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  1. #1

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    Question Zebra danios from Petsmart


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    Once I have my water dGH where it should be at 10 (it's currently at 6, should take about 2 more weeks to reach 10 with bi-weekly PWCs), I was thinking of adding 4-6 more zebra danios. Because I only have 2 survivors, they are still not playing nice with the other fish.

    Has anyone purchased fish at Petsmart or Petco, particularly zebra danios? I hesitate to get them from my LFS as I lost 7 of the 9 I got from them within 48 hours. I think it was stress, as it took her 25 minutes to catch 6 danios and the whole danio tank was in a panic. I know they get crazy when the fish net appears, but the tank was beyond crazy. No problem netting the scissortails, tetras, BNs or rainbows, just the danios. Is it possible they died from the stress of being netted and transported?

    Should I consider purchasing zebra danios from Petsmart or Petco?
    Last edited by gronlaura; 03-21-2013 at 11:07 PM.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras
    Future 40 Long - Rummynose Tetras and Cories

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    The Petco in my area is much better then my LFS. Just go into the store and look at the tanks just like any other LFS, if they appear fine then there's no more risk then a local shop.
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

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    I have purchased all of my fish from my local Petsmart. In my experience the employees are not at all knowledgeable about the fish, but their fish always look extremely healthy. I have never seen a dead fish in their tanks and the employees appear to be able to net the fish with minimal stress. I even had one several months ago net the only two neon tetras in a tank full of guppies in seconds without netting the wrong fish or chasing them around the tank several times.
    ~Manna
    10 gallon live planted aquarium with 6 neons
    90 gallon fw community in progress

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    In addition to what's been said already when you go in next to purchase fish ask if you can net them. That is if you feel comfortable doing it. If not and there's several employees, take some time and watch them net fish for other customers. Pick the one that's quick yet still gentle and does not appear to stress the fish. Don't have that employee who is constantly chasing the fish around with the net net your fish.
    25 Gal - Tropical
    Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
    Fish - 8 Blackskirt Tetras, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, Assassin snail.
    "Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
    Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project

  5. #5

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    Congrats on the cycles! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep and the gift :) - steeler58 Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx4 - pRED 
    For your new tetra's :) - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl 
    I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly TGIF! - wgoldfarb T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 thanks for the tip on the ammonia alert.  it's great for cycling with fish. - fishmommie 
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    Quote Originally Posted by ijankrom View Post
    In addition to what's been said already when you go in next to purchase fish ask if you can net them. That is if you feel comfortable doing it. If not and there's several employees, take some time and watch them net fish for other customers. Pick the one that's quick yet still gentle and does not appear to stress the fish. Don't have that employee who is constantly chasing the fish around with the net net your fish.
    That's a great idea. The danios were my first purchase. I shouldn't have taken them home - they should have been returned to the tank. Lesson learned the hard way, for me & the fish.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras
    Future 40 Long - Rummynose Tetras and Cories

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    I've gotten most of my danios at the local Petsmart~~they're doing great and are great underrated fish...and the more the merrier with these guys :D
    29: Harlequin Raspboras, Zebra Danios, Black Skirt Tetras, Platies, CAE
    10: Neons, Otos, Amano Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp

  7. #7

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    I have not had the best of luck with Zebra danios the last few years. Before there was a fishless cycle, I used to use them to seed my tanks but he ones I've gotten from my LFS get a certain size and start wasting away.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

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    I agree with steeler1. The zebra danios I've see lately look terrible. Having said that, I've seen some really nice looking leopard danios (Danio frankei). Leopard danios have dark spots instead of the stripes. The leopards are more appealing to me and seem to be much healthier because they're not over breed or a color morph of the zebra danio.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

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    Congrats on 7,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 TGIF! - Taurus TGIF! - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Yes! TGIF - Compass 
    TGIF Back at brother. ;-) - Taurus It's almost beer:30. - Taurus Here's a neon :) - rebecca_finny Thanks for all the good info lately--have a donut! - WhistlingBadger Congrats on 7,800 posts! - Slaphppy7 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Returning some of the treasure you've brought to the forum. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 We ALL need more fish.  That's why we're here! - WhistlingBadger T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF Lee :-) - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb TGIF - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    Children with Disabilities - Parkinson's Disease - VACTERL - Young Onset Parkinson's Association - steeler1 Childhood Cancer - steeler1 Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 
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    I always thought the Spotted Danio would be nice to keep but for supposedly being a common hardy fish, I never see them.

    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget
    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

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    I shop at my local petco for 80% of my fish.

    Their tanks aren't the greatest, but since I QT-that helps and their 30day money back promise is the reason I go there.
    my local lfs' don't have that option.

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