How often to feed Zebra Danio fry?

  1. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I have some 3 + week old Zebra Danio fry and I was wondering "how often" do you need to feed them?

    I am assuming they are like any baby fish/cat/dog etc where they need to be fed more frequently than adults.

    Right now I have the Hikari First bites fry food. The package doesn't even say how often but just the generic blurb about only feeding them as much as they can eat in 2 minutes, blah blah blah

    So how often are you feeding your fry? This is my first experience ( and unexpected ) instance of babies :D and I want to make sure I am doing it right so they grow up healthy.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I feed my cory fry small amounts 3 times a day, I only use Hikari first bites for the first few days of feeding then move on to bbs.
    You can finely crush whatever you feed the adults & give it to your babies as well

  3. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Thanks. I was using crushed up flakes for the first week and then I just bought the Hikari first bites a few days ago.
    I thought it might be better for them. I started with maybe 25 fry and now I have about 8 that seem to be growing and thriving. :)

    What is BBS?????

    Thanks for your advice!
  4. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Bbs is baby brine shrimp, you can get it dried but it needs a really good soak before using or you can get frozen

  5. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Of course! DOH! The lfs suggested I "grow" some but I decided it was too much for me to try right now. I may use the frozen ones I have because I already feed my fish in the main tank brine shrimp but its seems really large for them now. They are still the size of a large piece of lint with eyeballs :;eye :;eye

    You could barely even see them 2 weeks ago.... Both my hubby and son kept saying there wasn't any fish and I was crazy - THATS how small they were! LOL
  6. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I can't be bothered to rase it myself either, I only use it for fry & my Lfs also has what they call 'hatch in the bag' bbs.
    I just take a bag out of the fridge, leave it in a warm place overnight & I have live bbs the next morning
  7. Junne Fishlore Legend Member


  8. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I take it you don't like the live food idea, or was it because I keep it in my fridge? Lol
    It's in a seperate compartment well away from my food & double wrapped
  9. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I use the frozen and even that creeps me out but the thought of anything LIVE in my fridge, well thats just double ICK factor... LOL

    I am getting a bit creeped out because I JUST FINALLY drained the water in my 36 gallon ( after rescuing the last of the fry ) and I am dragging my feed on taking the rocks out and cleaning the tank. LAST I saw, there were little white creepy crawly lint looking things on the glass ( some even got transferred over to the QT tank with the fry ) but I think either the fry are eating them or the MTS snails are... Either way, its ;:barf
  10. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    The only live food that creeps me out are tubifex worms, I don't buy those

  11. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I am going to pretend I didn't read that and I am certainly NOT going to look them up to see what they look like since its almost lunch time over here :)
  12. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Haha sorry, good idea not to look them up
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  16. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    That's the same with the Hikari - dust! I dip one end of a set of fish tweezers I have in water and then sprinkle some on it and that seems to be quite a bit.

    Yes, I suspect the Zebra females ( I have 3 of them ) have been laying eggs for awhile. I just never got lucky enough to have actual fry :)