Celestial Pearl Danios

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My fish store just got these guys in.
I have wanted them for as long as I can remember, but I could never find them. Now I not only found them, but I can get them for 3 bucks a piece. My questions are:
1) Are they ok in high PH and moderately hard water?
2) Do they have any special food requirements
3) How can I sex them, and how can I breed them
4) how many could I put in a 10 Gallon, and how many can I put in a 5.5 gallon?
 

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The tropical fish hobbiest mag did an article on them. If you can google it. I believe they are good in many different phs. So much so that people were breeding them in different phs. No idea about stocking but they are a nice looking tiny fish.
 

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1. Most likely
2. No, but live foods are always beneficial for coloration and conditioning for breeding.
3. Females are rounder. Breeding will be more difficult in any parameters that deviate from the ideal. Seriouslyfish has some info about them. Plants are needed.
4. 15-20, and 7-10 is my guess.
 

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5.5 gallons is too small, they do need a bit of space to give other males the chance to get away from the dominant male/s. 45cm×30cm tank dimensions is the minimum recommended for a small group of them
 
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In a 5 gallon(so long as it’s 20” long) no more than 6 and in a 10 no more than 12. They’re relatively easy to sex, here’s a link-

Breeding is also very easy, you can just set up a small tank with some Java moss and leave a pair in there for a few days and you’ll get some fry as they spawn about every day. There’s some good articles/videos if you google how to breed them.
 

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fishlover001 said:
Okay, could I do like
8X Celestial Pearl Danio
5X Norman's Lampeye Killifish
5X Ember Tetras
My tank is moderately planted, and is over filtered with 2 pretty big sponge filters.
No, that's too much for a 10 gal. I'd stick with just one species, not three, as both the killis and the embers should be in bigger groups of their own species.
 
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How many celestial pearl Danios do you suggest then?

In the 5.5, can I do
8X Celestial Pearl Danios
4X Red Cherry Shrimp(To Start)

The Danios are too small to eat the shrimps, right?
What would be the optimum water temperature for them?

My temp is 77°, is that OK?
 

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I’d really suggest checking out the seriously fish care page as it’ll have the requirements on there. I’d keep the temp around 74F and as stated above I would not suggest any more than 6 in a 5.5. The shrimp would be fine.
 

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I personally wouldn't do anything else but a Betta in a 5.5, or some shrimp and snails
 
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It would not be permanent, it would sort of be like a quarantine

A couple weeks at most
 

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I think in a well planted 5 gallon, many species besides bettas and inverts can live happily, including CPDs. Planted is key.
 
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Planted will work pretty well for me, as my substrate is soil! I will be picking up many plants at the fish store tomorrow as well as fish and shrimps.
 

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8 should be fine in a 5.5 gal.
 
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Ok, when I talked to the guy today he said he didn't think there were any left, but when he checked he said the still have them, so I don't think they have a whole lot. I will probably buy whatever they have.
 

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CPDmales are pretty aggresive with each other so i wouod make sure you have atleast 3 males or only a single male. Theyre pretty easy to sex males fin is completely coloured females have less colour on their fin
 
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I bought them;
I asked for 2 males and 4 females, but the guy was not sure about one of them, so he gave me 7 for the price of six. I also got 2 Blue Diamond Shrimp, and they are a really nice deep blue. Will post pics later, when they are done acclimating.
 

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I go with Dale. Too small for any kind of fish amd definitely for CPD's in my opinion.
 
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They will go to the ten gallon once it it cycled.
 

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Is the 5.5 gal already cycled?
 
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