Help! Giant Danios Swimming At The Top Help

  1. Ioana Dog

    Ioana Dog Valued Member Member

    I got 6 giant danios last night and ever since I put them in the quarantine tank all they’ve done is swim at the top of the tank skimming the surface like a hatchet fish. They aren’t gasping for air and everyone else in there are perfectly fine and acting normal. Water parameters are:
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrites 0
    Nitrates 20
    PH 7.4
     
  2. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    That's where giant danios swim. They're top and mid dwelling fish. If they aren't gasping for air or struggling to swim they're probably all good :)
     
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    Ioana Dog

    Ioana Dog Valued Member Member

    Oh. In the store they swam and chased each other throughout the tank. No gasping for air and they’re very active they just swim more like hatchet fish.
     


  4. jkelleylbi

    jkelleylbi New Member Member

    I have 6 giant danios I added to my tank back in February, and they're kind of all over the place. Your water parameters are good and giant danios seem to be very hardy fish, I wouldn't worry about it too much just yet.
     
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    Ioana Dog

    Ioana Dog Valued Member Member

    Thank you. When do I worry? How big did yours get? Some sites say 4 inches and random ones say 6.
     
  6. jkelleylbi

    jkelleylbi New Member Member

    I imagine they're just acclimating, give them a dose of stress coat and they'll likely be fine. My 6 cycled the tank and survived an ich infestation (thank you so much petsmart) along with a couple ph swings while I was getting used to having a tank again for the first time in many years...so they're pretty tough. They're also extremely active, so as long as your water chemistry is in order I wouldn't be concerned unless they become sluggish for a couple days.
     
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    Ioana Dog

    Ioana Dog Valued Member Member

    They’re now swimming all over the tank chasing each other like my other danios. They also colored up and are eating great. I never had fish do that before. How big did yours get?
     
  8. jkelleylbi

    jkelleylbi New Member Member

    They were all 1-2 inches when I got them, the biggest among them is a little over 3 inches at this point. Because they are so active measuring or photographing them is next to impossible, but that didn't stop me from trying this morning. IMG-8752.JPG
     
  9. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    I think you need one more. I really don’t know what to do with mine. Hubby got it as a surprise for me. He told the LFS I needed another longfin leopard danio and came home with Slick. I have a twenty nine gallon and just cranking up a forty long. Decisions. Hubby says you got a good pic. :)
     
  10. jkelleylbi

    jkelleylbi New Member Member

    Stocking around them was something of a problem I hadn't considered until I was ready to add more fish after cycling. The children wanted glofish, so we eventually ended up with 6 assorted color glo-tetras which all seem to be doing well. I also added a gold severum and although he's a bit reclusive, he's growing and also seems to be doing well.
     
  11. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13 Well Known Member Member

    That’s good. Unfortunately my guy will be alone. :)