Leopard Danios fin flaring / circling eachother (video)

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Leopard Danios fin flaring / circling eachother (video)

Postby davidjp1982 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:10 pm

I have 4 Zebra Danios and 3 Leopard Danios in a Fish Pod 48 12 Gallon aquarium - I've noticed that the two largest Leopards quite regularly "display" and flare their fins to each other whilst circling each other. Is this normal behavior? Mating? Or territorial perhaps? Ive made a video and you can see them do it a bit around the 40 second mark at the lower right corner of the tank. Has anyone else experienced this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JhOHlb3guc
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Re: Leopard Danios fin flaring / circling eachother (video)

Postby Carylnz » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:55 pm

Perfectly normal. Depending on sex it may be males figuring out who's top dog, or a male interested in a female.
The following information may be of help to you as well. It is from Peter Cottle's website on Danio & Devarios. He is considered an expert on these fish...
http://www.danios.info/index.aspx
Most Danios & Devarios are quite active fish and appreciate plenty of swimming space. The larger the tank, the better they like it. If you are intending to keep a number of species, then a tank of minimum size 36 x 15 x 12 inches is required. A well planted tank with an assortment of plants is ideal for these fish. They are not plant eaters so even fine leaved plants will be OK in the aquarium. It is recommended that some water flow is provided; either by the use of an internal or external power filter. These species will often swim against the current as most Danios & Devarios are found in fast running streams. Water conditions are not critical as far as hardness is concerned. They do enjoy clean, clear water. Temperature again is not critical. They tend to like cooler conditions. A temperature of around 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 23°C) is ideal for most species. Some will be quite happy at even lower temperatures.
Danios & Devarios, are generally regarded as "sociable fish" and are far happier in an aquarium if kept in small shoals. A minimum of six fish of each species is recommended. They are not fussy eaters. Live food, in the form of Daphnia, mosquito larvae, Cyclops etc together with the frozen equivalents and dried foods are all eagerly consumed. It is recommended that live foods as above are used to condition the fish prior to attempting spawning. The sex of the fish can usually be identified quite easily. Male fish are slimmer and generally have a greater intensity of colour. Female fish tend to show that they are carrying eggs by their fuller "figure".
My home forum is The NZ Fishroom http://www.fnzas.org.nz
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Re: Leopard Danios fin flaring / circling eachother (video)

Postby davidjp1982 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:06 pm

Great thanks for the info and the link - will check the website out. Thanks again :)
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