What the Dario dario lacks in stature, he makes up for in personality! Often described as a dwarf cichlid (they're not), this diminutive fish will amuse you with his antics. Males are a vibrant red, with 7 dark vertical stripes and a blue iridescent sheen to their scales. Females, on the other hand, are a uniform gray. Their stripes are indistinct or missing altogether. As for size--the average male will be about 0.8 inches long and the females are even smaller (0.5 inches). Lifespan for these little guys is between 4 and 6 years.
If you're tired of looking at big, black, boxes hanging over your aquarium and would like something a bit more unobtrusive, then look no further. Finnex, has come out with a new line of high output LED fixtures that don't overwhelm the tank. But will they grow plants?
We have searched online for hours, but have been unable to find very much information regarding these tiny fish. With that being said, we'll post what we have found and the rest, we'll just have to learn together!
Reef safe: Yes
Native to: Western Pacific (inhabits reefs and can usually be found hovering over corals and/or sponges)
Care: ? (ours have been very easy to care for and appear to be quite hardy)
Hangs Out: All over the tank, but with a tendency towards the mid to bottom regions
Hatching your own brine shrimp, is an easy and rewarding experience and with just a few household items, you can make your own hatchery. Brine shrimp eggs can be found at your local pet shop or online.
This article is about how to rid your tank of cyanobacteria using Boyd Chemiclean Aquarium Treatment. We have tested the Chemiclean and know that it works (), but there are other methods (blackouts) and products such as antibiotics and algaecides that you can use, should you wish to go that route instead.
Several aquarium projects require that you drill a hole through your tank. While this seems like an impossible task, it can actually be done quite easily assuming you take a few precautions. Most important is that you insure that the panel you plan to drill is not tempered. There are few ways to do this (search google for common ways) but the most reliable is check the spec sheet of your aquarium. If you go to the manufactures website they will tell you if your specific tank uses tempered glass. While using a polarizer can also tell you if a tank is tempered, it is not 100% reliable. Again, if your tank is tempered, you cannot drill it.
Ummm, ummm, good! At least to snails and shrimp it is! Below is the basic recipe for snail Jello. There are any number of ways this could be modified for fish, frogs, etc.; use your imagination and have fun. Here's a link to more recipes should you wish to further explore the gourmet world of fish food recipes. Added note--I made the basic recipe and was surprised at how well the "Jello" cubes held together and didn't dirty up the tank.