* C for most of the year. During winter they can drop down to 16* C at night and during summer shouldn't rise above 26* C for extended periods of time. If they do, rather than trying to cool down the water, which is not all that easy, introduce more air (oxygen) into the water.

Even though they do keep to open water most of the time, especially the females appreciate some plant growth to hide away from too persistent males. The length and width of the aquarium is much more important than height since they are very active and fast swimmers if given the chance.

If you try to imitate a stretch of riverbank with marginal and overhanging vegetation, you are on the right track. If you need some inspiration, try your picture search engine with "underwater photography freshwater".

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R.

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November 13, 2012
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Hi Max,

 

Also Antii Vuorela's article might be helpful.

http://www.planetcatfish.com/s.....ium+fishes

November 13, 2012
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Hi Max, I've a copy of a paper called 'Zebrafish in the wild: a review of natural history and new notes from the field' which has descriptions and photos of natural habitats. Can email you a copy if you pm me your address.

Welcome to the site, too. :)

Great link Henri. Does anyone know what happened to that chap Antii? He started making this nice website but there haven't been any updates for a few years now? http://www.kolumbus.fi/vuorela.....nglish.htm

Cake or death?
November 14, 2012
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Great thanks for your help.

This article it's very useful, I usually keep cold water fish, so the temperature is not an issue (btw if anyone wants to see what we have been kept http://www.facebook.com/my-aqu.....038;type=3   feature=g-upl   feature=g-upl ) 

 

As for the interior tank I have an idea, but what about the other fish? what species unfit for zebrafish natural tank.

Probably praise on this tank here on the forum;) I'm also going to write an article for the Polish press describing the biotope aquarium for Danio rerio.

November 14, 2012
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Hi Max,

which other species you can introduce with the "zebras" depends a good deal on how big that tank is going to be. If you go back to the profile that I linked in my first reply, you'll find sympatric species in the "habitat" section.

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R.

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November 14, 2012
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The tank is 120cm long, height and width is a 50 cm. 

 

Matt i have a problem with this pdf file, google asking me about access to this file.

 

what do you think about Rosy barb with a zebrafish? From what I read there is a high probability of occurrence of these species together.

November 15, 2012
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Sorry about that Max, I'll try uploading it a different way.

Edit: forget that, it's available online HERE.

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November 15, 2012
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Hi Max,
let me first say that I like both setups you are showing in your videos. Really nice and natural!
As far as the rosy barb (Pethia conchonius) is concerned, I think it likely that the species is sympatric wit D. Rerio. There should be no problem keeping them together.
There is however a different aspect. You started out to set up a D. rerio biotope tank. The rosy barb does get to about twice the size of the zebras and catches the eye by size and its placative color. It might just distract a bit too much from your main actor?
But that's of course no reason not to choose them if it's not chiefly about D. rerio.
When you are starting on the tank I would really like to see some photos or maybe a video again. So keep us updated. Smile
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R.

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November 15, 2012
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Thanks Matt, this article deprived me of doubt

Rüdiger, You're right, so I decided after reading the the following species

 

10-15 Danio rerio

6-8 Devario sp. (I do not know that I can get in Poland)

1+2 Dario dario

optionally 

3-5 Lepidocephalus sp. (Unfortunately, I have not seen at Poland yet this fish)

 

I can not find it in my country wild form of zebrafish, in each store are a Longfin form, pink, green or something form but no wild.

Are in you it is such a problem?

November 15, 2012
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We do get the natural colour form here (Spain) but they're all mass-produced in Singapore. How far from the German border are you? Laugh

Just watched your videos and the tanks look really great. Did you collect the fish yourself?

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November 16, 2012
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Hi Max,
sounds good to me. Just a word of caution as far as Dario dario is concerned. In my setup D. rerio have proven to be ferocious hunters and responsible for the demise of a healthy Neocaridina heteropoda (wild form) population. They have literally ripped them to pieces, including really large specimen. Seeing how really minute especially D. dario females are, I wouldn't trust the zebras to let them live for long. But then again, I have not kept them together and can only speculate. If you want to give it a try, I'd suggest to watch closely what's happening in that tank for quite some time.
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R.

P.S. Incindently I still have 6 specimen of D. rerio to give away. But with you in Poland, that might prove difficult. Confused

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