The ethics of DNA manipulation is a subject to debate, but the glofish aren't tortured cruelly like dyed or tatooed fish. I don't have a problem with a store selling them. They have normal livespans and health for a Danio. The ones that you buy in the store are born that way and come from parents that are glofish.
Glofish were born of an experiment in DNA manipulation, adding jellyfish DNA to Danio eggs. About 90% of Glofish are infertile, but 10% breed true and that's what people buy in the stores. They'd be quick snacks in the wild though.
From what I've learned about them - They were intended to detect pollution by a triggered luminescence, hence the jellyfish DNA, but the glofish was developed as a result. They were originally thought to be 100% sterile so they were sold to bring in money to the project, but they weren't totally sterile and some glofish that had been sold had babies which led to stores having them and breeders, etc.
my ammonia spiked and has been 0 for a few weeks now, so I thought that meant it had cycled?
I don't agree that buying glofish is supporting a cruel act:
"Today's GloFish fluorescent fish are bred from the offspring of fluorescent zebra fish that were originally developed several years ago. Each new GloFish fluorescent fish inherits its unique color directly from its parents, maintains the color throughout its life, and also passes the color along to its offspring."
That's how I learned. In a new tank - I never have fish loss because I learned how to stop it early on. I am now the proud owner of a 47 gal planted community - soon to have it's own Java moss log and carpet!
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The camera should have/come a usb cord that plugs in to your PC. This allows the transfer of the 'info' from camera -> PC. Depending on the camera you have, you can go to their website and download a 'manager' that will assist you in loading up the photos.
Regarding the glofish, sorry about the loss, gl in the future! My daughter wants some badly now to go in with her platys. She loved the bright colors they were at the store tonight. We talked to the employee on site this evening, and he explained the DNA thing pretty well. They use the dye to test things in water treatment plants he said, or something like that. A portion of the money paid for them goes back in to that research.
Your tank has no space for GloFish, FL community fans. According to the inch per gallon rule; if you had 6 GloFish (The minimum number you can keep them in.) you would have 13inches of fish in a 10gal tank. Because this is your first tank, I recommend you go a 5th undersocked - so treat this tank as if it was an 8gal. I say, get her 2 male guppys (Let her choose what colours - and get different colours.) and your done. Of course, you could buy a 20gal. That would give you space for GloFish, the Platys and 2 guppys. Plus - you could use the 10 gal for a male Betta!