About Zebrafish : The zebrafish is a sultry freshwater fish belonging to the Minnow family of Cyprinidae. It is a well-known aquarium fish, often sold under the trade name zebra danio, and is a significant vertebrate model organism in scientific study.
Distribution : It is commonly found in rivers, canals, ditches, streams, ponds, and slow moving to sluggish water bodies, including rice fields. Zebrafish has been seen in some parts of the United States, apparently by conscious release or by escape from fish farms. They have also been found in Colombia.
Physical features : The fish is named for the five consistent, pigmented, parallel blue stripes on the side of the body, all of which broaden to the end of the caudal fin. Its shape is uniform and laterally condensed, with its mouth going upwards. Males are torpedo-shaped and have golden lines between the blue stripes. Females have a bigger, whitish stomach and have silver stripes. Adult females will show a small genital papilla in front of the anal fin. The zebrafish can grow up to 6.5 centimeters, although it is unusual for them to grow past 5 cm in captivity. Life-span in captivity is around 2 to 4 years, although in best conditions, may extend up to 6 years.
Reproduction : The approximate production time for the Zebrafish is 3 to 5 months. A male must be near for ovulation and spawning to happen. Females are able to produce at intervals of 2 to 3 days, laying hundreds of eggs in each clasp.
Diet : The zebrafish is omnivorous. It mainly eats zooplankton, insects and phytoplankton. It can eat a range of other foods, such as worms and crustaceans if its preferred sources are not readily available. Most of the Zebrafish accept common food such as tubifex worms and food flakes in the aquarium.
Red Zebra fish :
- Scientific Name : Metriaclima estherae
- Common Name : Red Zebra, Orange Zebra
- Family : Cichlidae
- Species Type : African Cichlids
- Maximum Size : 6 inches
- Life Span : 11 years
- Minimum Tank Size : 35 gallons
- Possible Tank Mates : Synodontis catfish
Physical features : This fish is a member of the Rock Dwelling cichlid family. Their surroundings should be compactly decorated with rocks and rock sea caves, fine gravel, fine gravel. Their preferred tank mates may consist of other Mbuna and Synodontis catfishes Red Zebras are Omnivores, and do well with clean spinach, peas, and lettuce. Live foods include crickets, brine, mealworms, glass worms. Frozen foods like beef heart, hi-pro, daphnia, ,plankton, and brine shrimp are also excellent choices.
Blue Zebra Fish : The Blue Zebra Fish was one of the first to get imported from Africa. Its' remarkable colors, mating practice and diverse morphs have kept it one of the most well-liked fish from the great rift lakes.
Common names : Blue Zebra, Zebra Malawi Cichlid, Cobalt blue Cichlid
Physical Features : Its forehead looks faintly puffy and they have the characteristic broad lips. Taller and thicker compared to the other members of its species. The supple rays of the anal and dorsal fin are sharp. The tail fin is slightly curled.
Coloration : The coloration of the blue zebra can differ widely. This variety of coloration is known as polychromatism. The most familiar morph is the Blue variety, other consist of the checkered varieties known as the Orange Blotch Morph the light Blue Morph. The male�s fish have a Blue color sheen, which becomes very distinctive at reproduction time.